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Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Feb 8 2017

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 @aprnListen nowUniversity of Alaska president addresses lawmakers after no-confidence votesCaroline Halter, KTOO – JuneauThe faculty senate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks voted no-confidence in University President Jim Johnsen’s leadership on Monday, Feb. 6. The vote followed the same move by the Anchorage faculty Jan. 13. Johnsen addressed the issue Jan. 8 at a meeting of the Senate Education Committee.Chief justice urges lawmakers to collaborate and compromiseAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauState Supreme Court Chief Justice Craig Stowers said Alaska’s courts are leading the way in cutting costs in a way that doesn’t threaten vital services.Legislative uproar erupts during discussion of oil tax creditsRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauFor a few minutes today, the State House floor started to sound like Britain’s House of Commons. The chaos erupted after members of the House Resources committee released their much anticipated bill proposing another round of oil tax credit reforms.Dakota Access Pipeline builder says they will resume construction as soon as possibleAssociated PressThe company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline says it plans to resume work immediately to finish the project.Presbyterian Church formally apologizes to North Slope Natives for denouncing cultureLori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIn Utqiagvik, an apology from the head of the Presbyterian Church will be offered to the Alaska Native people of the North Slope. The idea is to start a process of healing by acknowledging that the Church, however well intended, was wrong, when it denounced the cultures of Native people, both in Alaska and across the nation.Rep. Young named ‘chairman emeritus,’ loses power of the gavelLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.For most of the past 20 years, Alaska Congressman Don Young has been either a committee or subcommittee chairman. But now he wields no gavel.Fairbanks School District eliminates graduate testsRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksFairbanks High School seniors scheduled to graduate this spring won’t need to take a college entrance exam. At its meeting last night, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board revamped its graduation requirements. The board also heard from some educators unhappy with the district’s new personalized learning model.New play tells stories of homelessness, inspires actionAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA new play showing in Anchorage this weekend tells the stories of homelessness from around the state. But for the writers and actors, “Home But Not Less” isn’t a story about sadness. It’s about understanding.Fishermen forced to share pounds in herring fisheryAngela Denning, KFSK – PetersburgNew restrictions are being put into place for the upcoming spawn-on-kelp herring fishery in Southeast Alaska to address a declining population. For the first time, fishermen are required to share spawning structures with several others.last_img read more