Dunleavy calls lawmakers to Juneau to continue special session
Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau
In a declaration Wednesday, Governor Mike Dunleavy amended his call for the second special session to have it take place in Juneau, rather than his original choice: Wasilla.
ACLU sues Dunleavy over “punitive” cuts to court system
Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
The civil rights group claims that the move by the governor infringes on the separation of powers laid out in Alaska’s constitution.
National credit rating agency downgrades University of Alaska’s credit rating by three notches
Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
The lower rating means it will be more expensive for the university to borrow money for various projects.
Alaska State Arts Council shuts down after funding loss
The Alaska State Council on the Arts has closed its doors. The Anchorage Daily News reports about 50 people turned out Monday to acknowledge the closing of the organization.
Alaska sees first measles case since 2015
Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the diagnosis was confirmed Tuesday, in an unvaccinated teenager from the Kenai Peninsula.
‘We’re never going to surrender’ — Sarah James on a life fighting oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge
Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage
Sarah James’ desire to preserve the Neets’aii Gwich’in way of life drove her into the thick of the battle over oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Owner of tug that spilled diesel in Canadian waters fined millions
Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The owner of a tug and barge that grounded and spilled diesel in Canadian waters on its return from Southeast Alaska will pay a multi-million dollar fine.
Bears try to move in, Angoon sets boundaries
Nina Sparling, KCAW – Sitka
Furry visitors have kept the residents of Angoon on their toes for the past few weeks. Several bears have made a habit of passing through town.
Author of ‘American Predator’ describes murder spree of Israel Keyes
Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
A book out this summer takes an extensive look at Israel Keyes, the man federal authorities say admitted to kidnapping and murdering teenager Samantha Koenig in Alaska, and others in the Lower 48.