Alaska News Nightly: June 28, 2007

This is the complete story list and audio recording from today’s Alaska News Nightly, as broadcast on APRN stations statewide.

Anderson corruption trial delves into secret recordings and alleged under-the-table deals
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
The bribery and corruption trial of former state representative Tom Anderson plunged right into the critical evidence today as prosecutors began playing secretly recorded conversations about an alleged scheme to funnel money to the Anchorage Republican in a form that wouldn’t have to be reported on his financial disclosure forms.

Governor Palin set to announce capital expenditure choices for fiscal 2008
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Governor Palin is expected tomorrow to take action on the operating and capital budgets that came out of this year’s legislature. And she will give the state its first look at her no-nonsense approach to financial management. Legislators, municipalities, non-profits and some state agencies are all a little nervous tonight to see how next year’s checkbook will look.

Offshore oil leasing near Bristol Bay up for consideration in the U.S. House
Joel Southern, APRN – Washington, D.C.
The new federal, five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan is set to go into effect as soon as Sunday. Today a U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee held a hearing about it, including testimony from supporters and critics of leasing plans for Alaska waters.

New seafood processor in Egegik turning former business disaster into major success
Johanna Eurich, KDLG – Dillingham
What a difference three years can make. In 2004 the seafood processing plant in Egegik didn’t pay fishermen, tenders or cannery workers. This year the new owner — Icicle Seafoods — is gearing up for a third season with a plant that is a far cry from the decrepit, chaotic, hundred-year old facility they bought.

Superior Court: Dental health aid program in rural Alaska is legal
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
The Superior Court for the State of Alaska ruled that a Native-run dental health aid therapist program in rural Alaska is legal. The ruling frees up eight dental therapists to continue fillings, extractions and other procedures in villages lacking dental services.

Tightened Alaska/Canada border crossing rules slowing ferry traffic to Prince Rupert, BC
Deanna Garrison, KRBD – Ketchikan
Alaska Marine Highway traffic to Prince Rupert has plunged by nearly a third over the last five years. Ferry managers say stricter border-crossing rules may be contributing to the decline.

Alaska SeaLife Center welcomes new seal pup in captivity — a first in Alaska
David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage
The Alaska SeaLife Center has witnessed their first birth of a marine mammal at the facility. “Chloe” the harbor seal gave birth to a healthy 30-pound male seal pup early Saturday morning.