Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Two tribes, Dunleavy at odds over tribal sovereignty

Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel

Two tribes say that Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration aren’t doing enough to consult with their leaders on big issues facing the state.

Dunleavy not planning marijuana board repeal this session

Associated Press

Gov. Mike Dunleavy does not plan to introduce legislation this session that would propose eliminating the board that regulates Alaska’s legal marijuana industry.

City of Nome again delays reading on public safety commission

Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome

At the last regular meeting, the council received suggested amendments from the American Civil Liberties Union. Those proposals were discussed during a work session last week, but not all of them were adopted for the Council meeting Monday.

Man who left correctional farm spotted at Mat-Su lake cabin

Associated Press

A man who walked away two weeks ago from Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm was spotted at a lake cabin in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Proposed agriculture funding cuts would hurt ‘state’s ability to feed itself,’ farmers say

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Alaskan farmers say the state gets a big bang for the small buck the state provides to agriculture. That’s why they say big cuts like those proposed by Governor Mike Dunleavy would inflict serious, long-term harm to the industry.

Anchorage School District to allow for tribal, cultural attire at graduation

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

During graduation in the Anchorage School District, some of the students’ attire will be a little more meaningful this year. The school district recently made a change allowing students to express their cultures as they celebrate their achievement.

Amid Anchorage budget adjustment, state actions loom large

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

In discussions over first-quarter budget revisions, a lot Anchorage’s financial future depends on decisions from legislators in Juneau.

Former state chief medical officer Jay Butler reflects on career

Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Alaska’s former chief medical officer Dr Jay Butler has accepted a position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to lead the office of infectious disease.