In this newscast:
- Tribal leaders from across Southeast Alaska, British Columbia and Washington state sound the alarm over threats to wild salmon,
- the state of Alaska is negotiating a contract extension to pay a law firm for its services fighting Alaska unions,
- the Alaska Supreme Court says the state must pay legal fees for the Stand for Salmon ballot initiative that failed last year,
- President Donald Trump hands his mic over to an Alaska businessman to highlight what he calls “capricious government regulation,”
- University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen addresses breakdowns in unity across the system,
- Standard and Poor’s lowers it debt rating for the University of Alaska system,
- state prosecutors charge a 32-year-old Anchorage police officer with two counts of misdemeanor assault in his arrest of a man for bicycle violations,
- leaders of Anchorage International Airport hope to draw more global traffic, and
- the Alaska Zoo’s 19-year-old polar bear Lyutyik is being treated for an unknown medical condition.
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- Under Alaska state law, at least 30 days’ notice is needed to hold a non-emergency special session during the interim. That would push any special session now up against the holidays.
- The Tazlina was scheduled to have new side doors installed this winter. Instead, the state ferry will provide service between Juneau and the communities of Haines, Skagway, Hoonah and Gustavus.
- Bruce Tangeman, who ran the state's Department of Revenue, also wrote that any potential new taxes would support what he called an unsustainable budget, as well as permanent fund dividends.
- The NTSB update is a detailed, seven-page statement of facts about the flight and the investigation, with sections on the runway, the flight recorders, the plane and its engines. It does not assign a cause to the crash. That's expected later.