Alaska News Nightly: June 10, 2009

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Senator Begich Calls for Arctic Ambassador
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska)  is calling for the creation of a new government position: Ambassador for the Arctic.

Former Attorney General Elected Mat-Su Mayor
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Talis Colberg will serve as Matanuska-Susitna Borough mayor, at least until October.

Court Sends Corruption Cases Back to Trial Judge
The Associated Press
A federal appeals court has sent the corruption cases of two former Alaska lawmakers back to a trial judge.

State Confirms 11 Cases of Swine Flu
The Associated Press
State health officials say there are now 11 confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza, the so called swine flu in Alaska.

DOT Commissions Study on Anchorage Roads
Suzanna Caldwell, APRN – Anchorage
The Alaska Department of Transportation has commissioned a study to see if road improvements can be made to ease the flow of traffic for a busy area of Anchorage

Pollock B Season Starts
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
Pollock B season started on Wednesday in the Bering Sea and the fleet has more than 472 thousand metric tons left to catch.

Sitka Star Drafted Into the Big Leagues
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
A former Sitka baseball standout has been drafted into the majors.

Two Children Killed in Copper Center Fire
The Associated Press
Alaska State Troopers say two children have been killed in a house fire today in Copper Center.

New Slaughterhouse HQ Planned for Kodiak
Erik Wander, KMXT – Kodiak
A new method of processing livestock in remote locations will be headquartered in Kodiak and a new meat product will arrive along with it.