Alaska Morning News: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

7 a.m. Newscast

Icebreaker construction plans make progress

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Plans to construct a new icebreaker reached an important milestone Tuesday:
The Defense Department announced it has selected a contractor to design and
build the ship.

Fairbanks City Council approves ‘cannabis cafes’

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Fairbanks City Council voted 4-to-2 to adopt an ordinance that would amend the City Code and allow so-called “cannabis cafes” to sell customers a small amount of cannabis for consumption on-site.

Lawmakers urge Dunleavy to engage B.C. over transboundary mining

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

State lawmakers from both the House and Senate are urging the Dunleavy administration to continue the state’s engagement with British Columbia over pollution threats from transboundary mining.

8 a.m. Newscast

Major issues unresolved in Alaska session’s final weeks

Associated Press

Lawmakers have yet to finalize a budget, and the size of the check residents will get this year from the state’s oil-wealth fund is unsettled.

As Capitol reporters dwindle, Alaska lawmakers grapple with rise of political blogs

Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

The press corps at the state Capitol has a new addition this year: Jeff Landfield, a failed candidate for state Senate who is now running a colorful political blog called the Alaska Landmine.

Future of Northwest e-recycler unclear after fraud sentences

Associated Press

The future of Total Reclaim Inc., one of the Northwest’s largest electronics recyclers, is uncertain after a judge sentenced its two founders to more than two years in prison each for fraud.

Business climate survey shows budget cut concerns

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

A questionnaire sent to business leaders across Southeast Alaska found deep
misgivings about Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s approach to balancing the budget.