Alaska News Nightly: March 18, 2013

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Oil Tax Overhaul Poised For Senate Floor Debate

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Governor Sean Parnell’s oil tax overhaul is poised for debate Tuesday on the Senate floor. For weeks committees have been reviewing the bill and making changes to it and this is the first time it will appear before the full Senate.

The Governor has made it a priority to overhaul the tax structure by getting rid of a measure that raises the state’s share when the price per barrel is high. Critics say the legislation could cost the state billions, but Parnell says it’s necessary to get more oil flowing through the pipeline.

Defense Secretary Announces Missile Defense Buildup At Fort Greely

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Friday, a buildup at the missile-defense base at Fort Greely in response to threats by North Korea. The announcement has generated cautious enthusiasm about an economic boost in the Delta Junction area.

Heavy Lift Ship Arrives To Retrieve Kulluk

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

Shell’s Kulluk drill rig is almost ready to leave Alaska waters. The heavy lift vessel that will take the damaged oil rig to Asia for repairs arrived in Unalaska on Sunday afternoon.

Senator Cantwell Calls For SEC To Investigate Northern Dynasty Minerals

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

A member of the U.S. Senate is urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate one of the companies looking at developing a massive gold and copper mine in the Bristol Bay region.

Rep. Young Celebrates 40Years In Congress

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Congressman Don Young has passed two milestones this month. Saturday he surpassed the late Senator Ted Stevens for amount of years in federal elected office.

And earlier this month, he marked his 40th year since being first elected, in a special election in 1973.

In the November 1972 election, Representative Young lost to incumbent Nick Begich, who had died in a plane crash. Begich’s son Mark is now U.S. Senator.

APRN’s Washington correspondent Peter Granitz caught up with Representative Young this morning. They started by discussing what’s changed in Washington during his four decades in federal office.

Alaska Cultural Connections: Sex-Ed

Anne Hillman, APRN Contributor

As part of our on-going series about Alaska’s cultural connections, we’ve been bringing you stories about how Alaskans, both urban and rural, define and live their lives.  No matter where young people live, learning about sex is a big part of growing up, whether it happens in a healthy way, or a way you’d rather forget. Many young Alaskans feel their first lessons were a little too little and a little too late.

Mush And Ski Championships Wrap Up In Fairbanks

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

It was big weekend for dogsled and ski racing in Fairbanks.

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