A proposed federal spending bill calls for the creation of a federal task force to address debris washing ashore from last year’s tsunami in Japan.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office says the senator was successful in getting the provision added. It would direct the U.S. Interior Department to work with other federal agencies to develop the task force.
Murkowski has said it’s essential the Obama administration have a plan for how the U.S. will prepare for and recover from debris as it reaches U.S. shores and waters.
- JDHS head football coach Kevin Hamrick, said he doesn't know how much longer the school will be able to fund its team. Both JDHS and TMHS also face safety concerns from playing freshmen on varsity.
- Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth said banishment cases generally are private civil actions that the state has no authority over, but the state will investigate cases involving possible crimes or constitutional issues if asked.
- Senate President Pete Kelly said after convening the session in Juneau, the Senate plans to hold hearings in Anchorage and return to Juneau when there's something to act on.
- The Juneau Assembly declined to pass a broaden sales tax exemption for seniors. Opposition from businesses prodded elected officials to refer the initiative back to committee.