Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

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The Iditarod is moving to Fairbanks

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Once again, the Iditarod start is moving to Fairbanks.

Bill would bring back income tax, draw Permanent Fund money for state budget

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Alaskans would pay a tax on income for the first time since 1980 under a bill introduced in the Legislature Friday. The bill also would draw money from the Permanent Fund to pay for the state government’s budget. And it would set a new formula for Permanent Fund dividends.

Environmental group calls for shutdown of leaking gas line in Cook Inlet

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

A local environmental group is calling on regulators to shut down a leaking gas line in Cook Inlet until it is repaired.

Alaska regulators raid pot stores over oil sales

Associated Press

Alaska marijuana regulators raided several retail pot shops that appeared to be selling oil made from marijuana plants in violation of state law.

Juneau’s proposed ‘camping ban’ could affect HUD funding

Jacob Resneck, KTOO – Juneau

An ordinance to ban the homeless from camping in the downtown core continues to generate controversy. Now there’s questions over whether a ban could affect the community’s access to federal housing dollars.

Yukon Quest mushers continue following a stop in Dawson

Molly Rettig, KUAC – Fairbanks

Hugh Neff arrived in Eagle this morning in second place in the Yukon Quest. The defending race champion, pulled into the Yukon River checkpoint 3.5 hours after race leader Brent Sass, shaving about half an hour from the lead Sass had leaving the previous checkpoint at Dawson City.

AK: Happiness is orange at Hoonah City Schools

Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau

The Happiness Advantage is an idea based on research that points to a link between a positive mindset and success.

49 Voices: Phillip Eben of Anchorage

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Phillip Eben in Anchorage. He was born in Unalakleet.

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