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 @aprnDownload AudioCriminal justice bill amended to reduce benefits to sex offendersAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauSenators have amended a bill that would overhaul Alaska’s criminal justicesystem, taking steps that make it more difficult for those convicted of sex crimesfrom benefiting from the bill’s provisions.Senate Finance Committee pulls various bills from hearingHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamLate last month, the Senate Finance Committee introduced bills to cut backthe Community Revenue Sharing grant program, and up the amount schools andmunicipalities pay towards employee’s pensions.Alaska Air buys Virgin America, and may keep a hint of its blingLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington D.C.Alaska Airlines announced this morning it’s buying Virgin America in a dealworth $2.6 billion. It will turn Alaska into the fifth largest U.S. carrier. It’s tooearly to say how it might affect service for traveling Alaskans. But if any of the Virgin brand makes it onto Alaska’s jets, passengers can expect a flashier ride.Retired EPA ecologist Phil North speaks outDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillingahamRetired EPA ecologist Phil North resurfaced in the US last month fordeposition in a lawsuit filed by the Pebble Mine. Pebble alleges EPA broke FederalAdvisory Committee Act rules when it developed the Bristol Bay watershed assessment, and says North was at the center of the effort. Since retiring, North and his family have beentraveling in New Zealand, Australia, and Indonesia, sort of “leaving the past behind,”he says.Eielson chosen to base the F-35Associated PressToday, the decision on where to base the F35 was made official.Eielson Air Force Base has been picked for the Air Force’s firstoperational overseas F- 35A Lightning IIs.Avalanche fatality at Summit LakeDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA North Pole woman was killed in an avalanche near Summit Lake over theweekend. The fatality comes as thousands of Alaskans headto the area for the Arctic Man event.State calls off student testingEmily Kwong, KCAW- SitkaThe state of Alaska has canceled standardized testing inschools this year.Upwards of 70,000 students were scheduled to take Alaska Measures of Progress, or AMP assessments across a five-week window, but in a press release issued on Friday, the Department of Education called the whole thing off. The reason? Ongoing problems connecting to an online server – in Kansas.Seawolves fall to Lubbock Christian in NCAA Division II championship gameJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThe University of Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team fell 78 to 73 toLubbock Christian in the NCAA Division II National Championship Game in Indianapolistoday.Juneau seawater heat pump more than a pipe dream?Elizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska House recently passed a bill that could make it easier for onehydro project to get off the ground. If the Juneau Hydropower plant gets built, thecompany wants to bring sustainable heat to some residents from an abundant source.