Alaska News Nightly: May 15, 2009

Kenai Central High School's Lincoln Wensley Wins Presidential Award
Kenai Central High School's Lincoln Wensley Wins Presidential Award

Photo By Libby Casey, APRN – Washington

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The Kenai Catches A Weather Break
Casey Kelly, KBBI – Homer
The weather is now cooperating with firefighters battling the East End Road wildfire outside of Homer.

Homer Electric Backs Out of Deal with Healy Clean Coal
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Homer Electric is backing out of the Healy Clean Coal deal.

Obama’s Pick for Indian Affairs Wins Early Nod
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
President Barack Obama’s pick to run the Bureau of Indian Affairs won the approval of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Thursday.

Alaska GM and Chrysler Dealers to Be Spared
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
Alaska General Motors and Chrysler dealers will be spared as both U.S. automakers close dealerships nationwide.

Fish and Wildlife Service Marking Endangered Species Day
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is marking Endangered Species Day on Friday.

Federal Judge to Decide Settlement for Abuse Victims

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
It will be up to federal bankruptcy judge to decide on what’s included in a settlement package for nearly 300 sexual abuse victims seeking compensation from the Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska.

More Floods May be On their Way to Yukon River Villages
The Associated Press
Ice jams are threatening more Yukon River villages.

Kenai Teen Wins Presidential Honor
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
A teenager from Kenai set out last year to protect the eroding sand dunes along the Kenai River.