KTOO News Update-logo

KTOO News Update

News & Politics Podcasts >

More Information


United States






Newscast – Monday, July 15, 2019

In this newscast: The University of Alaska Board of Regents delays its vote to declare a financial exigency, the Juneau School District looks at the state budget's effects on its finances, Unalakleet braces for bigger energy bills after a state fund goes dry, and the creatives behind "Molly for Denali" explain some of the work that went into keeping the Alaska Native cultural representations authentic.


Newscast – Friday, July 12, 2019

In this newscast: City officials lift its air emergency, NOAA Fisheries wraps its investigation into a cruise ship's near miss of a pod of whales caught on video, scientists monitor glacial dam release data affecting the Mendenhall Valley, Alaska's heat wave is literally killing salmon in the lower Kuskokwim, the deadline passes for state lawmakers to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes, and law enforcement in Vermont discover cannabis plants in the state Capitol's flowerbeds.


Newscast – Thursday, July 11, 2019

In this newscast: State lawmakers in Juneau ramp up their rhetoric against the governor and dissident lawmakers meeting in Wasilla, UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield walks through the budget veto impacts on his branch of the university, UAA students and faculty brace for 700 layoffs and the elimination of a third of the school's academic programs, and the city and rainbow enthusiasts in Juneau work out a way to legally paint a colorful crosswalk.


Newscast – Wednesday, July 10, 2019

In this newscast: The Alaska Legislature fails to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy's budget vetoes, Juneau artists protest funding cuts to the Alaska State Council on the Arts, another line item veto eliminates funding for Local Emergency Planners across the state, two state agencies issued burn bans across large portions of the state Tuesday.


Newscast – Tuesday, July 9, 2019

In this newscast: Constituents confront state lawmakers aligned with Gov. Dunleavy in Wasilla, the legislative stalemate continues in Juneau, a tribal rights attorney and a former public safety commissioner discuss what U.S. Attorney General William Barr's law enforcement emergency means for Alaska, and the summer's first commercial salmon trolling fishery in Southeast Alaska wraps up.


Newscast – Monday, July 8, 2019

In this newscast: The Alaska Legislature's second special starts up split between Juneau and Wasilla, About 50 protesters take to the highway near Wasilla for full permanent fund dividends while about 750 turnout in Juneau calling for budget veto overrides, Juneau city officials declare an emergency due to unhealthy air, researchers study DNA in indigenous Hoonah residents and descendants for possible genetic impacts of historical traumas, a small plane crashes near the Seldovia airport with...


Newscast – Wednesday, July 3, 2019

In this newscast: Gov. Dunleavy's vetoes include a $250,000 cut in funding for Alaska's Civil Air Patrol, community campuses will also take a hit from funding cuts to the University of Alaska system, a "Men's Gathering" in Juneau brought together men from across the state hoping to address violence.


Newscast – Tuesday, July 2, 2019

In this newscast: The EPA criticizes the Army Corps of Engineers' draft report on the Pebble Mine, Independent Al Gross files to run against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, fire crews make progress containing the Shovel Creek wildfire near Fairbanks, an investigation is underway after a Sand Point woman dies in corrections custody, a Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman suggests doing away with invocations to do away with the invocation controversy, Juneau's Fourth of July...


Newscast – Monday, July 1, 2019

In this newscast: Pro-ANWR development voices of Kaktovik say they get drowned out of the Arctic drilling debate, the New JACC Partnership seeks $7.5 million from the City and Borough of Juneau for a new performing arts center, the Alaska Marine Highway System extends the ferry Columbia's service into October, a Juneau man hospitalized after being stabbed has died, a former Dunleavy cabinet deputy defends a business loan obtained through a state agency, and the Iditarod Trail Committee has a...


Newscast – Friday, June 28, 2019

In this newscast: Gov. Mike Dunleavy slashes hundreds of millions in state spending with line-item vetoes, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen calls the cut devastating and irrational, stakeholders react to the vetoing of the on-board cruise ship environmental monitoring program, a Wrangell senior citizen and senior center operator describe what they'll lose with the elimination of the state's senior benefits program, Juneau's lawmakers offer their reaction to the vetoes, city...


Newscast – Thursday, June 27, 2019

In this newscast: Another floatplane crashes in Ketchikan, Juneau city contractors discover PFOS chemicals near the Hagevig Fire Training Center, a dozen tribal and village police officers graduate in Bethel, and AIDEA is creating a $10 million loan program to make Ketchikan's shipyard more competitive.


Newscast – Wednesday, June 26, 2019

In this newscast: Alaska's attorney general and the Legislature's top lawyer tee up a constitutional powers debate over special session locations, Juneau's Willoughby District gets renamed the Aak'w Village District, the EPA reconsiders an Obama-era proposal to block the proposed Pebble Mine, and a UAF professor warns Congress about data security concerns in Chinese-made tech dominating commercial drone market.


Newscast – Tuesday, June 25, 2019

In this newscast: Alaskans weigh in on the Pebble mine as the public comment deadline approaches for its Army Corps of Engineers permit, state lawmakers grant themselves back pay in conflict with the intent of a law that tried to bar it for failing to timely pass an operating budget, and Juneau teens hold the first youth Pride party as part of Pride Week.


Newscast – Monday, June 24, 2019

In this newscast: Legislative leaders defy Gov. Mike Dunleavy's special session call to Wasilla in favor of Juneau, the Alaska Marine Highway System plans to tie up the ferry Columbia this winter to save money, a video posted to Facebook of the cruise ship Eurodam closely passing a pod of humpback whales near Juneau triggers a NOAA investigation, the Tlingit and Muckleshoot voice actress behind the title character in "Molly of Denali" answers questions at the show's world premiere, the...


Newscast – Friday, June 21, 2019

In this newscast: The Legislative Affairs Agency provides cost estimates for the July special session, lawmakers authorize a lawsuit against the Dunleavy administration over education funding, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority proposes short-term financing to incentivize work at Ketchikan's shipyard, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski remains noncommittal about her stance on Pebble Mine, and increasingly bad Arctic ice conditions are hamstringing polar bear researchers.


Newscast – Thursday, June 20, 2019

In this newscast: Three Alaskans lose their appeal for victim status in the Carnival Corp. pollution settlement, Gov. Dunleavy addresses the Legislature's permanent fund working group, federal authorities' tally of dead gray whales in Alaska waters reaches 10, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov visits Sitka, the former manager of the Bergmann Hotel is sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling methamphetamine in Juneau, Republican senators in Oregon face daily fines for fleeing the...


Newscast – Wednesday, June 19, 2019

In this newscast: The U.S. House passes a spending bill with a sentence that would sideline permitting for Pebble Mine, sites contaminated with harmful chemicals plague rural Alaska, and residents of a Norwegian island in the Artic petition to go "time-free" for summer.


Newscast – Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In this newscast: the latest on the permanent fund dividend debate, a new report ranks Alaska at or near the bottom among the states for how kids and teens are doing, the widow of a Juneau shooting victim the shooter exchange words at a sentencing hearing, an Indiana man accused of catfishing an Anchorage teen in an Anchorage murder and child pornography scheme now faces a murder charge himself, GCI announces it's building a new 5G wireless network in Anchorage, and Amazon is enlarging its...


Newscast – Monday, June 17, 2019

In this newscast: Three Alaskans appeal for victim status in the federal Carnival Corp. pollution case, the man convicted of killing Duilio Antonio "Tony" Rosales at an Excursion Inlet cabin site is sentenced, the Alaska Supreme Court rules that the state's sex offender registry violates offenders' due process rights, a Wrangell sport fisherman spots a dead gray whale that NOAA wants help locating, researchers are recruiting in Southeast Alaska for a study of indigenous people's DNA for...


Newscast – Friday, June 14, 2019

In this newscast: Demonstrators from Angoon protest the City and Borough of Juneau's annexation petition, a complaint to the state fire marshal's office may put a stop to an annual amateur fireworks show in Douglas this Independence Day, an air quality survey being conducted in downtown Juneau this summer looks at the impact of cruise ship emissions and an environmental group sues the federal government for not setting aside habitat for two species of arctic seals.