Alaska News Nightly: Monday, April 29, 2019

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Napakiak mourns after two prisoners die in jail fire

Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel

Two prisoners died early Sunday morning when flames engulfed the Napakiak jail.

Pot could leave black mark on immigration cases

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.

Federal immigration authorities issued a “policy alert” about cannabis. It’s causing a stir among Alaska immigration attorneys and exposes a gulf between federal policy and Alaska values on what constitutes “good moral character.”

Lawmakers are grappling with allowing a $3,000-dollar PFD in the budget

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Senators were talking about being fiscally responsible — and that Alaska Permanent Fund dividends would be just one slice of the budget pie. Now the Senate Finance Committee has finished its work.

Dry weather forecasted throughout much of the state

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Warm dry conditions are forecast across much of the state.

Fire season kicks off with over a dozen fires statewide

Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer

The Alaska Division of Forestry is warning Alaskans in the Southcentral region of the state about high fire danger.

Diomede’s outdated water system recovers only partially after failure; residents make do with snow melt and run-off

Davis Hovey, KNOM – Nome

Officials say a myriad of issues — including rust buildup in the water storage tank, an outdated pressure pump and a failed heating system — caused Diomede’s water system to stop working earlier this month.

University of Alaska seeking people affected by data breach

Associated Press

The University of Alaska is attempting to contact people who may have been affected by a computer data breach.

The 2019 cruise ship season has begun

Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau

It was the first of 20 scheduled visits for the Ruby Princess this season. The last ship of the season, the Norwegian Jewel, is scheduled to arrive on Oct. 2.

Alaska attorney general recovering after ‘scare’

Associated Press

Attorney General Kevin Clarkson says he had “quite the scare” but is on his way to a full recovery.

Someone took a sack of crap through Juneau airport security

Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau

The incident became one of the TSA’s latest pun-laden social media posts about absurd things people take with them when they fly.

New book packed with history of Southeast salmon canneries

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

Around a century and a half of history told through the ups and downs of the salmon canning industry in Southeast Alaska is the focus of a new book due to be released in May.

Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame induction tomorrow

Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Ten women from across the state will be honored on Tuesday evening in Anchorage during the 11th annual induction ceremony for the Alaska Women Hall of Fame.