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Alaska News Nightly Friday Feb 17 2017

Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowVeteran of Alaska campaigns said to be in line for White House jobLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Multiple news outlets report Mike Dubke is about to be named as President Trump’s new communications director. The Washington-based political strategist has worked on several Alaska campaigns, including those of Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan.New York hedge fund slams Northern Dynasty, Pebble Mine in investor reportDave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham“Worthless” is how a New York hedge fund labeled the value of Northern Dynasty stock in a report issued Tuesday. Northern Dynasty is the Vancouver-based company behind the proposed Pebble Mine, which Kerrisdale said is a project that will never be commercially or politically viable.Legislators hear public testimony on income tax billAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauPublic testimony was split today on a bill that would introduce an income tax and use money from Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government.Alaska’s gender wage gap among largest in U.S.Shahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerAlaska has one of the largest wage gaps between men and women in the country, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Tuesday.Denali wolf protection back before Game BoardDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksProposals to reinstate a no wolf kill area on state land along Denali National Park’s northeast edge, will be considered by the Alaska Board of Game.Waiting for winter: ice roads mean the North Slope can get to workElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageEvery winter, a massive infrastructure project takes place on the North Slope — one that’s designed to disappear. Ice roads are built to minimize the oil industry’s footprint on the sensitive tundra, and melt away in spring. Many of the oil industry’s multi-million dollar projects on the North Slope can’t be built until the ice roads are finished each year.AK: Fleeing violence and feeling fearful in a new homeAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAfter three years of waiting for special immigrant visas, a family from Iraq finally arrived in Anchorage last fall. They were seeking safety. Then, on January 27, President Trump signed an executive order, and everything seemed to change.49 Voices: Zion Phillips of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Zion Phillips in Anchorage. Phillips is a UAA freshmen and president of UAA’s Black Student Union.

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