Alaska News Nightly: August 6, 2009

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Two People Killed in Seward Highway Accident
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Two people were killed and others sought treatment for injuries after a multiple vehicle accident on the Seward highway Thursday afternoon. State troopers report the crash, near Beluga Point involved 5 vehicles.

Alaska Senators Split on Sotomayor
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Alaska’s senators split their vote on Thursday sending Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Senator Mark Begich (D) voted yes. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) voted no.

Fairbanks Getting Much Needed Rain
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Fairbanks is getting some much needed rain, the first appreciable precipitation since June.

Smoke Degrades Air Quality in Fairbanks
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Wildfire smoke severely degraded air quality in Fairbanks overnight.

Visibility Poor Near Fairbanks
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The wildfire smoke has reduced visibility and that’s making for dangerous driving conditions.

Stryker Brigade Sending More Troops Home
Jenny Canfield, UAF – Fairbanks
More than 4,000 soldiers from the 125th Stryker Brigade will return to Fairbanks by the end of September.

Village Leaders Gathering to Discuss Environment
Lori Townsend, APRN – Bethel
Leaders from villages in the Bethel region are meeting in Aniak this week to talk about the biggest environmental issues in their villages.

Graduation Rates Up In Anchorage
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
A report released yesterday covering the 2008-2009 school year, shows Anchorage School District’s graduation rate has improved.

Native Students Taking Special Field Trips
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
A normal school day doesn’t usually include much possibility for outdoor adventure. But an Anchorage summer school program is getting Alaska Native students out rafting, hiking and exploring the natural world near the city.

New Ferry for Homer and Seldovia Planned
Casey Kelly, KBBI – Homer
A new fast ferry service between Homer and Seldovia will start up next summer.