Alaska News Nightly: Friday, March 29, 2019

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Judge deals blow to King Cove road

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

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason has thrown out the Interior Department’s land exchange agreement for the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, a deal intended to allow for a road to connect King Cove to Cold Bay.

Alleged white supremacist gang members make court appearances for murder and kidnapping charges

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Two men alleged to be part of a violent white supremacist gang made their first court appearances in Anchorage today since their recent indictments on murder and kidnapping charges.

Most Dunleavy budget cuts face legal, political obstacles

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

With most of the budget, if the Legislature decides to fund more than what the governor wants, he can use his line-item veto to remove the money. But not in the case of the school funds.

AFP ‘roadshow’ comes to Fairbanks

The Americans For Prosperity presentation series on Alaska’s state budget came to Fairbanks last night. The national group has been hosting Governor Mike Dunleavy and his economic advisers on the roadshow.

Will Alaska endorse climate science education?

Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

Alaska could be joining dozens of other states by adopting the framework of Next Generation Science Standards. On Friday, the State Board of Education unanimously approved a draft slated for public comment.

Bethel welcomes dancers to Cama-i 2019

Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel

Today begins the cultural explosion of the Cama-i Dance Festival. The dancing started this evening at Bethel Regional High School, and will last through the weekend until late Sunday night.

AK: Sludge, scum and grit take toll on Sitka’s aging wastewater facility

Katherine Rose, KCAW – Sitka

Ever wonder what happens when you flush? At Sitka’s wastewater treatment plant, a $10 million dollar revitalization project is in the works for the facility that was built almost 40 years ago.

49 Voices: Eli Pelletier of Anchorage

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Eli Pelletier in Anchorage. Pelletier was born in Canada and just moved to Alaska from Denmark a few months ago. He attends South Anchorage High and was part of this year’s Points of Light Leadership Institute program.