Alaska News Nightly Thursday May 4 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowRep. Young votes for health care bill, says he won pledges for moreLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.A bill to replace the Affordable Care Act squeaked through the U.S. House today, with help from Alaska Rep. Don Young. He denounced a prior version as bad for Alaska. Now he says he’s won assurances there’ll be more for the state.Murkowski: Senate had duty to approve spending bill, avoid government shutdownCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageU.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski on Thursday touted the Senate’s passing of a spending bill, avoiding a possible government shutdown.With two weeks remaining, legislators still slow on budget processAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThere are two weeks remaining until the legislative session is scheduled to end, but there are few signs of progress on reaching compromises on the budget and a long-term plan to pay for it.Hilcorp announces project to bypass oil terminal by Redoubt volcanoElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAn environmental group is praising oil and gas company Hilcorp after it announced a new pipeline project in Cook Inlet. Hilcorp said the project would eliminate the need to store oil at the Drift River Terminal.Attorneys indicate agreement close in Pebble mine lawsuitAssociated PressAttorneys say they’re close to reaching agreement in a case brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by the company pursuing a massive gold and copper mine in southwest Alaska.Years of budget cuts hamper monitoring of Alaska earthquakes, including Monday’sMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauAlaska seismologists say continuing budget cuts are affecting their ability to quickly detect and pinpoint earthquakes.Fifth Russian aircraft interception in a month, but experts not alarmed Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFor the fifth time in less than a month, Alaska based U.S. fighter jets have intercepted Russian military aircraft.Fairbanks Borough taking comment on budget as budget teeters near capDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly takes public comment tonight on the proposed budget for the upcoming new fiscal year. Borough spending is up against a cap on property tax revenue, forcing a discerning look at budget priorities.Mat-Su Borough approves budgetCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageMeanwhile, in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Assembly members voted to approve a roughly $400 million budget plan on Wednesday.Off-duty Bethel police sergeant was driving vehicle that left one pedestrian dead, injured anotherAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelAn off-duty Bethel police officer was the driver in a car accident last month that left one pedestrian injured and another dead.State Tustumena ferry delayed to JulyKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakThe state Tustumena ferry will be out of service for longer than anticipated.Debate continues over role of Suboxone in primary careAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageBuprenorphine is one of the medications used to treat opioid addictions. A speaker at a recent medical conference in Anchorage says getting the medication to heroin users thru their primary care providers is an essential way to reduce overdose deaths. But some addiction treatment professionals in Alaska say not so fast.Federal budget deal maintains Alaska arts funding, state lawmakers OK arts restructuringEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe federal budget deal cut by Congress includes some good news for arts in Alaska.last_img