Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

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Governor Dunleavy unveils budget proposal

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget revealed today would slash spending across many state funded programs. Public schools, the university, Medicaid and the ferry system are among the areas that would be hardest hit.

Gov. Dunleavy faces political, legal obstacles to enacting far-reaching budget cuts

Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Governor Dunleavy’s power to reduce Alaska’s budget only goes so far – there are legal and political obstacles that stand between the governor and his goal of a balanced budget.

‘Devastating’ and ‘significant’: Educators react to Dunleavy’s budget proposal

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Education leaders are deeply worried about how the cuts will affect schools.

GOP House members propose plan to move bills without permanent speaker

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

A group of House Republicans has proposed limiting the rules to allow the House to operate until it has a permanent speaker. Normally, bills are heard first in committee and then advance to a floor vote.

Interior political giant Jack Coghill dies at 93

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Former state lawmaker Jack Coghill died this morning at the age of 93.

Signal detected from missing Guardian Flight plane

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Searchers have detected an underwater beacon from the Guardian Flight air ambulance that vanished en route to the Southeast community of Kake, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Armed alleged thief shot and killed by Fairbanks police

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Fairbanks Police shot a violent crime suspect to death along the Elliot Highway yesterday afternoon.

So far, seals are adapting to shrinking sea ice

Johanna Eurich, KYUK – Anchorage

Ice seals thought to be most affected by the disappearance of arctic sea ice seem to be doing well, according to data presented at the Alaska Marine Science Symposium last week.

Unexpected end-of-race storm hampers remaining Yukon Quest mushers

Lex Treinen, KUAC – Fairbanks

A winter storm hit Yukon Quest mushers heading to the finish line in Fairbanks yesterday. Several teams had to take refuge at checkpoints on either side of Eagle Summit.

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