Alaska News Nightly: Monday, March 11, 2019

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Republican senators concerned with scale of proposed budget cuts

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Key senators are weighing how they’re going to approach the budget. That could have a big impact on everything from what services the state offers to the size of permanent fund dividends.

Cash assistance to Alaska low income seniors faces cut

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

More than 11,000 elderly Alaskans would lose a cash assistance program that’s been around for nearly half a century.

CEO says genetically engineered salmon is no threat

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

AquaBounty’s CEO says Alaska’s wild salmon industry has nothing to fear from the genetically engineered salmon her company plans to raise and sell.

Boeing plane involved in two deadly crashes not currently operating in Alaska

Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau

United and American Airlines said they do not currently fly the 737 Max 8 to Alaska and Alaska Airlines does not currently operate any Max planes — but plans to add several to its fleet this summer.

Homer Rep. Vance apologizes after criticizing letters from high school students

Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer

A freshman House lawmaker took to social media to criticize Homer high schoolers that had written her office over proposed education cuts. Homer Rep. Sarah Vance has since apologized and taken down the video on her Facebook page.

How school districts can keep students safe from abuse

Zoe Grueskin, KTOO – Juneau

If records and reference checks don’t turn up any red flags, there isn’t much other information available to school districts. But there are other steps districts can take to emphasize student safety.

Kaiser takes lead as Petit stalls en route to Koyuk

Davis Hovey, KNOM – Nome

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race has a new leader after Nic Petit’s team stalled on the sea ice Sunday night. Bethel musher Pete Kaiser leads defending champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom and Jessie Royer, who all passed Petit and arrived in Koyuk Monday morning.

Warm wet conditions punctuate bad winter for this year’s Iditarod mushers

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

It’s been a weird year for weather along the Iditarod trail. Warm, wet conditions have hit mushers along much of the route. It’s a consequence of an exceptionally bad winter for ice conditions along the Bering Sea coast.

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