Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Aug. 25, 2017

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Alaska Supreme Court upholds PFD cuts

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

On Friday, The Alaska Supreme Court upheld Gov. Bill Walker’s veto that halved Permanent Fund dividends last year.

State to replace Accu-Vote machines

Johanna Eurich, KYUK – Anchorage

The State of Alaska is on target to provide election materials in Alaska’s Native languages in order to meet a court-ordered deadline in a voting rights case.

Secretary Chao announces infrastructure changes for Alaska

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Alaskans got news that one of the most trafficked roads in the state is a step closer to improvements that have been 40 years in the making.

Alaska authorities identify pilot in plane deadly crash

Associated Press

Authorities have identified the pilot who died in a plane crash in Alaska as an Anchorage resident.

Assembly approves expansion to Sitka Hospital’s clinic

Emily Kwong, KCAW – Sitka

Sitka Community Hospital is getting the office extension it asked for, but not without some big picture questions from the Sitka Assembly Tuesday night on how it will stay financially solvent into the future.

Fish contamination levels in Columbia River’s Hanford reach prompts advisory

Courtney Flatt, Northwest Public Radio

Some resident fish in the Columbia River’s Hanford Reach aren’t safe to eat on a regular basis. The Washington Department of Health found six types of fish that have high levels of mercury and PCBs.

Fleet consolidation and loss of fishing jobs a hot topic at MSA hearing

Jay Barrett, KDLL – Kenai

Timed to coincide with the 25th annual Kenai River Classic invitation-only fishing derby, Senator Dan Sullivan brought his Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard to Soldotna on Wednesday for a hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

AK: Gold claims expand as Herbert Glacier retreats

Jacob Resneck, KTOO – Juneau

A retreating glacier is exposing virgin territory about 20 miles north of Juneau. Mining claims around the Herbert Glacier has a Canadian prospecting company excited and environmentalists concerned.

49 Voices: Brittney Anderson of McGrath

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Brittney Anderson in McGrath. Anderson moved to McGrath in January of 2016.

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