Alaska News Nightly: August 15, 2008

Prosecutors make fresh allegations against Senator Ted Stevens Also, the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School struggles to survive.  Plus, The cool and rainy weather across the state this summer could be the start of a trend in the years ahead.. Those stories and more tonight on Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Prosecutors make fresh allegations against Senator Stevens
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, DC
Government prosecutors preparing to try Senator Ted Stevens have made fresh allegations about gifts they say he covered up.  Yesterday was the deadline to file motions in the case, which charges Stevens with 7 federal counts of lying on his Senate Financial Disclosure Forms. The government is trying to tighten its case against Alaska’s senior Senator.

60 year-old mystery solved
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
A real life Alaska cold case has been solved. Officials have positively identified the remains of a  victim of a plane crash in the remote Wrangell Mountains more than half a century ago.

Alaska summers could be cold and wet for decades
Duncan Moon, APRN – Anchorage
The cool and rainy weather across the state this summer could be the start of a trend in the years ahead. Climatologists are blaming it on a shift in a decades-long cycle that brings below average temperatures, cloudy weather and weak salmon runs.

Clean elections ballot proposition in voters’ hands
Mike Mason, KBBI – Homer
On August 26, Voters will decide the fate of a ballot measure that would provide public funding for
campaigns in Alaska.

Alaska Native Cultural Charter School finds its back against the wall
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
For the organizers of the Anchorage’s new Alaska Native Cultural Charter School, this August was to be
the realization of a long, worked-for goal.  Instead, the Kindergarten through sixth grade school currently finds itself trying to fend off closure.

New Sitka farmers market set to open
Bonnie Sue Hitchcock, KCAW – Sitka
While many Sitka residents have long known the value of eating local seafood or wild edible plants,  organizers of the town’s first farmers market are hoping to raise the community’s ability to “eat
locally” even higher. The farmer’s market is slated to run for three consecutive Saturdays, beginning
this weekend.