News

April 28, 2016

Most current oil and gas tax credits in Alaska would be phased out by 2020 under a draft rewrite of legislation pending in the House Rules Committee. The draft has yet to be formally introduced or heard by the committee, which took possession of the bill after a prior version appeared destined to fail on the House floor. Resolution on credits is seen as key to making progress on the budget and revenue measures as the Legislature continues working in extended session.

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By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Alaska Natives have been struggling with the failure of public education in their villages for a long time. Today, we look at two communities taking control of their schools.

By Johanna Eurich, Independent Producer

Many if not most of Alaska's rural schools are not working.  Low student performance and high teacher turnover are just two of more obvious indicators of problems in these mostly Native school districts. Those working in the schools say it's time for radical changes.

Paul Berg has taught in Alaska for more than 40 years -- ten of them in villages.

Only 10 people from across the country are getting an award on April 27, 2016 for their work to get a second chance for people with a criminal record. One of them is a Yup’ik Alaskan.

Greg Razo, is in Washington DC to accept a White House Champion of Change award.

“I’m proud to represent Alaska and Alaska Native people as we strive for equity in justice, in the criminal justice system,” said Razo.

KNBA News for April 25, 2016

Point Thomson

By the Associated Press

Exxon Mobil Corp. says it has commenced production from the Point Thomson petroleum field on Alaska's North Slope.

In a release, the company says that at full production, the facility is designed to produce up to 10,000 barrels per day of natural gas condensate and 200 million cubic feet of recycled gas that can be re-injected for future recovery.

Isaac Kestenbaum

 

Frontier of Change is a project from KNBA News and Producer Isaac Kestenbaum that will bring the voices and stories of Alaska's changing climate to the streets and airwaves of Anchorage.

Tune-in the week of May 2 - 6, at 8:50am, 10:30am and 5:30pm for the special radio series.

KNBA News for April 19, 2016

Legislators continue session to finish work on state budget

By the Associated Press

Governor says Alaska can’t afford it

By The Associated Press

Gov. Bill Walker says he would veto the purchase of a legislative office building in Anchorage if that item remains in the state infrastructure budget. Walker says he doesn't think the state can afford it. He says he thinks legislators should know as they put the budget together where he stands on that issue.

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State budget cuts stymie Mat Su Port MacKenzie project

By Rachel Woldholz, APRN - Anchorage

The scheduled debate on a bill overhauling Alaska’s oil and gas tax credits never happened on Wednesday.

Speaker of the House Mike Chenault (sha-NALT) pulled the bill, saying that it didn’t have enough votes to pass.

Members of the Republican-led House majority are unhappy with a provision of the bill that changes tax credits in Cook Inlet. But members of the Democratic minority also don’t like the bill. They say it’s too generous to industry.

KNBA News for April 13, 2016

Senate Finance proposes to restructure Permanent Fund, dividends

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