News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. AKDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The top budget official in Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration will take a reduced role in state government. Dunleavy's chief of staff, Ben Stevens, told reporters on a conference call that Donna Arduin will become an adviser to the Dunleavy administration. The Anchorage Daily News reports Arduin was out of state Monday on personal travel.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Officials say Alaska is expected to get three new U.S. prosecutors as part of a federal funding increase that will address public safety in rural communities. Alaska Public Media reports the U.S. Justice Department has approved nearly $11 million in funding from law enforcement programs. The state will receive $6 million that officials say will be used to address crime in communities and tribal entities and fund the three federal prosecutors. Another $5 million is earmarked for tribal entities.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The University of Alaska Board of Regents has voted to consider both single- and multiple-university accreditation models. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported new language was added during a board meeting enabling two options for accrediting the state's universities. University President Jim Johnsen has proposed consolidating the universities in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau into a single-accredited institution. The plan is opposed by many faculty, students and residents.
KENAI, Alaska (AP) - Teachers with two school employee associations in Kenai will go on strike amid contract negotiations. The Peninsula Clarion reported that the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association announced plans for a Tuesday strike following negotiations over a contract that would increase teacher salaries and health insurance. Officials say the associations are required to give a 72-hour advance strike notice to the district.
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