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 @aprn.Download Audio2015 Permanent Fund Dividend is $2,072Josh Edge, APRN-AnchorageA record-breaking Permanent Fund Dividend was announced Monday, not from the Governor, but instead from 12-year-old student, because, according to Governor Bill Walker, the fund is really about the next generation. Shania Sommer, a 7th grader at Palmer Junior Middle School, is involved in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering program.Alaska Senators sponsor legislation to repeal “Cadillac” taxAnnie Feidt, APRN-AnchorageAlaska’s two U. S. Senators are co-sponsoring legislation to repeal the so-called Cadillac tax, which will impact high priced employer health plans starting in 2018. Because health care is so expensive in Alaska, the tax will have a disproportionate impact in the state.Hearings start on fighter jets coming to EielsonDan Bross, KUAC-FairbanksLocal hearings are happening this week on the planned basing of 54 F-35 fighter jets at Eielson Air Force Base. The sessions, in North Pole, Delta and Fairbanks, provide opportunity to comment on a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the basing plan.Washington opens criminal investigation into walrus deathsThe Associated PressThe federal government has opened a criminal investigation into the death of 25 Pacific walrus found on an isolated northwest Alaska beach. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman Crystal Leonetti says agency investigators have not returned from the site at Cape Lisburne but that the case is now in the hands of the U.S. Attorney office. Initial reports last week said the walrus had been shot but the Fish and Wildlife Service refused to speculate on the cause of death until agency personnel had examined the carcasses.Starfish losing arms to diseaseJohn Ryan, KUCB-UnalaskaStarfish from Mexico to Alaska have been hammered by a wasting disease that causes their arms to melt and fall off. Sea stars in the Aleutian Islands have not been affected yet.Newtok feeling nervous about relocation timelineCharles Enoch, KYUK-BethelCharles Residents in the small coastal village of Newtok in Southwest Alaska have been preparing to move as erosion eats away at their village. A dispute over who has tribal authority slowed the process, but now that dispute has been decided by federal courts, a new set of tribal officials are getting the relocation effort underway again. But with climate change accelerating the erosion many are getting anxious that the move can’t happen soon enough.Tribal housing gets HUD grants to fight moldLori Townsend, APRN-AnchorageTribal housing in Alaska will benefit from more than $1 million in grants to address concerns over mold. An announcement was made announced by Housing and Urban Development or HUD. The $1.6 million in grants were awarded to three tribal entities in the state specifically for mold remediation or prevention in more than 200 tribal homes through improved windows, doors and exteriors.UAS to offer marine transportation degree programLisa Phu, KTOO-JuneauStudents and mariners will soon be able to get formal marine transportation education without leaving the state. The University of Alaska Board of Regents last week approved a new marine transportation degree program at the University of Alaska Southeast.UAA engineering program attracting more Native studentsDaysha Eaton, KYUK-BethelAs college freshmen dig into their studies at the state’s universities this fall, more Native faces are appearing in science and engineering classrooms. That’s thanks to the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP. Yup’ik students from the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta are among them.
OlderDubai Tourism to offer individual hotel emission analysis reports NewerHard Rock opens 900-room property in central London Delta Air Lines is bringing brand new cabins to UK skies in November with the launch of its new business class seat, offering more comfort and privacy.At the same time, the Atlanta, Georgia-based carrier will introduce its international premium economy cabin, Delta Premium Select.The new cabins will be fitted on the Boeing 767-400 fleet and bring all four branded seat products – Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin – to this aircraft, and the UK, for the first time. The aircraft have been scheduled to fly from London Heathrow to Atlanta from November 13th, 2019, New York-JFK from November 17th, 2019 and Boston starting on November 21st.By summer 2020, Heathrow services to Detroit, Minneapolis and Portland will also feature these cabins.“The new Delta One seat takes inspiration from our Delta One suite to offer added privacy and comfort for our premium customers,” said Corneel Koster, Delta senior vice president Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. ADVERTISEMENT“The new seats are based on our latest design and provide customers with new levels of choice, comfort and space in both Delta One and our brand-new Delta Premium Select cabin. “We are confident that our customers will enjoy these redesigned cabins, which form part of our award-winning on-board offering.”Delta is investing millions of pounds in its widebody long-haul fleet to give customers greater choice when they travel. The 767-400 refit follows the introduction of the Delta One suite and Delta Premium Select on its Airbus A330-900neo, Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 777-200 aircraft.Furthermore, the aircraft will also be fitted with Delta’s own in-flight entertainment system created by Delta Flight Products. The system combines wireless technology with state-of-the-art tablet displays fixed mounted into the back of the seat.The system debuted Delta’s A220 fleet and is also rolling out on the new A330-900neo fleet before coming to the Boeing 767-400 aircraft as part of the interior refit.