Alaska News Nightly: Friday, April 26, 2019

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Senate panel puts full dividend in budget draft with caveat

Associated Press

The Senate’s budget-writing committee voted to include a full dividend payout from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund this year, with the caveat that the item remains subject to negotiation.

Legislature considers plastic bag ban

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

The state legislature is considering a ban on plastic shopping bags.

Legislature votes to change contentious ethics rules

Associated Press

The Alaska Legislature has voted to change conflict of interest rules passed last year that members complained limited them from interacting with constituents and being involved with legislation.

Sheldon Jackson Museum supporters, staff in dark over possible sale of collection

Enrique Perez de la Rosa, KCAW – Sitka

The Sheldon Jackson Museum and its collection is up for sale. That’s after Governor Mike Dunleavy directed state agencies to sell underutilized property last month in an effort to reduce state spending on upkeep and maintenance costs.

Homelessness among KPBSD students on the rise

Renee Gross, KBBI- Homer

Homelessness among Kenai Peninsula Borough School District students is up 10 percent since this time last year. Due to lack of services and legal hurdles, many of those students are stuck in a cycle of couch surfing, camping or sleeping in their cars.

NPR’s Lakshmi Singh discusses state of media with Bartlett sophomores

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

At Bartlett High School in Anchorage, students in Linda Prince’s AP World History class hear a familiar voice every morning — that of NPR midday newscaster Lakshmi Singh.

AK: A home-like environment to keep Native languages alive with youth

Henry Leasia, KHNS – Haines

Officially there are 20 Native languages in Alaska. But fluent speakers continue to decline. That led then-Gov. Bill Walker to declare a linguistic emergency last year. Now… Tlingit elders are teaching young children early in a home-like environment. And as Henry Leasia reports they’re finding it more effective than the classroom.

49 Voices: Levi Samuel of Anchorage

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Levi Samuel in Anchorage. Samuel is a lifelong Anchorage resident who attends East Anchorage High School. He was part of this year’s Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute.