Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

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Dunleavy rolls out package in first step of ‘war on criminals’

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is proposing bills that would repeal most of what’s left of the criminal justice overhaul enacted three years ago.

The state’s new budget director is a well-known fiscal hawk, her budget is set to drop in three weeks

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

The state’s new budget director, Donna Arduin, is putting together a proposal for next year’s budget.

Revenue commissioner outlines a new direction for Alaska’s gas pipeline project

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

That direction looks a lot like a previous version of the project: one that was led by the oil companies on the North Slope.

Alaska’s population is down for the second year in a row — why?

Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

More people are leaving Alaska than are moving to the state, leading to overall population decline. That’s the major takeaway from data released earlier this month from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Fairbanks North Star Borough to vote on natural gas-powered public transit

Robyne, KUAC – Fairbanks

Cleaner burning natural gas could power some Fairbanks North Star Borough public transit buses. A resolution supporting a transition away from diesel and gasoline fueled vehicles is on the agenda for a Borough Assembly meeting tomorrow night.

Two Eagle River schools to remain closed next school year due to Nov. 30 quake damage

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Two schools in Eagle River will be closed next school year due to damage sustained during November’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake.

Alaska’s Danielle Riha is one of 4 finalists for National Teacher of the Year

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Danielle Riha, 2019 Alaska Teacher of the Year, is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year competition.

‘Laundry list’ of problems hitting climatologists amid government shutdown

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

You might think studying the Earth’s climate – including long-term data collection, number crunching and modeling – would be immune to even a month-long shutdown of the federal government. But University of Alaska Fairbanks climatologist Brian Brettschneider says there are some negative impacts.

Shutdown affects Yukon Quest

Lex Treinen, KUAC – Fairbanks

This year’s low snow cover, and ongoing partial federal government shutdown are complicating preparations.

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