Alaska News Nightly: October 22, 2007

Jury selection began today in the corruption trial of former Alaska lawmaker Vic Kohring. Plus, the state works to keep rats out of Alaska. Rat spills from passing ships can have a lasting impact on wildlife. Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Linehan convicted; faces 20 to 99 years
The Associated Press
A former stripper who remade her self as a doctor’s wife was convicted of first-degree murder today in the decade-old death of her one-time fiance.

Kohring jury selection underway
David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage
Day one of the federal corruption trial of former lawmaker Vic Kohring has come to an end.

Pebble Mine’s CEO makes rounds in Alaska
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The CEO of the new partner developing the Pebble Mine near Iliamna is learning her way around Alaska today. Cynthia Carroll heads Anglo-American PLC, a global mining company that is the 10th largest company on the London Stock Exchange with nearly 200,000 employees in 65 countries.

Fighting rats with RATs
John Hunt, KHNS – Haines
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has just published a comprehensive plan on keeping rats out of the state and limiting the damage rats do to the state’s wildlife. Plans include the establishment of Rodent Action Teams (RATs).

Houston to resolve mayoral stalemate
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Houston’s city council meets in a special session this evening to determine once and for all who won the city’s mayoral post.

Bill supports Native claims to Tongass land
Melissa Marconi-Wentzel, KCAW – Sitka
A bill introduced by Congressman Don Young would allow Southeast Alaska’s regional Native Corporation, Sealaska, to claim up to 85,000 acres of federal lands in the Tongass National Forest.

Women no longer fish out of water
Amy Bracken, KCHU – Valdez
No one knows exactly how many women work in Alaska’s commercial fishing industry, but it’s safe to say the number is very small. The field may be growing though. And the women willing to tough it out are a unique bunch.

Juneau repeats as state champs
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
This year’s statewide large schools football championship went to the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears. The title game against the Palmer Moose ended on a score of Juneau 23, Palmer 13.