Alaska News Nightly: Monday, April 15, 2019

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Bill would shift Medicaid recipients to private insurance market

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

A bill backed by Governor Mike Dunleavy would allow the state to shift up to 49,000 Alaskans covered by Medicaid expansion to the private insurance market.

Candidate Dunleavy said he had no plans to cut ferries, schools, university. Then Gov. Dunleavy proposed deep reductions.

Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

When Governor Mike Dunleavy was on the campaign trail, he said he had no plans to cut the state budget for schools, ferries or the university system. But once he was elected, he proposed just that — major spending reductions.

Murkowski says she doesn’t like education cuts in Dunleavy budget

Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel

Senator Lisa Murkowski is keeping mostly neutral on Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget cuts. She spoke about his budget on a visit to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta this past weekend.

Melting ice is disrupting daily life in the Y-K Delta in the worst possible way

Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel

This spring has seen record-breaking warm temperatures across Alaska. In the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, the Kuskokwim River is melting early — with devastating consequences.

Builders in Anchorage await a mini-boom from earthquake repairs

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

As the snow melts, a complete picture of the damage from November’s earthquake is emerging, giving the construction industry a sense of optimism about the building season ahead.

Southcentral residents still have until April 30 to file taxes, due to earthquake

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Thousands of Alaskans affected by the earthquake that struck Southcentral Alaska Nov. 30 are eligible for an automatic extension for filing their tax returns.

An end to school bond debt reimbursement could hike local property taxes

Kavitha George, KMXT – Kodiak

The recent House Finance Committee vote to end school bond debt reimbursement could have major implications for property owners in some municipalities.

To stay or to go? Anchor Point parents and teachers grapple with potential school closure

Aaron Bolton and Renee Gross, KBBI – Homer

Students, parents and faculty on the Kenai Peninsula are coming to grips with the reality that state cuts to education may force school closures.

Eielson prepares for incoming F-35 fighters

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Eielson Air Force Base and Interior Alaska skies will soon be home to F-35s, the pilots who fly the fighter jets, and all of the support units that maintain them. The two combat squadrons are undergoing what’s called a bed down – that’s the developing of facilities to house and take care of the 54 technologically advanced and expensive planes. That is expected to be completed a year from now.