Alaska News Nightly: Monday, April 8, 2019

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House prepares its version of the budget 

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

In crafting its budget, the Alaska House is set to begin debating amendments tomorrow.

In Ketchikan, Dunleavy presents arguments for big budget cuts

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s Monday visit to Ketchikan included a 90-minute question-and-answer session with residents. Outside about 30 demonstrators picketed the venue.

Federal legislation would nullify many prohibitions on states that have legalized marijuana

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

A bill gaining traction in Congress would nullify many federal prohibitions on marijuana in states like Alaska that have legalized it.

Alaska businesses remain closed 4 months after earthquake

Associated Press

An Alaska earthquake four months ago is still causing disruptions for businesses whose buildings were damaged.

Alaska Senate OKs bill for fair liquor license

Associated Press

The Alaska Senate has passed legislation intended to allow the Alaska State Fair to continue selling alcohol.

Budget cuts put Anchorage transitional housing program at risk for closure

Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Proposed state budget cuts would defund several grant programs that provide “essential” support for transitional housing and other social safety net programs in Anchorage and around the state.

UA Board of Regents begins process to eliminate UAA Education department

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The University of Alaska Board of Regents took the first step today in phasing out the Education Department on the Anchorage campus. The regents voted to eliminate seven initial licensure programs.

Spill responders war-game worst-case scenarios in Southeast Alaska

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Suppose a heavy cargo ship hauling ore collided with a tug and barge? First responders from the state and federal agencies practiced containing a hypothetical spill near Hawk Inlet.

ADN owners buy 3 more Alaska newspapers

Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau

The Anchorage Daily News’ owners have bought three other small Alaska newspapers — the Arctic Sounder, Bristol Bay Times/Dutch Harbor Fisherman and Homer Tribune — according to Jason Evans, the former owner of those papers.

Rookie Ryan Redington wins 2019 Kobuk 440

Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome

Ryan Redington claimed victory in the 2019 Kobuk 440 on Sunday morning, pulling into Kotzebue with six dogs in harness just after midnight.