Alaska News

Unhappy Public Speaks For First Time In Special Session

The topics that came up after were varied. Some called for increased education funding, others Medicaid expansion, and then there were comments on a smorgasbord of other cuts. But there was one common theme: frustration.

Budget Battle: Republicans Search for Workaround In Lieu of Courting Democratic Support

For weeks the Legislature has been at a stalemate over its budget deficit. The Republican majority has been trying to secure a three-quarter vote to tap the state's rainy day account, but they need Democratic support to do that, which means increasing education funding and expanding Medicaid. Download Audio:

For $1B Radar, It’s Clear

The Missile Defense Agency today confirmed Clear Air Station as its preferred location for a new type of radar system, called Long Range Discrimination Radar. The selection of Clear helps solidify Alaska’s role as host to the ground-based mid-course missile defense system, designed primarily to shoot down warheads from North Korea. Download Audio:

State Takes Control of Nursing Facility, Citing Repeated Violations

It's been a week since the State of Alaska took the rare step of assuming control of Prestige Nursing home in Anchorage. State inspectors found dozens of violations during a visit to the facility. And the state says the nursing home had plenty of prior warning that it needed to improve. Download Audio:

Dalton Flooding: DOT Digs Trenches to Keep Airport Open

The northern stretch of the Dalton Highway is expected to remain closed into next week. Download Audio:

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 22, 2015

Budget Battle: Republicans Search for Workaround In Lieu of Courting Democratic Support; For $1B Radar, It's Clear; State Takes Control of Nursing Facility, Citing History of Violations; Dalton Flooding: DOT Digs Trenches to Keep Airport Open; Museum of the North Rolls Out A New Exhibit: DINOSAURS!; AK: A 12-Year-Old Cultural Ambassador; 49 Voices: Jean Aspen of Homer Download Audio:

Museum of the North Rolls Out A New Exhibit: DINOSAURS!

The University of Alaska Museum of the North opens a new exhibit Saturday. “Expedition Alaska: Dinosaurs” gives visitors the opportunity to experience paleontologists quest and what they’re finding in an underexplored region. Download Audio:

49 Voices: Jean Aspen of Homer

This week, we're hearing from Jean Aspen, a writer of wilderness books and a nurse who lives in Homer. Download Audio

Y-K’s Facebook Phenom Helps Kick Off Arctic Council Chairmanship

A Tooksook Bay teenager who became a singing sensation on Facebook performed for ambassadors and Arctic VIPs at the State Department in Washington D.C. last night. Byron Nicholai was introduced by Secretary of State John Kerry at a reception to mark the beginning of the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

The Legislative Special Session

Lawmakers have gaveled out of the Governor's special session without acting on his requests of fully funding the state budget, expanding medicaid and passing sexual abuse prevention legislation, known as Erin's law for schools. Legislators have now called themselves into special session. What changes when lawmakers make the call? APRN: Tuesday, 5/26 at 10:00am