Alaska News Nightly: August 7, 2009

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Moratorium Lifted on Health Applications
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The moratorium has been partially lifted on the state’s authority to accept new applications for Personal Care Assistance through the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Special Session Meets Monday
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The Legislature has called itself into special session next Monday to take up two issues members can deal with in one day.

Small Business Owners Wade into Health Care Debate
Casey Kelley, KBBI – Homer
Alaska small business owners and commercial fishermen are wading into the health care debate.

US Senate Starts August Recess
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
The US Senate wrapped up work today and officially started the August recess.

Memorial Service for Lu Young Scheduled
The Associated Press
A memorial service for Lu Young will be held on Aug. 18 at the Anchorage Baptist Temple.

Wet Weather Slows Wildfires
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Wet weather in the interior has slowed the progress of wildfires.

Historic Palmer Farm Gets New Look
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
A 100-year old farm in Palmer is getting a new look and a new name.

Yukon Quest Secures Purse for 2010 Race
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Yukon Quest has announced it’s already secured a $150,000 purse for the 2010 race.  Quest Director Tanya Simpson says the unusually early purse announcement reflects strong sponsor support well in advance of the February event.

Department of Education Releases Yearly Progress Report
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development releases the annual Adequate Yearly Progress Report for 2008-2009.