Alaska News Nightly: Friday, April 19, 2019

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Senate budget taking place with less than a month of session to go

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The Legislature has 26 days until the session is scheduled to end. The Senate’s version of the budget is taking shape. But there are still a lot of questions about the Legislature will be able to get done this year.

Government says marijuana involvement can derail citizenship

Associated Press

Immigration authorities on Friday said that anyone with any involvement with marijuana, regardless of whether it’s legal in the state they live in, can be denied from citizenship because the drug is still outlawed by federal law.

Wintergreens prepares to open the first marijuana lounge in Haines

Claire Stremple, KHNS – Haines

Alaska is poised to become the first state to regulate cannabis cafes. The state’s Marijuana Control Board is now accepting applications for onsite consumption. That’s despite uncertainty stemming from recent board appointees by Governor Mike Dunleavy’s administration.

Group apologizes after appearance by banned UAA professor

Associated Press

An archaeology organization has apologized for the attendance of a banned Alaska professor at its annual meeting.

Ketchikan pastor, teacher sentenced to 18 years, 12 suspended

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

Former Ketchikan High School teacher and local pastor Doug Edwards was sentenced Thursday to serve six years in jail for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl who was a student and member of his congregation.

Records reveal DOT planning Berners Bay ferry terminal on Lynn Canal

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The Dunleavy administration is considering a new Juneau ferry terminal 30 miles north of the existing one to accommodate the short-range of the new Alaska-class ferries. It’s part of the plan to ensure day boats can connect Juneau with Haines and Skagway.

AK: One family’s pirate home is Sitka’s hidden treasure

Katherine Rose, KCAW – Sitka

What if you wanted your home to be more extraordinary, more unusual, more like, say, a pirate ship? One Sitka family has been realizing that vision, slowly turning their home into a shipwrecked, tropical paradise over the last 40 years.

49 Voices: Leena Tarar of Anchorage

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Leena Tarar in Anchorage. Tarar is an exchange student at Bartlett High School, originally from Pakistan. She was part of this year’s Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute.