Alaska News Nightly: October 27, 2008

U.S. Senator Ted Stevens is found guilty on all seven counts of lying on Senate financial disclosure forms. Alaskans react with shock, amazement, disappointment and concern. Plus, an update on the sinking of the Katmai. Those stories and more tonight on Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Stevens guilty of deliberately concealing gifts, remains on U.S. Senate ballot next week
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, DC
Alaska’s senior U.S. Senator was found guilty on all seven counts of lying on his financial disclosure forms. A Washington, DC jury convicted Senator Ted Stevens this afternoon on all charges. The first says Stevens schemed to conceal gifts on his disclosure forms. The rest of the counts break down the charges by year, starting with Stevens’ 2001 form.

After confusing start, Stevens jury reaches verdict quickly in DC courtroom
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, DC
APRN’s Libby Casey was in the courtroom today when the verdict was read and shares the details from the conclusion of an historic trial.

With Stevens conviction in the news, candidates offer their thoughts
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage; Duncan Moon, APRN – Anchorage
The other three candidates vying to be part of Alaska’s Congressional delegation in Washington, DC all responded publicly to the news of Senator Steven’s conviction. Stevens’ opponent for the US Senate Mark Begich gave a measured, prepared response. Congressman Don Young said he thought the trial was not fairly handled and that it was too early to count Stevens out. Young’s opponent for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ethan Berkowitz, said the impact of the Senator Steven’s conviction might take a while to sink in.

Palin campaign issues statement on Stevens verdict
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Governor Palin issued a written statement today, saying Stevens’ conviction “shines a light on the corrupting influence” of VECO while it played an influential role in state politics.

Stevens conviction: Anchorage reactions
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage and
The news of Stevens’ conviction blazed through the chilly streets of Anchorage. APRN’s Ellen Lockyer ventured out for public reaction.

Stevens conviction: Kodiak reactions
Casey Kelly, KMXT – Kodiak
Citizens across the state had wide ranging opinions about Stevens’ conviction, including in the port of Kodiak, on the eastern end of the Aleutian chain.

With 20 years of DC reporting, APRN’s Southern offers perspective on Stevens trial
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Joel Southern worked as a Washington DC based political reporter for the Alaska Public Radio Network for 20 years. He now lives in Denmark, but he joins us to offer some perspective on the Stevens conviction. Stevens released a statement this afternoon saying he is innocent and he said that the prosecution handled the trial in an “unconscionable manner.”

Investigation into ‘Katmai’ sinking begins with tales from four survivors
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Today a Marine Board of Investigation began interviewing the four men who survived last week’s sinking of the fishing vessel Katmai in the Aleutians. Seven crew members were lost, five bodies were recovered. The cause of the sinking is not yet clear.