Mobile: The City Council is delaying a proposal that endorsed the return of passenger rail service to the Gulf Coast. Officials recently delayed a resolution that would have asked Gov. Kay Ivey to commit state funds necessary to return Amtrak service to the region, Al.com reports. Ivey said last month that she needs more information. Council members say they want more time to consider information about fares, ridership and logistics. Mayor Sandy Stimpson expressed concern about trains potentially blocking access to the cruise-ship terminal. Councilman Joel Daves also questioned ridership interest. Amtrak suspended service east of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina caused heavy damage in 2005. Mississippi ($15 million) and Louisiana ($10 million) have already dedicated their portions for the project. Alabama’s share would be about $2.7 million or less, the news site reports.
Juneau: Furlough notices are being sent to about 2,500 University of Alaska system staff following Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto of $130 million in funding. University system President Jim Johnsen last week said the cut, if it stands, would be devastating. The veto is on top of a $5 million reduction authorized by lawmakers, and Johnsen says it follows a series of cuts in recent years. He has called on lawmakers to override the veto, which would require 45 of the Legislature’s 60 members. House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, in a statement Friday, said if his 15-member caucus decides to revisit any of Dunleavy’s cuts, it wants to do so through a separate budget bill rather than an override. Democratic Rep. Adam Wool says