Alaska Morning News: Friday, April 26, 2019

7 a.m. Newscast

Interior delays offshore drilling plan, citing judge’s decision

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling in the Arctic and throughout U.S. coastal waters is on indefinite hold. That’s according to a Wall Street Journal story quoting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt.

Before, some teens in crisis had to leave their families in Juneau to get help. That’s changing.

Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

Since January, Southeast Alaska’s largest hospital has quietly rolled out a new program to close a big gap in behavioral health services for minors. So far, it’s provided care to more than a dozen young people in the midst of a crisis.

8 a.m. Newscast

Health commissioner downplays block grant idea

Associated Press

After Gov. Mike Dunleavy told President Donald Trump Alaska was interested in receiving Medicaid dollars as a block grant, Dunleavy’s health commissioner downplayed the prospect to lawmakers.

DEA hosts National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

On April 27, people can turn over unwanted or unused prescription medications – no questions asked – so they are not abused or discarded into the environment.

Emergency response workshop details communication shortfalls in rural Alaska

Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome

The Arctic Domain Awareness Center came to Nome last Friday to learn how rural Alaskans, particularly Alaska Natives, felt they were prepared to handle a major, weather-related crisis.