Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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Bill seeks to rescind decision to allow drilling in ANWR

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

A hearing about it in the U.S. House Tuesday became a debate, sometimes angry, about which Alaska Native people Congress should listen to.

US Supreme Court rules in favor of Sturgeon, limiting NPS jurisdiction of state-owned rivers

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

In its second consideration of a case filed against the National Park Service by Anchorage resident John Sturgeon, the U.S. Supreme Court found state rivers are basically exempt from NPS regulation.

On Talk of Alaska, Dunleavy takes calls on budget cuts, taxes

Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Gov. Mike Dunleavy fielded questions about his budget proposal and plan for Alaska’s fiscal future during an appearance on Alaska Public Media’s statewide call-in show Talk of Alaska Tuesday morning.

UAA investigates misconduct allegations against ex-teacher

Associated Press

A retired University of Alaska Anchorage professor was the subject of a university investigation over sexual misconduct allegations by multiple women, including one who said he accosted her in a shower. A copy of an investigative Title IX report obtained by Anchorage television station KTVA says investigators found the accusations by the nine women credible.

House members propose budget amendments

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO & Alaska Public Media – Juneau

The Alaska House has had its finance subcommittees review the state budget over the past month, and the subcommittees have proposed a series of spending reductions. But these cuts are much smaller than those proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy

Alaska delegation introduces bills to curb states’ bans on walrus ivory

Davis Hovey, KNOM – Nome

Alaska’s Congressman and Senators have introduced legislation in the U.S. House and Senate to preempt states from banning walrus ivory, whale bone, and other marine mammal products.

Pebble CEO emphasizes mining project’s changes at legislative meeting

Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham

The Army Corps of Engineers released its review of the proposed Pebble Mine last month. The copper, gold and molybdenum mine would be built in the Iliamna Lake region of Bristol Bay. In a project update before the House Resources Committee on Monday, Pebble Limited Partnership CEO Tom Collier said the draft environmental impact statement demonstrates that the proposal is an acceptable path forward.

History of Alaska’s worst environmental disaster preserved in State Archives

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

One of the legacies of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill are the thousands of state documents generated by the state’s response. They’re piled to the ceiling in the Alaska State Archives in Juneau.