Alaska News Nightly: October 10, 2008

The “Troopergate” report says Governor Palin abused her power. Also, a Judge orders the governor not to destroy personal e-mails that deal with state business. And Colin Powell testifies in support of Ted Stevens. Those stories and more tonight on Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Troopergate report says Governor Palin abused power

Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Hordes of international reporters waited more than seven hours today for the release of the investigator Steve Branchflower’s highly anticipated ‘Troopergate’ report. After carefully reviewing the contents of the 200 page document, the legislative council voted unanimously to release it to the public.

Judge orders governor to maintain personal e-mails
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
A judge has ordered Governor Palin not to destroy any personal e-mails having to do with state business, and to ask her internet provider, Yahoo, to try to retrieve any deleted ones.

Colin Powell testifies in support of Ted Stevens

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, DC
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says Alaska Senator Ted Stevens’ reputation for integrity and truth is “sterling.”  The four-star general testified today as a character witness in Stevens’ federal trial.  Alaska’s senior Senator faces seven felony counts of lying on his financial disclosure forms.  He’s accused of taking more than $250,000 in gifts, mostly from oil field services company Veco.

Navy identifies remains of WWII sub near Kiska
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
The remains of a World War II submarine, the USS Grunion, have been officially identified by Navy historians. The sub sank near Kiska in the western Aleutian Islands on August 30, 1941 1942. The captain of the ship, Jim Abele left behind his wife and three young sons. But the sons didn’t give up their quest to know what happened to their father. [Updated 13 Oct 2008 with correct year, thanks to listener Shaun Przybylski]

Fairbanks examines liquified coal as potential fuel source
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A report shows coal to liquids technology could provide cheaper fuel for Fairbanks.  A Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation commissioned feasibility study done by Hatch Engineering of Canada is out in draft form. FEDCO CEO Jim Dodson says the preliminary document needs some tweaking, but that overall it’s optimistic about local coal to liquids potential.

Democrat Chris Tuck’s candidacy comes under fire
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
The State House race for District 29 in Anchorage has taken a legal turn as the Republican party is protesting the right of the Democrat candidate to run.

TWIC to become mandatory in February
Mike Mason, KBBI – Homer
A new regulation will go into effect early next year that requires many Alaskans to get something called the “Transportation Worker Identification Credential”.