Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

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Trump’s wall could drain money from Alaska military projects

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.

President Trump’s plan to divert $3.6 billion from military construction accounts could drain money from Alaska projects.

Legislative finance gets ready to release its version of Dunleavy’s new budget

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

When Governor Dunleavy’s budget dropped on Wednesday, a lot of people in the state capitol retreated to their offices to read through it. They were looking for trends. What made it in? What got cut? How exactly does the state balance its budget?

Alaska fishing towns would forfeit $28M in fish tax under Dunleavy budget

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposals for balancing the state’s budget include a plan to stop sharing of millions of dollars in taxes on commercial fishing with coastal communities.

Alaska troopers announce cold-case murder arrest

Associated Press

Alaska State Troopers say a suspect has been arrested in the sexual assault and murder of a 20-year-old woman whose body was found in a dorm bathtub at the University of Alaska Fairbanks nearly 26 years ago.

Alaska court strikes down ‘medically necessary’ abortion law

Associated Press

The Alaska Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional a state law and regulation seeking to define what constitutes medically necessary abortions.

Multi-partisan House majority takes shape

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The shape of the Alaska House became clearer today, a day after newly independent Dillingham Representative Bryce Edgmon was elected speaker. And it looks like there will be 25 members in a multi-party majority, and 15 in an all-Republican minority.

EPA to establish PFAS contamination level for drinking water

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will establish a contamination level for perflourinated chemicals in drinking water. It’s one of the primary pieces of an action plan unveiled yesterday.

AK: Resurrecting the 52-year-old pipe organ at Fort Greeley’s chapel

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

The old pipe organ in the chapel at Fort Greely will soon again be belting out gospel tunes, if Army officials approve the post chaplain’s request to allow a pipe-organ expert from Nenana restore the rare 52-year-old instrument.

49 Voices: Claude Bondy of Cantwell

Zachariah Hughes and Joey Mendolia, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing more from Claude Bondy in Cantwell. Bondy owns and operate the Alpine Creek Lodge with his family.

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