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 AudioFAA break-up bill clears US House committeeLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington D.C.A bill to privatize the nation’s air traffic controllers cleared the Transportation Committee in the U.S. House last night. Rep. Don Young says he amended it to protect Essential Air Service and Alaska’s air taxis.Organizations call for ban of heavy fuel oil in Arctic watersEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeA group of non-governmental organizations recently sent a letter to the state department calling for a ban on heavy fuel oil, or HFO, in Arctic waters. HFO is tough to cleanup, but the widespread use of HFO throughout the Arctic makes the ban an especially hard sell.KPC graduate takes first job with BlueCrestQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerBlueCrest Energy pledged to hire four Kenai Peninsula College graduates to work at their drilling site near Anchor Point. The company made good on its promise. One of BlueCrest’s local hires says the job is the next step in what he hopes will be a promising career.Anchorage, Willow will host Iditarod starts despite low snowThe Associated PressOrganizers have decided that a lack of snow in the Anchorage area won’t force a route change for this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Sass first to leave Dawson in Yukon QuestMolly Rettig, KUAC – FairbanksIt was warm and misty on the Yukon River as Brent Sass left Dawson City with fourteen dogs just after midnight. Snowdrifts, ice melt and gold mines are just a few things mushers have to look out for in the second half of the Yukon Quest.The warm weather has caused some of the glaciated hillsides to melt onto the trail.Humane society addresses uproar over Coco’s last dayLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauA couple gave up their dog to Juneau’s animal shelter on a Saturday morning in December. That same evening, they had a change of heart and wanted the dog back, but it was too late. The dog had already been euthanized. Gastineau Humane Society, which takes in animals from around northern Southeast Alaska, called the dog aggressive and not a viable candidate for adoption. The Juneau couple wishes they’d been notified before the dog was put down.AK: Leveraging your leopard: the biz behind Alaska’s only zooZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageIf you’ve ever wanted to feed a snow leopard, a moose, or a pack of wolves, this year you’ve got a chance. Albeit, for a tidy sum.49 Voices: Laurie Fernandes of AnchorageWesley Early, APRN – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Laurie Fernandes. Laurie moved to Anchorage with her husband and children last June from Houston, TX.
INDIANAPOLIS – Josh Rosen is having a bad offseason. His car was badly damaged in an accident. His Instagram account was hacked. And his potential successor just won the NFL Combine.Former Oklahoma star Kyler Murray officially stands over 5-foot-10. He weighed in at 207 pounds. He’s halfway to the No. 1 pick, earning millions of dollars on Thursday without breaking a sweat. His measurements represent a gold mine for the Cardinals. There are great reasons to draft Murray. He is the quarterback that Kliff Kingsbury covets most. And if you’re going to stray this far out of the box, hiring a 39-year old who failed in college and carries zero NFL coaching experience, why not go all the way?Keep in mind: The new trend if the NFL isn’t just the acceptance of non-traditional quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield. It’s the synergy created when pairing them with innovative, play-calling head coaches.Related LinksWhen and where to watch the NFL Combine’s on-field workoutsCombine tidbits: For Cardinals and others, it’s still about the D-lineKyler Murray weighs in, helps stock at the NFL Draft CombineThis is not a matter of giving up on Rosen. It’s simply drafting someone better, more athletic, with a higher ceiling, a standout pocket passer with speed comparable to Michael Vick. In all likelihood, his running ability won’t be quantified until Murray stages his own workout for NFL scouts, and that will be the day he cements his status as the best player in the draft.For now, there’s a strong belief that Murray added a lot of false weight before stepping on the NFL’s official scale, which would clearly sabotage his performance in the Scouting Combine’s 40-yard dash. It speaks volumes that Murray might’ve been forced to chug water just to break stereotypes and prove he’s capable of running a NFL offense. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws during an NCAA college football game against UCLA, in Norman, Okla. Murray was named a Heisman Trophy finalist on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) Gruden was asked about the allure of trading for the No. 1 pick, and said the following:“It’s very attractive. You know, it’s why we’re here, trying to measure every possibility.”Murray’s height and weight are the dominant storylines of the Scouting Combine, but his story represents something even bigger. He could become the NFL’s version of Steve Nash and Steph Curry, undersized NBA stars who inspired a generation of younger players who suddenly believed that size was no longer an impediment.Murray could do the same for thousands of young football quarterbacks who are loaded with ability but vertically challenged. He can be a pioneer because he doesn’t look like a football player. He looks like us.Granted, the Cardinals are in the business of winning football games, not blazing trails. But they took a risk on Kingsbury and they should double down with Murray, a player who will shine because of his size, not in spite of his size.He will be more than a quarterback. He will be a classic underdog. The kind with a lot of bite.Reach Bickley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. Top Stories 68 Comments Share Either way, television analyst Charles Davis ran into a close friend of Murray’s who confirmed those suspicions, saying, “I don’t think he’ll ever weigh that again.”“He doesn’t need to be at 207 to play in the NFL,” Davis said. “His gifts are speed, quickness, elusiveness and vision. Don’t take those gifts away.”The surprising twist in Murray’s size and stature shocked most of the NFL community on Thursday, and it will benefit the Cardinals most if they choose not to draft him. Most 5-foot-10 quarterbacks would be instantly discarded. With Murray, the measurement is acceptable because it’s only a half-inch shorter than Seattle star Russell Wilson, an elite talent who has started 125 consecutive games. And it benefits the Cardinals because it will increase the amount of teams interested in drafting Murray, possibly creating a feeding frenzy that turns into a bidding war.The Raiders are an obvious candidate. Like Kingsbury, Oakland head coach Jon Gruden has raved about Murray’s transcendent ability. The Raiders could make an attractive offer, including two first-round picks (No. 4 and No. 24 overall), along with a later-round selection. It would be an offer hard to refuse in Arizona, where serious upgrades are needed at wide receiver and the offensive line.