In this newscast:
- A hobby shop at Juneau’s prison gets converted to additional bed space as state prisons fill up,
- tourism interests push back against a federal effort to open the Tongass National Forest to more road building and logging,
- Sitkans try to push conversations about Alaska Day to include the idea of decolonization,
- President Trump taps a former oil industry attorney to be the new U.S. District Court judge for Alaska, and
- Washington state’s King County sues e-cigarette maker JUUL, alleging fraud, racketeering and targeting children.
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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.