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Alaska News Nightly Friday April 12 2019

September 9, 2019

first_imgState House passes operating budgetAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska House has passed a budget that includes about $250 million. That is about a quarter of what Gov. Mike Dunleavy as proposed.State DHSS suspends thousands of senior benefits paymentsHenry Leasia, KHNS – HainesThe Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has suspended payments for some recipients of the state’s Senior Benefits Program due to a lack of funding.Caring for Alaska’s seniors during tense budget talksElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauGov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget proposes eliminating more than a third of the state’s funding for Medicaid. To achieve that, some hospitals and nursing homes could be paid less to provide skilled labor.Army Corp begins hearings on draft EIS for proposed Pebble MineIzzy Ross and Renee Gross, KDLG – Dillingham and KBBI – HomerThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continued its series of public hearings on the proposed Pebble Mine and the project’s draft environmental review this week.Missile defense test success accelerates arms race with Russia, China, program critic saysTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksA prominent critic of U.S. missile defense agrees that a test of the system two weeks ago was a success. And that’s why former Assistant Secretary of Defense Philip Coyle is more concerned than ever that the system is fueling a new arms race with both Russia and China.AK: Experimental tilapia skin burn treatment heals Haines dogClaire Stremple, KHNS – HainesVeterinary medicine didn’t have solutions for severe burns in animals until a UC Davis vet was motivated by the California wildfires to pioneer a new treatment. She brought her skills to Haines to teach local vets how to use the tilapia fish skins—and help save a local dog’s life.49 Voices: John Fitka of TuntutuliakRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThis week we’re hearing from John Fitka in Tuntutuliak. Fitka was born in Bethel and is a subsistence hunter. Stories 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 @AKPublicNewslast_img

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