Alaska News Nightly: February 4, 2009

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U.S. House votes to delay digital TV conversion deadline
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington, DC
The switch to digital television will be delayed. The US House voted today to postpone the date on when TV broadcasters must switch off their regular analog signals and go digital.

Stimulus package means thousands of jobs for Alaska
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
8700 jobs – that’s what the White House says the economic stimulus package could mean for Alaska. A study released this week shows Alaska gaining those jobs over the next two years.

Legislature challenges Governor Palin’s budget numbers
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The Palin administration faced its first challenges today to the supplemental budget the governor introduced earlier this week. The Supplemental Budget makes changes to the current year’s spending, and usually it increases spending to cover unforeseen needs. But this one asks for $268 million in reductions.

Trooper shoot and kill gun-wielding woman
Associated Press, Anchorage
Last night, Alaska State Troopers shot and killed a woman whom they say was wielding a handgun. Troopers say 38-year-old Debra Torrey was shot after refusing to drop the gun.

UAF Sophmore found dead in dorm room
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A University of Alaska Fairbanks student was found dead in her dorm room yesterday. Campus Police are investigating the death of 20-year-old Lauren Lacomte of Fairbanks. U.A.F. Police Chief Sean McGeee says officers went looking for her at the request of one of her parents, who lives out of state.

Representative Reggie Joule victim of Internet scam
Janelle Everett, KBRW – Barrow
Recently, Kotzebue representative Reggie Joule found out that anyone can become a target of Internet scams, no matter where you live or who you are.

Tax scam targets Alaskans
Kells Heatherington, KSDP – Sand Point
As income tax season approaches, the Better Business Bureau is also warning citizens to be wary of callers claiming to be from the IRS.

Alaska tourism industry wants money for marketing
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Alaska’s tourism industry wants the state to spend more money on marketing. It’s pitching a plan to use cruise-line taxes to boost visitor numbers that are declining due to the economy.

Southeast Dungy crab fishery undergoes changes
Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg
Southeast’s commercial Dungeness crab fishery will look a little different this year following decisions by the state’s board of fish in January. The board approved a change to the season timing for districts one and two in southern southeast near Ketchikan.