News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. AKDT
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A former Ketchikan school board president has withdrawn his nomination for a state judicial conduct commission. Trevor Shaw was nominated by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to serve on the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct. Shaw faced questioning over his relationship to a former Ketchikan teacher accused of sexual abuse and a recall effort.
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - Authorities in western Alaska say two people died after falling into open water while driving snowmobiles. Alaska's Energy Desk reported Tuesday that the separate deaths of Joseph Kernak and Eric Phillips during the week of March 10 were the result of driving snowmobiles over unmarked areas of water. Police say Kernak and his girlfriend drove into water near a lake March 10 and became soaked at below freezing temperatures. Police recovered the body of Phillips a few days after Kernak's death.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - State health officials are proposing rate reductions for some Medicaid service providers as part of an effort aimed at cutting costs. Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum says changes for Medicaid eligibility are not planned. Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration is pursuing a $225 million reduction in state Medicaid spending, about $95 million of which Crum sees as achievable for the coming fiscal year as part of an initial phase. Details of the next phase are being worked out.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The minority leader of the Alaska Senate says Gov. Mike Dunleavy should cancel upcoming fiscal policy forums hosted by the conservative Americans for Prosperity. Democratic Sen. Tom Begich takes issue with terms and conditions outlined by the group on an events page referring to the event as private and laying out terms by which attendees must abide. The state director of Americans for Prosperity-Alaska says the events are open and on a first-come, first-served basis.
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