Alaska News Nightly: April 2, 2009

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Republicans Call for Begich to Resign
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
Governor Sarah Palin and the Alaska Republican Party are calling for Senator Mark Begich to step down. They say his election win in November was influenced by the guilty verdict in the Ted Stevens case – a verdict that will soon be thrown out.

Senators React to Justice Department Decision
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
Former Senator Ted Stevens’ friends and old colleagues in the Senate were floored by the Attorney General’s decision yesterday to drop the federal case against him. His fellow Republicans were quick to praise Stevens, and lamented that the guilty verdict came down right before his failed election bid.

Legal Expert Looks at Stevens Case
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
There are lots of looming legal questions over the Justice Departments decision to dismiss the Steven’s conviction. For some answers, we turned to Gerald Hebert, Executive Director of the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, DC. Hebert is a former federal prosecutor himself.

State Lawmakers Weigh Parental Consent
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The House today (Thursday) passed one of Governor Palin’s top priority bills, a measure requiring parental consent before underage women can get an abortion.

High School Students Tackle Top Level Science
Bonnie Sue Hitchcock, KCAW – Sitka
Mt. Edgecumbe’s molecular ecology students are sweeping science fairs and symposiums across the state, with their work on DNA extraction in the muskeg ecosystem of the Tongass.

Fairbanks Diocese has Plan to Pay Victims
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Fairbanks Catholic Diocese has filed a plan for paying victims of abuse by clergy. The compensation plan is the latest step in a Diocese chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization spurred by abuse claims. Diocese attorney Kasey Nye says the fund, which could top 30 million dollars, includes 8 point 6 million dollars derived from church real estate.

Juneau Adds a Football Team
Rebecca Sheir, KTOO – Juneau
What happens when a one-football-team town becomes a two-football-team town? KTOO’s Rebecca Sheir introduces us to the Thunder Mountain High School Falcons, the newest kickers on the block … and explores how Juneau’s football scene will change now that the Crimson Bears have a bit of company.