In newscast: The House Speaker says they plan to conduct legislative business in Juneau in the upcoming special legislative session, a judge has ruled that independents can run in the Democratic Party primary, the Juneau Assembly has sent a proposed sales tax break for seniors back to committee, local school officials are working on getting money for major roof repairs, and the prosecution has rested its case in the Christopher Strawn homicide trial.
In this newscast: The Juneau Assembly will revisit the senior sales tax initiative at tonight’s meeting, the Juneau School district has until Nov. 1 to submit a proposal to merge its two high school football programs, and the First Alaskans Institute’s annual Elders and Youth conference begins today in Anchorage.
KTOO’s midday newscast for Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. In this newscast:
electronics larger than cell phones must be put in bins with nothing on top or beneath for X-ray screening, under new rules;
the Mexican consulate in Seattle will send officials to Alaska next week to assist with Mexican passports;
an environmental group has filed notice that it will sue the federal government over its rejection of Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species; and
Doyon Ltd. is considering drilling a fourth well 50 miles west of Fairbanks.
Stories include: Democrats in Congress ask President Trump to overrule EPA Administrator on the Pebble Mine, and Flu, pneumonia deaths in Alaska top murder, assault in 2016, and Sensors planted at eroding villages of Kivalina, Shishmaref, and Shaktoolik.
In this newscast: The City and Borough of Juneau asks state regulators for more time to weigh in on the local electric utility’s acquisition by a Canadian company, a proposed ballot measure to curb lawmakers’ pay when a budget isn’t passed is cleared for signature gathering, an Anchorage judge overrules Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott to clear a ballot measure aimed at protecting salmon for signature gathering, Juneau’s three state lawmakers announce a town hall to be held this week, and Norway’s ambassador to the United States visits Petersburg and awards a local woman the Medal of St. Olav.
In this newscast: The City and Borough of Juneau updated Oct. 3 Election results with absentee and questioned ballots, UAS and local native organizations celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Juneau police identified remains found near the base of Thunder Mountain last week as a hiker missing since June and a Ketchikan man lay dead near a city street more than 12 hours before police were called.
KTOO’s midday newscast for Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. In this newscast:
Nearly every Alaskan woke up $1,100 richer today, thanks to this year’s permanent fund dividends;
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released Armstrong Energy’s plans for its billion-plus-barrel Nanushuk oil project; and
the Pentagon is injecting $440 million more into missile defense to counter North Korea’s accelerating push for a nuclear armed-missile capable of hitting the U.S.