Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, June 15, 2017

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With one day left in special session, little public progress on budget

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Senate President Pete Kelly said leaders should focus on the budget.

Uber, Lyft cleared to launch in Alaska

Zcahariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 132 into law this afternoon, opening up business in Alaska for Transportation Network Companies, including popular services like Uber and Lyft.

Southeast tribal organization says it will support the Paris Climate Accord

Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – Juneau

“We’re responsible for these lands,” Central Council President Richard Peterson said.

Federal officials make formal apology for WWII internment of Unangan people

Zoe Sobel, KUCB – Unalaska

On Wednesday, Federal officials apologized for their role in the World War II internment of the Unangan people.

U.S. Senate committee advances bill to make Native tribes eligible for Amber Alert grants

Tripp Crouse, KTOO – Juneau

The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Tuesday approved a bill, S.722, that would make Native tribes eligible for Amber Alert grants.

Shareholders consider shrinking Sealaska board

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Should Southeast’s regional Native corporation shrink its governing board? That’s a question before Sealaska’s more than 22,000 shareholders. Management opposes the change.

Propeller problems postpone ferry Columbia’s return

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

The largest vessel in the Alaska Marine Highway fleet will be late to return to service this summer.

Team Pure and Wild Freeburd wins 2017 Race to Alaska

Emma Atkinson, KRBD – Ketchikan

Four days and 750 miles after departing from Victoria, British Columbia, Team Pure and Wild Freeburd sailed into Ketchikan, making them the winners of the 2017 Race to Alaska.

Fiber broadband coming to Nome by year’s end, Quintillion says

Davis Hovey, KNOM – Nome

In order to stay on schedule, Kristina Woolston, Quintillion’s Vice President of External Relations, says they will have three vessels in Alaskan waters this summer to install 40 more miles of fiber, which wasn’t completed last year.

Longevity crucial to teachers’ impact in classroom

Josh Edge, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

While school is in session, students spend about 30 hours in the classroom every week. That’s more than 1,000 hours each academic year. This means teachers play a pivotal role, not only in a student’s education, but in their development as a person.

After over 40 years at Prudhoe Bay, general store manager to retire

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

The North Slope community of Deadhorse is an unusual place. Its No. 1 purpose is to serve the oil field its next to: Prudhoe Bay. There are no houses, there’s no downtown and no parks; just a series of industrial lots and gravel roads in the middle of the tundra. But Deadhorse does have a store. And the man who runs it is retiring this month, after 42 years.

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