Alaska Morning News: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

7 a.m. Newscast

State halts API privatization plan

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

According to the Anchorage Daily News, Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum announced the change at a press conference Monday afternoon.

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.

Coast Guard service members face drug charges in Alaska

Associated Press

Coast Guard service members face criminal drug charges stemming from an internal investigation. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Monday that the investigation beginning in fall 2018 has produced charges of cocaine and marijuana distribution, possession and use.

8 a.m. Newscast

Lawmakers strike compromise on scaling back conflict of interest restrictions

Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – Juneau

The Alaska Legislature is close to passing a bill that would change the conflict of interest law passed last year.

Yukon River ready for breakup

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A winter snow storm forecast 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.