Alaska News Nightly: Monday, March 18, 2019

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Green New Deal? Murkowski says no, opts for middle way on climate

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

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is talking about global warming more than ever. While the Green New Deal is a lightning rod in Congress, Murkowski says she’s reaching for what’s politically possible. In a word: “Innovation.”

State report confirms troubles with handling violence at state’s only psychiatric hospital

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

A new report released today substantiates major problems at Alaska’s only psychiatric hospital.

Republicans leave school budget subcommittee in protest over process

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The Republican members of the House subcommittee reviewing the state education budget walked out of a meeting this morning.

State forecasts higher oil prices, lower production in spring update

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The state government forecasts that oil prices will be slightly higher this year and next than it projected in the fall. And it says oil production will be slightly lower.

Ft. Wainwright soldier dies in wreck off Parks Highway

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

A Fort Wainwright soldier was killed Friday in a wreck near Sheep Creek on the Parks Highway.

Scientists question whether Fish and Game’s massive hatchery salmon study is biased

Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says its massive hatchery-wild research study will inform the conversations surrounding the rates at which hatchery pink and chum salmon stray into wild streams and whether they’re less productive than their wild counterparts. The project could have big market and regulatory implications for Alaska’s hatchery industry.

Court rules against Klukwan, conservation groups in permitting lawsuit

Henry Leasia, KHNS – Haines

On Friday, a federal court ruled that the Bureau of Land Management does not have to consider future impacts of mine development before approving activities for mineral exploration in the Chilkat Valley.

Alaska lawmakers learn about a subsistence superfood

Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

It’s becoming more common for public facilities in the state to accept wild-harvested donations, such as deer or seafood. Seal soup has been added to the menu at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

New UAF research may be groundbreaking for electronic data storage

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher has made a discovery which could dramatically increase electronic storage capacity. The work could break a computer memory barrier dictated by particle size and stability.

Lead facilitator of Anchorage youth leadership program to retire after 22 years

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Kids in school learn the basics – math, reading and science. For 22 years, the Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute, or PYLI, has worked to add in another important skill set: leadership. This year, the program had Anchorage students participate in a week-long course — during Spring Break — designed to get them excited and involved in activism and taking prominent roles in their communities.

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