Alaska News Nightly: November 19, 2007

The Jesuits settle with abused Alaska Natives. Plus, more Alaska soldiers return from Iraq. And a new state survey offers insight into teen behavior. Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Roman Catholic organization settles with abused Alaska Natives
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A Catholic Organization has agreed to pay 50 million dollars to Alaska Natives who claim they were sexually abused by clergy.

More soldiers return to Ft. Rich from Iraq
David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage
Close to three-hundred more soldiers from the 4-2-5 are back in Alaska this evening. Their arrival means nearly a third of the brigade has now returned after spending fourteen months in Iraq.

State survey offers glimpse into teen behavior
Duncan Moon, APRN – Anchorage
A survey released today by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is painting a clearer picture of teen behavior in the state. The comprehensive report looks at everything from smoking and drug abuse to fighting and sex. Its the third such survey released by the state since

Oil spill training tax frustrates fisherman
Amy Bracken, KCHU – Valdez
A program that trains fisherman to help clean up oil spills in Prince William Sound may be in jeopardy. Fishing groups are frustrated by a new state requirement asking boat captains to pay unemployment taxes for the time the crew spends training. And its not just the new tax requirement that has some fishermen thinking about pulling out of the program.

Wrangell City Council votes to support timber sale
Lisa Phu, KSTK – Wrangell
With Wrangell’s timber industry struggling, the city council is looking for a way to bring it back to life. Last week the council passed a resolution that supports a ten-year timber sale in or near Wrangell. This would allow the local sawmill to remain open.

Anchorage rejects illegal immigrant ordinance

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
A proposed Anchorage ordinance intended to help catch illegal immigrants appears dead. The Public Safety committee last week unanimously recommended the full Assembly reject the proposal.

New Kodiak Wildlife Refuge Visitors’ Center opens
Casey Kelly, KMXT – Kodiak
A brand new Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center opened to the public this weekend. The refuge is famous for its brown bears, eagles and other wildlife. But its off the road system and hard to access. Now the new center gives sightseers a taste of what the refuge has to offer.