Alaska News Nightly: April 5, 2012

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Coast Guard Sinks Ghost Ship
Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter is attempting to sink a derelict Japanese fishing vessel off the coast of Alaska.

ACLU Calls for Independent Investigation of Anchorage Election
Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The American Civil Liberties Union is requesting an outside investigator look into the ballot mess in Anchorage. Voters reported widespread ballot shortages at polling places during municipal elections Tuesday, and their are allegations that some voters were turned away at the polls. Late Thursday, the ACLU sent a letter to the Anchorage Assembly making the request.

Congressman Young Holds Rural Energy Hearing
Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Alaska’s Congressman Don Young today hosted hearing of the subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs in Fairbanks.  Young spoke candidly with Native Alaskan representatives, who testified about how federal laws and policies effect rural energy prices.

Bill Would Allow Asbestos Gravel in Rural Communities
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

The State House today (Thursday) passed a bill that allows mining of asbestos gravel in some places where it’s too expensive to get replacement materials. The bill addresses a problem for communities where asbestos gravel occurs naturally, but its presence has stopped construction on roads and other public projects that need local gravel.

Forecasters Predict Manageable Spring Break Up
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

Despite more snow-pack than usual, forecasters say the risk of spring break-up flooding is for the most part moderate across the state, even in areas of Southcentral that were buried under huge amounts of snow.

Redistricting Board Approves New Plan
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

The state’s Redistricting Board met today (Thursday) to approve a new plan in light of an Alaska Supreme Court order.  On March 14, the state Supreme Court ordering the plan be redrawn protecting the requirements of the Alaska Constitution

Forks Roadhouse Burns Down
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

One of the longest-operating roadhouses in Alaska has been destroyed by fire. The Forks Roadhouse in Petersville caught fire sometime Tuesday night. The caretaker for the roadhouse returned on Wednesday to find the structure smoking.

Scientists Mentor High School Students in Sitka
Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

A program in Sitka allows high school students to work side-by-side with scientists on their research. The Science Mentors Program, run through the Sitka Conservation Society and the Sitka Sound Science Center, puts three high school students in the field and in the lab.

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