Alaska News Nightly: December 28, 2007

Fairbanks struggles with drunk drivers. Plus, voters may be asked to decide whether the state will have a new crime lab. Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Fairbanks struggles to keep drunk drivers off the road
Ben Markus, KUAC – Fairbanks
New Year’s means a lot of people out celebrating and driving after they drink and while many Alaska cities have made progress in reducing drunk driving, Fairbanks continues to struggle with a dangerous mix of alcohol and automobiles.

New crime lab may be up to voters

Mike Mason, KBBI – Homer
When voters go to the polls next November, they could decide the fate of a proposal to build a new crime lab in Alaska.

Alaskan parathlete to compete in Beijing

Duncan Moon, APRN – Anchorage
A Juneau resident has been named to the 2008 U-S paralympic wheelchair rugby team. 24-year-old Seth Mcbride was selected earlier this month after a weekend tryout camp in Alabama. In 2006, he helped the U-S win the world championships in New Zealand.

Who done it? Anchorage crime watchers will know
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
One of the most popular sections of many small Alaska papers is the police blotter, an eye-catching account of the previous week’s officer calls and arrests. But until two weeks ago, Anchorage crime watchers haven’t had any such public tracking system.

Palin Admininstration takes on Feds over foreign-flagged vessels
Alec Dickinson, KRBD – Ketechikan
The Palin Administration has submitted comments to the federal government opposing a proposed rule change governing foreign flagged vessels operating in Alaskan waters.

The Power of One: Anchorage resident makes a difference in Ethiopia
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A quick stop in Ethiopia a few years ago was life changing for Anchorage resident Catherine Miller. She met a man there who was trying to keep a group of orphans off the streets for just 25 dollars a month. Miller now runs an orphanage in the country that helps dozens of children for just 43 thousand dollars a year.