Alaska News Nightly: October 29, 2007

The Supreme Court takes up the issue of the Exxon Valdez reopener. Ted Stevens name surfaces in the federal corruption trial of Vic Kohring and the Alaska Federation of Natives votes to support the Pebble Mine project. Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Supreme Court takes up Exxon Valdez reopener
Joel Southern, APRN – Washington, DC
It wasn’t what they had hoped to hear, but this morning, Exxon Valdez oil spill plaintiffs found out they have more rounds to go in the fight with ExxonMobil over punitive damages.

Governor and Legislators react to decision on Exxon Valdez
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Governor Palin says the Supreme Court’s acceptance of the appeal was a “kick in Alaskans’ collective gut.” She says the litigation is now becoming an example of Justice Delayed is Justice Denied. She says it’s gone on too long.

Ted Stevens name raised in Kohring corruption trial
David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage
New details have emerged in the federal investigation of Senator Ted
Stevens, and the renovation of his Girdwood home.The information comes from testimony heard this morning in the trial
of former state legislator Vic Kohring.

Prosecution winds up its case against Kohring
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
We should know soon whether former state legislator Vic Kohring will testify in his own defense. Federal prosecutors were wrapping up their corruption case against him today.

House and Senate diverge on oil and gas tax
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The House and Senate are taking separate paths to a re-written oil and gas tax. In separate committee substitute bills released over the weekend, neither of them addresses changes the governor wanted when she called the special session.

AFN wraps up in Fairbanks
Lori Townsend/Nellie Moore, APRN – Anchorage
The Alskaka Federation of Natives 2007 Convention drew to a close on Saturday tying off loose ends before adjourning

Peter Jacob named Elder of the Year
Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel
Also at AFN over the weekend, Peter Jacob of Bethel was named as the AFN Elder of the Year for his lifetime of achievements.

Anchorage safety center dedicated
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Today several agencies gathered to dedicate a new multi-agency facility in Anchorage to better serve victims of sexual assault and child abuse.

Clean Elections Initiative making its way around the state
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Sitka
Clean Elections initiative petitions will soon hit the streets in Sitka. Organizers say they’ve collected about a third of the signatures they need statewide to put the measure on next year’s ballot.

NOAA lobbied to move ships north to Alaska
John Ryan, KTOO – Juneau
Juneau officials have started trying to recruit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to move its Seattle-based research vessels to Juneau. But NOAA officials in Seattle say Juneau has missed the boat — by a few weeks.