Alaska News Nightly: October 8, 2008

The State Supreme Court hears “Troopergate” arguments – and will rule tomorrow. Also, the Judge in the Ted Stevens trial decides not to dismiss case against the senator. And Iditarod champ Lance Mackey gets dose of stardom on national TV. Those stories and more tonight on Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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State Supreme Court hears “Troopergate” arguments
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Anchorage
The state Supreme Court is hearing arguments this afternoon on whether the legislature’s ‘troopergate’ investigation should continue.The justices have said they will make their decision by tomorrow afternoon. The report by Special investigator Steve Branchflower is expected to be given to the legislative council on Friday.

Judge decides not to dismiss case against Ted Stevens

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, DC
Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled this afternoon not to dismiss the case against Senator Ted Stevens. But there will be penalties for government prosecutors, who the judge said used evidence they knew to be false.

Coeur d’Alene rejects call for talks

John Ryan, KTOO – Juneau
The Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation has rejected a call for talks aimed at reviving a mine-waste plan the company abandoned last month. The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council invited the Kensington Mine’s owners and federal regulators to resolve their differences yesterday.

The international credit crisis has not hit Alaska
Weld Royal, KTOO – Juneau
The world’s financial jitters haven’t yet translated into a credit crisis for small business in Alaska. One bank chief says institutions still have plenty of money. Even so, fewer people are asking for loans.

Petersburg’s public cold storage breaks even

Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg
Petersburg’s public cold storage broke even and then some last fiscal year. In its second year of operation, The Petersburg Economic Development Council facility has also attracted some new customers. And, despite a poor pink salmon return, the cold storage kept its blast freezers busy with chums for several weeks this summer.

Iditarod champion Lance Mackey gets dose of stardom on national TV
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Reigning Iditarod and Yukon Quest champion Lance Mackey of Fairbanks is in New York City to promote the Discovery channels new TV series on the last great race. Mackey is one of 6 mushers profiled in the 6 part reality show. Mackey describes the intense coverage of last year’s Iditarod by Discovery as a “worth while distraction”.

Nobel Laureate Michael Schlesinger visits Alaska

Emily Schwing, KBBI – Homer
Nobel Laureate and Atmospheric Scientist, Michael Schlesinger, recently made the rounds in Alaska. He spoke in Homer yesterday about climate change, and its causes and repercussions. The University of Illinois professor is a contributor to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the 2007 Nobel Prize.

Daughter of Alaska Ranger captain seeks closure on her father’s life
Anne Hillman, KIAL – Unalaska
Captain Eric Peter Jacobsen was amongst the five who died when the Alaska Ranger sank last Easter in the Bering Sea. Since that day, his daughter Karen has been on a journey to find out more about the father she was only just beginning to know.