Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 17, 2019

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Lawmaker says she won’t hear Alaska abortion ban bill

Associated Press

A state House Health and Social Services Committee co-chair says she will not hear a bill that seeks to outlaw abortion in Alaska.

Murkowski suggests multi-faceted approach is necessary to combat carbon emissions

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

Companies like BP, Shell and Exxon are launching coalitions to do something that was almost unthinkable a few years ago: They’re asking Congress to impose a tax or fee on carbon emissions. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is highlighting a different approach in the Senate Energy Committee.

Court throws out Pebble-backed lawsuit against BBRSDA

Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham

A Superior Court judge today dismissed a Pebble mine-backed lawsuit against a regional seafood development association in Bristol Bay. It’s a legal victory for the association, which was sued by six of its members last month.

Ferry system could still be operational with Legislature’s suggested cuts

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The Alaska Marine Highway System will likely avert a shutdown proposed by the Dunleavy administration but operate at a reduced level this winter.

Feds demand armed backup to keep Prince Rupert ferry terminal open

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Alaska’s cash-strapped ferry system may soon pay the wages of Canadian police in order to maintain its connection to British Columbia. The arrangement is in response to a demand by U.S. customs agents for armed back up.

Spring Creek continues clean-up, investigation of May 7 riot

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Staff and inmates at Spring Creek Correctional Center – Alaska’s maximum security prison, in Seward – continued to clean up this week after a riot there May 7th.

AK: Counting the hooligan swimming through Haines streams

Claire Stremple, KHNS – Haines

The only ongoing research on Southeast Alaska hooligan is the result of a nine-year study by the Chilkoot Indian Association.

49 Voices: Maurice Nanalook of Bethel

Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Bethel

This week we’re hearing from Maurice Nanalook of Bethel. Nanalook was one of several drummers at this year’s Cama-i Dance Festival.