Alaska Morning News Roundup April 3

  • Holy Bill of Rights Batman! Sen. Charlie Huggins (R-Wasilla) suggested during a Senate State Affairs Committee hearing that the state should start to collect DNA samples from middle schoolers so that it could then be compared to later crime scene samples. Nate Herz with the Dispatch has all the Minority Reportesque details.
  • The Kenai City Council unanimously passed a resolution yesterday in support of Robert Ruffner as a new member of the Board of Fish. This piece of news should put a spring in his step as he heads to his confirmation hearing with the House Resource Committee today.
  • Mat-Su coal mining is no longer a sure thing since a coalition of environmental groups have banded together in filing a lawsuit against a Usibelli Coal Mine permit with the federal courts. The Frontiersman explains that this filing occurred after it discovered that existing community members would be left out of voicing mining operations (future problems/issues) once Usibelli began operations.

    Image credit of Usibelli.com

    Image credit of Usibelli.com

  • Municipalities can now begin breathing a sigh of relief as regulations involving what muni’s role in regulating marijuana passed the House and is now headed to the Senate. Matt Buxton with the Fairbanks News Miner explains what specific clarifications HB75 currently entails.
  • Alaskans now have buddies to listen to The Smiths with to help dull the pain of financial realities stemming from the falling North Sea oil prices. The Dispatch reports that Great Britain’s (particularly Scotland) will be feeling monetary heartache as well.
  • In coffee spitting news, the Peninsula Clarion reports that the Senate Finance Committee has advanced the operating budget, but it does not include forward funding for public education. The slashing and burning doesn’t end there. The Fairbanks News Miner informs of education funding cuts that have left many speechless.Education Shock Tweet

 

  • The Dispatch’s Devin Kelly has the skinny on how the Anchorage mayoral candidates will be utilizing their time during the Weekend of Decision.
  • The Not-Rep. Geran Tarr’s Version of Erin’s Law received its first hearing in the Senate Education committee hearing, per the Juneau Empire.
  • Paging Yereth Rosen: Slate is wondering if Alaska is the next place where exploding permafrost will become the norm.Permafrost Explosion

 

  • Taking a page from the scorched earth policy book, Rep. Lora Reinbold (R-Eagle River) has proposed a constitutional amendment, HJR21, on term limits for state legislators that would prevent a state representative (elected every two years) from serving more than four full or partial successive terms or a state senator (elected every four years) from serving no more than two full or partial successive terms.
  • Alaska has joined 14 other states in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage bans, per APRN.
  • The Juneau Empire explains the changes occurring to charitable gaming.
  • Oil rigs off the coast of the U.S. dropped in number by 11 to a new lowest oil rig count of 802 since 2011, per Business Insider.Oil Rig count Graph

 

  • Read (and listen) to APRN’s in-depth interview with the two contenders for School Board Seat F.School Board Seat F

 

  • Business Insider explains what the Iran deal means to Alaska’s price per barrel. It isn’t good.
  • Politico reports that Sen. Lisa Murkowski could be of a handful of republican senators that could help confirm Loretta Lynch as the new U.S. Attorney General.
  • The Anchorage LIO appears to be on its way into “new” digs known as the Egan Center! The Dispatch explains that the Taj Mahawker’s lease funding is no more.
  • In Kids Say the Darnest Things News:
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