Alaska News Nightly: May 1, 2009

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UAA Gets Multi-Million-Dollar Donation from Anonymous Supporter
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
In the past few weeks, mysterious anonymous multi-million-dollar donations have arrived at a number of colleges and universities. One of them is the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Lawyers Meet to Discuss Joshua Wade Trial
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
One day after federal prosecutors filed to seek the death penalty in the Joshua Wade trial, both sides met this morning for a status hearing.

Study Reveals Dangers of Mercury in North Pacific Ocean
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington
A new study shows for the first time how dangerous mercury is getting into the North Pacific Ocean and its seafood.

Break Up of Kuskokwim Means Shifting Ice and Rising Waters
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
Break up is beginning on the The Kuskokwim River.  Residents in the upriver Villages of Sleetmute, Red Devil and Crooked Creek are watching the river ice shift and the water rise.

Corps of Engineers Documents Erosion Problems Throughout Alaska
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A new report conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers documents erosion problems in 178 villages in Alaska.

Construction of Sea Wall Underway to Protect Shishmareff
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Brice Eningokuk  is the technical support for the Shishmareff Relocation and Erosion Coalition. He says construction is underway on a specially designed sea wall to protect the beachfront.

Cook Inlet Villages Bracing for Swine Flu
Casey Kelly, KBBI – Homer
Villages around Cook Inlet are preparing for an outbreak of swine flu much like larger communities in the area. But their remote locations present additional challenges.

Nonprofit Faces Financial Crisis
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
A leading Alaska based non-profit organization is facing a financial crisis that is apparently, at least in part, the result of malfeasance and a lack of financial controls.

Oil Tanker Removes Oil from Drift River Terminal
The Associated Press
The Coast Guard says an oil tanker has removed a load of oil and water from the Drift River terminal that lies in the path of mud slides from Redoubt Volcano.