News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. AKDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has amended a state disaster declaration so a small fishing town can get assistance for the damage caused by the magnitude 7.1 earthquake last year. The Anchorage Daily News reports the Republic governor amended the declaration last week to add an area that includes the town of Whittier, about 60 miles southeast of Anchorage. Dunleavy said in a letter to lawmakers that the state has identified $507,000 in potentially eligible repairs in the town.
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska city council has introduced a measure to begin paying council members for their previously uncompensated service. KYUK-AM reported Thursday that the Bethel City Council discussed an ordinance proposal to pay its members $100 for every regular council meeting, $25 for each special city council meeting and water and sewer subsidies up to several hundred dollars per month. The council will vote on the ordinance May 14 and a public vote will be held before it takes effect.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy told President Donald Trump that Alaska was interested in receiving Medicaid dollars as a block grant, but Dunleavy's health commissioner has downplayed the prospect to lawmakers. Commissioner Adam Crum said that option would be considered if available but isn't the main plan now. Crum said the state was letting the federal government know Alaska is interested in pursuing options that provide more flexibility.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is reevaluating its controversial plan to sharply expand offshore drilling as it responds to a court ruling that blocked offshore drilling in Alaska. President Donald Trump has pushed to open nearly all U.S. coastlines to offshore oil and gas drilling.
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