Alaska News Nightly: Monday, April 22, 2019

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As his crime bills languish, Gov. Dunleavy renews the idea of a special session

Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, at a news conference Monday, again suggested he could order Alaska lawmakers into a special session unless they start advancing his batch of criminal justice bills.

Lawmakers strike compromise on scaling back conflict of interest restrictions

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The Senate passed an earlier version of the bill, which would have repealed the conflict of interest provisions entirely. The House passed its own version. A conference committee agreed on the compromise Monday.

Yukon River ready for breakup

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Tonight’s upcoming winter snow storm for the Interior may slow down some river break-ups this month. But the Kuskokwim and Tanana Rivers have seen record early breakups this year, and it’s likely the Yukon will follow suit.

Alaska first responders train up on urban search and rescue techniques

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau

During an exercise in Juneau, members of the Washington National Guard provided expertise on rescuing victims from buildings collapsed by an earthquake, avalanche or mudslide.

Southeast Alaska pilots raise concerns over Royal Princess megaship

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

In anticipation of the 2019 cruise season, Southeast marine pilots have been testing megaships in virtual reality. They’re concerned about one of the vessel’s maneuverability in tight spots and low speeds.

At Anchorage library, pilot program connects patrons to social services

Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

An ongoing pilot program seeks to connect Anchorage library patrons in need with local housing, food, employment, health care and other resources. So far, it’s reached more than 200 Alaskans.

Through language, a Yup’ik teacher passes on a way of life

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

As a child, Alice Fitka was punished for speaking her Yup’ik language in school. Since then, she’s spent decades teaching it in the Western Alaska village of Tuntutuliak.