Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Oct 26 2016

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 Now Lawmakers juggle ideas on alternatives to Walker’s PFD cutAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauFew citizens love the fact that Governor Bill Walker vetoed half the money for Permanent Fund dividends this year – including Walker. Walker said the PFD cut is necessary as part of a comprehensive fiscal plan he’d like the Legislature to adopt.  Two senators would like to reverse the cut through different methods – a lawsuit and a new piece of legislation.Whittier Tunnel closed after rocks fall, repairs underwayJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFallen rocks in the Whittier Tunnel caused the Alaska Department of Transportation to temporarily close the thoroughfare, cutting off road and rail links to the community.US Senate candidates debate Arctic issues in BarrowLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSen. Lisa Murkowski and three challengers debated Wednesday in Barrow in what is said to be the first U.S. Senate debate to take place above the Arctic Circle.A week after return to duty, Fairbanks police Chief back on leaveDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksFairbanks city police Chief Randall Aragon is on administrative leave again. A week after outgoing Mayor John Eberhart returned Aragon to duty, newly sworn in Mayor Jim Matherly reversed the order Tuesday and put the chief back on paid leave.State’s anti-discrimination agency under scrutinyLakeidra Chavis, KTOO – JuneauChugiak resident John Suter had an extraordinary discrimination case with the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights. It took the agency five years to investigate his case. ASCHR is the state’s anti-discrimination agency. In 2011, a legislative audit found that the agency wasn’t doing its job. Amid complaints to the governor’s office and a new director with no legal experience, the commission is trying to move forward.Defense Secretary halts Pentagon recall of bonuses from California National Guard service membersZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSecretary of Defense Ash Carter released a statement Wednesday halting the Pentagon’s collection of bonuses wrongfully paid to national guard members.Kenai Borough Assembly overrides mayor’s veto of invocation policy resolutionDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerThe Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has voted to override Mayor Mike Navarre’s veto of the Assembly’s new invocation policy resolution.722 days after vote, Alaska’s first pot shop opens Saturday Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska’s first marijuana retailer is opening on Saturday. At least, that’s the plan.Young Clinton fan ‘totes’ her supportZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAs election day approaches, we’re checking in with voters around the state — asking what matters most to them and who they’re supporting. Tonight, we hear from 19-year-old Darrian Traw, a college student in Anchorage who literally wears her politics.last_img

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