Alaska News Nightly: October 2, 2008

Judge in Ted Stevens trial says prosecution guilty of “gross negligence.” Plus, a judge here in Alaska is deliberating on whether the legislature’s “Troopergate” investigation should be released before the election. And the Nenana flood victims finally return home.  Those stories and more tonight on Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Judge in Stevens case furious with prosecution
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, DC
The trial of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens teetered dangerously close to falling apart today.  Judge Emmet Sullivan considered declaring a mistrial or dismissing the case, but decided against it this afternoon.  He said government prosecutors are responsible for “gross negligence,” but that the situation can be rectified.

Judicial ruling on “Troopergate” investigation imminent
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
A judge is expected to rule soon on holding up the release of the Troopergate investigation results until after the November election.  A group of lawmakers and some Fairbanks citizens argued for the court order today.

Sitka’s mayoral candidates react to shut down of True Alaska Bottling
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
Candidates for mayor in Sitka were among the first to offer reactions to the news that True Alaska Bottling had shut down. TAB bottled water in Alaska under the name “True” until Friday at Sitka’s Sawmill Cove Industrial Park. Bottling was one of the first industries to move in to the site of the former Alaska Pulp Corporation mill.

Candidate Palin a magnet for public attention
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
Governor Sarah Palin and the state itself have attracted the attention of the media worldwide since Palin was selected a month ago as McCain’s running mate.

Nenana flood victims finally return home
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Nenana residents displaced by August flooding are mostly back in their homes.  City mayor Jason Mayrand says most people forced out by the worst flood in 40 years have been able to reoccupy their houses following repairs to remedy water damage.

Anchorage proclaims city’s first “Green District”
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Yesterday morning the municipality joined eight institutions of Anchorage’s U-Med area to proclaim the city’s first “Green District.”