In this newscast: Some people question why Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration fired two senior attorneys; the U.S. House of Representatives passes a bill transferring federal land in Sitka to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium; nearly 200 Juneau elementary school students have learned the ins and outs of gardening; the estate of the late Grace Schaible gifted the University of Alaska Fairbanks $2.7 million; and a Southwest Alaska village man suspected of stabbing another person with an ulu has been charged with felony assault.
- Alaska state transportation officials confirmed that the MV Columbia will not sail past Sept. 4. The state plans to assign the ferry’s 62 crew members to other vessels.
- Federal regulators are investigating video footage that appears to show a Holland America Line cruise ship narrowly missing a pod of humpback whales while on its way to Juneau.
- Legislative leaders say the floor sessions would be held at the Capitol in Juneau, while most of the meetings would be in Anchorage at the Legislative Information Office.
- The rising water level will bring more debris and much colder water. "So, if you were to perhaps fall in the river, there would be more risk of hypothermia," said Nicole Ferrin of the National Weather Service.