News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. AKST
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Juneau School District has been conducting random drug tests on student athletes for nearly a decade, but officials say there is little evidence to show the program's effectiveness besides anecdotal reports. KTOO Public Media in Juneau reports the district started random drug testing in 2009, checking students for substances ranging from tobacco and alcohol to cocaine and marijuana.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration says the new Alaska governor is learning more about the $43 billion liquefied natural gas project before he sets a course. Brett Huber, the Republican governor's Senior policy adviser, tells the Anchorage Daily News that Dunleavy "will withhold judgment" on the project until the "administration can fully understand the costs, risks, and potential benefits."
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Conservation groups sued Monday to block an oil-drilling project in federal Arctic waters. The groups asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review an offshore oil production plan approved for the Liberty project off in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in October approved a plan by Houston-based Hilcorp for production wells on an artificial gravel island. The groups say approval violates federal law.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The former director of Alaska elections says state's election system is "excellent." Josie Bahnke says there were no changes made during her tenure that would make the system vulnerable. Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer said Monday he wants an audit of Alaska's election system following irregularities in the last two primaries
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