Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

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Senators question Dunleavy’s budget proposal

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Anchorage Republican Sen. Natasha von Imhof said that to maintain Dunleavy’s commitment to full permanent fund dividends — without having an income tax — would require cuts on the scale he’s proposed.

Suspect arrested for 25-year-old murder of UAF student

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

There’s a break in a murder case that has haunted Fairbanks for over a quarter century.

Industry launches campaign to rid ocean of plastic. Is it for real?

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

The plastics industry has a new billion-dollar campaign to get plastic trash out of the ocean. Sen. Dan Sullivan and a close ally are working on a bill to enhance that campaign. But is industry really suited to clean up the mess its products create?

5 people rescued from life raft after vessel sinks southwest of Unalaska

Laura Kraegel, KUCB – Unalaska

Five people were rescued safely from a life raft in the Bering Sea Friday, after their fishing vessel sank about 40 miles southwest of Unalaska.

Ketchikan, Peterburg and Wrangell all low on hydropower

June Leffler, KSTK – Wrangell

Petersburg and Wrangell officials have floated the idea of SEAPA paying for all or some of the cities diesel costs.

Part of Bering Sea Pacific cod fishery could move toward quota system

Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer

About a year after federal regulators dramatically cut the Pacific Cod quota in the Gulf of Alaska, some fishermen in the Bering Sea say there are too many boats fishing for the declining species.

UAF to name new coastal research vessel

Robyne, KUAC – Fairbanks

A new research boat will hit Alaska waters this spring. The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at UAF will use the new Research Vessel for coastal science.

Fashion faux pas? MLM company LuLaRoe sued in Alaska over sales taxes.

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau

Anchorage resident Katie Van says she was charged undue sales taxes on clothing she bought from outside of Alaska. But LuLaRoe says they fixed their sales tax automation software and already made refunds.

Mushers cap off 2019 Yukon Quest at annual banquet

Lex Treinen, KUAC – Fairbanks

Yukon Quest mushers, fans and officials gathered Saturday night in Fairbanks for the annual finish banquet. Mushers took to the microphone to recount their experiences on the trail, while awards recognized their achievements.