Alaska News Nightly April 21 2014

first_imgIndividual news 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 and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioLawmakers Search For Education Bill SolutionAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauLast night, the Alaska State Legislature failed to meet their 90-day deadline after the House and Senate couldn’t reach an agreement on a major education bill. Lawmakers stayed on the floor until 4am trying to wrap up their work, but it was not enough. Now, they’re back at the Capitol for a 91st day of session trying to hammer out a deal.Missed Deadline Pushes Initiatives To General Election Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauBecause the Legislature did not meet its midnight deadline, three citizen’s initiatives are expected to be moved from the August primary to the November general election.Alaska Becomes The Second State To Officially Recognize Indigenous Languages Casey Kelly, KTOO – JuneauSupporters of a bill to make 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages organized a 15 hour sit-in protest at the Capitol on Sunday. Their dedication paid off early Monday morning, when the Alaska Senate passed the measure on an 18-2 vote.It now heads to Governor Sean Parnell for his signature.‘Demo Dose’ Lab Tests Find BacteriaDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksLab testing of a synthetic saline solution wrongly used in a University of Alaska Fairbanks medical class shows bacteria.  A Houston based laboratory was hired by the university to analyze samples of  “Demo Dose.”  The solution, which is not intended for humans, was used by UAF Community and Technical College Clinical Procedures Class students to practice injections on themselves and one another.Gasline Official Says In-State Project Is No PipedreamRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaWith an oversupply of natural gas in the country, Alaska is exploring the construction of a relatively small, low-pressure gasline within the state’s borders – while still holding out hope for a much larger project should prices improve.Dan Fauske is the president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation – or AGDC. He spoke to Sitka’s Chamber of Commerce last week about when and where Alaskans may see gas.Delta vs. Alaska: Dueling Airlines Benefit JuneauLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauIn preparation for daily flights between Juneau and Seattle starting May 29, Delta Air Lines performed test flights in the capital city on Wednesday. For a long time, Alaska Airlines has been the only one flying that route.Juneau is set to benefit from the competing partner airlines.Earth Day Celebration Helps Mark Wilderness Act’s 50th AnniversaryTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksEarth Day will be celebrated with a concert in Fairbanks on Tuesday. It’s part of a summer long series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and other environmental laws.last_img read more