Alaska News Nightly: July 24, 2009

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Legislative Session Meets DOE Rules
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The special legislative session scheduled in Anchorage on August 10 will meet the requirements made official today by the US Department of Energy.

Territorial Guard Could See Hike in Benefits
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Alaska Territorial Guard members could see their military benefit payments restored by the federal government under a bill that passed the US Senate Thursday night.

Healthcare Providers Feeling Strained
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The growing problem of access to health care providers for seniors on Medicare in Alaska is straining the few clinics and doctors who are still accepting new or existing Medicare recipients.

Fires Still Burning in Southcentral
Lori Townsend – APRN, Anchorage
TheRailbailt fires have increase and a new fire has started near Galena.

Palin to Leave Office on Sunday
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
Governor Sarah Palin’s resignation becomes official on Sunday.

Big Crowd Expected for Palin’s Fairbanks Farewell
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A big crowd is expected in Fairbanks Sunday when Governor Sarah Palin officially steps down from the state’s top job.

Healy Coal Plant Takes Another Turn
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The long struggle to bring the Healy Clean Coal plant on line has taken another turn.

Arctic Waters Near Barrow Are Crowded This Week
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
There’s no harbor in Barrow but the waters near the arctic city are a bit crowded this week.

Camp Q is Big Draw
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
For the past 12 years students have gathered in Unalaska to attend Camp Q, the local culture camp.