Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

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Alaska bill would cut extra $20M approved for schools

Associated Press

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has proposed cutting the extra $20 million for schools that lawmakers approved during last year’s legislative session.

As governor, lawmakers eye full PFDs, budget cuts loom

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Governor Dunleavy says Alaskans should receive permanent fund dividends of roughly three thousand dollars this year. The proposal follows up on a campaign pledge that helped him get elected governor. But it won’t be easy for lawmakers to agree on the dividend’s size this year.

Murkowski pushes for 47-year-old Equal Rights Amendment to become law

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.

Sen. Murkowski is pushing for the Equal Rights Amendment. Yes, she knows that sounds like 1972 is calling and asking for its protest sign back.

Defense Dept. says climate change is a threat to bases around the country

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The report looks at 79 major military installations around the country, assessing both the current and future risks of flooding, drought, wildfires, desertification, and thawing permafrost.

State sues second opioid manufacturer

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

State attorneys announced Monday a lawsuit against Mallinckrodt, manufacturer of several opioid medications. The lawsuit alleges Mallinckrodt played down the risks of its products while exaggerating the benefits and using deception in marketing the drugs to doctors and other prescribers.

With CLIAA lawsuit at an end, Juneau considers proposals for marine passenger fee revenue

Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau

A federal judge has issued a final decision in a three-year-old case between the cruise industry and the City and Borough of Juneau.

After struggling for years to clean up its air, Fairbanks still faces contentious wood smoke problem

Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks

For years, Fairbanks and neighboring city North Pole have had some of the worst air quality in the United States. The area has been failing to meet a federal air quality standard since 2009 — now it’s reached the deadline.

UAF to test unmanned delivery drone technology

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

A team of unmanned aerial vehicle experts, led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is working on delivering emergency medical supplies — and, maybe later, cargo — across Alaska, with drones.

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