Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Apr 13 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioOil and gas tax credit debate rages ahead of legislative session endAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe House spent six hours debating oil and gas tax credits Tuesday night. And they’re not done yet – lawmakers will pick up the bill again Wednesday.Industry calls Senate oil tax credit bill “bad for Alaska”Rachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageAs the Alaska House continues its marathon debate on the oil and gas tax credit bill, the Senate is moving its own version forward, hoping to beat the clock with just four days left.Skiers survive four days on Kenai Peninsula Glacier, credit GPS locator beacon for rescueDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerTwo skiers were whisked off a glacier on the southern Kenai Peninsula Tuesday by an Alaska an Air National Guard helicopter. Crews found the pair after they became stranded for four days.Chugiak Sen. Stolze announces he won’t run for reelectionEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageSenator Bill Stolze announced on the Senate floor today that he will not seek re-election. The Chugiak Republican cited health concerns, although he clarified that he was not dealing with an immediate health threat.Bethel City Council authorizes reimbursements for overcharged property ownersAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelBethel City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday to authorize reimbursements to Bethel property owners who the city overcharged on real estate taxes for more than a decade, because of an error in the city’s tax code.Legislature tries again to let voters choose state AGLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington D.C.Proposals to make the state attorney general an elected position have appeared year after year in the Alaska Legislature. This time the measure, sponsored by Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, has moved through three committees and is pending in Senate Rules. Both sides of this debate — pro and con — say they want to keep politics out of the AG’s officeBan on Planned Parenthood from teaching sex ed fails in House CommitteeHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamA bill to ban organizations like Planned Parenthood from teaching sex education in public schools failed in a House Committee Tuesday.Warm weather to lead to mellow breakup, experts sayDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksWarm weather and early snow melt, are conducive to a mellow break up. That was the message of forecasters during a teleconference Tuesday morning.  Alaska River Forecast Center Senior hydrologist Crane Johnson anticipates more of a mush out.Sitka broadens commitment to assessing landslide riskEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaAt their meeting last night, the Sitka Assembly broadened the city’s commitment to landslide risk assessment. They approved a community-wide mapping project and an analysis of the Gary Paxton Industrial Park. And if their deliberations had a central question, it was this: Given the land shortage in Sitka, does establishing “risk zones” hamper future development? Basically, how much is too much when it comes to landslide research?last_img

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