Alaska News Nightly: October 31, 2007

Vic Kohring‘s fate rests in the hands of the jury; The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea inches forward in the U.S. Senate, and the Izembek road gets a hearing in the nation’s capital. Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Kohring corruption trial goes to the jury
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
A jury that has begun deliberating corruption charges against former state legislator Vic Kohring has gone home for the day. The trial at the federal court-house featured a high-profile defense attorney who argued that the surveillance videos of Kohring recorded by the FBI fail to show any crime being committed.

Convention on the Law of the Sea on the move
Joel Southern, APRN – Anchorage
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea took a step forward today. The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 17 to 4 to send it for consideration by the full Senate.

Izembek road gets considertation in Washington, DC
Joel Southern, APRN – Anchorage
Officials representing King Cove and Cold Bay went before a congressional panel today. They pitched their latest plan for a land exchange so a road connecting the two communities can be built through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. And they got a conditional endorsement from the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Maggie has a ticket to ride
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Alaska’s only elephant Maggie, will be leaving the state tomorrow. Billed as Operation Maggie Migration, the elephant will be flying out to her new home at the PAWS sanctuary in California on a C-17 military cargo plane.

Bering Sea Pollock season winds down
Charles Homans, KIAL – Unalaska
The second Bering Sea Pollock season of the year wraps up tomorrow. The season has been a difficult one.

Sitka Girl Scouts take on bullying
Leah Mann, KCAW – Sitka
Bullying… according to numerous reports, it’s on the rise in America’s schools. School districts are responding by tightening their anti-bullying policies. But new technologies are taking bullying underground, making it harder for teachers and administrators to police their halls. The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council recently took a look at a very specific segment of bullying — violence among girls — during their annual conference, held in Sitka.

Unalaska ethics complaint headed for APOC
Charles Homan, KIAL – Unalaska
An Unalaska resident says he plans to file an ethics complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission later this week over this month’s city elections. Jeff Hancock says he’s preparing one and possibly more complaints over Mayor Shirley Marquardt’s conduct in the run-up to the October 2 elections.

Barrow couple goes to the dogs
Finkler, KBRW – Barrow
About one month ago, commentator Earl Finkler and his wife Chris became the permanent owners of a 14-year-old Greenland husky named Nuna. Tonight Finkler discusses the joy and many tasks connected with Nuna’s care.