Alaska News Nightly: August 21, 2009

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Senate Leader to Join Parnell Administration
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Senate minority leader Gene Therriault is taking a top level job with the Parnell administration.   The former Senate President will be a senior policy advisor with an emphasis on energy-related issues.

Murkowski Holds Town Hall Meeting on Health Care
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
It was an overflow turnout at a large Anchorage high school auditorium Thursday night for Republican US Senator Lisa Murkowski’s town meeting on health care – one of a series planned during the Congressional recess.

Repealing Tax Tour Industry’s Goal
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
The tour industry’s push to get the state’s $50 tax on each cruise ship passenger repealed dominated Thursday’s Southcentral Alaska Tourism Summit in Anchorage.

Protestors in Marshall Say They’re Vindicated
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
Protesters in the village of Marshall say they’ve been vindicated by the latest count of Yukon River King Salmon.

Obama Administration Working on Ocean Plans
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Obama Administration is working on a plan to create a national policy on oceans, coasts and the great lakes.

Mapping Underway of Pribilof Canyon
Ann Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
Scientists, industry players, federal agencies, and communities are working together to map the productive Bering Sea Pribilof Canyon Ecosystem.

Two Ft. Richardson Troops Killed
The Associated Press
Two paratroopers from Fort Richardson have been killed in Afghanistan.

Legislature Tightening Bootlegging Laws
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
Last year the Alaska Legislature approved new standards for how law enforcement agencies and prosecutors deal with bootlegging or the illegal importation of alcohol into dry communities.