Alaska News Nightly: April 5, 2010

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Redoubt Rumbling Again
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Redoubt Volcano has scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory on their toes again. Seismic monitors on the volcano began recording increased earthquake activity on Redoubt early Monday morning.

Two Groups Want Abortion Initiative Off the Ballot
The Associated Press
Two groups want to keep a proposed abortion initiative off the ballot in Alaska because the language used in petition signature booklets wasn’t accurate. Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the ACLU of Alaska, says it’s not enough that a judge ordered the lieutenant governor to rewrite ballot language.

Legislature Rounds Corner on Session
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The Legislature is into the final two weeks of this year’s ninety-day session with a lot of the top-priority items still undecided – and a lot of work left to do.

University System Assessing Ramifications of Health Care Reform
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The University of Alaska is wading through the impacts of national health care reform legislation.  The university is one of the state’s largest employers, and insures about 10,000 people when dependents are included.

State Feels Impact of Health Care Industry
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
One of the largest industries in Alaska is health care. It employs more people than state government and the oil industry and its impact is felt across the entire state.

Wastewater Panel to Resume Meeting in Early Summer
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Alaska’s Cruise Ship Wastewater Science Panel will resume meeting in early summer with a full slate. The final two appointments include a replacement for an environmental activist who was removed due to industry pressure.

Tourism Pros Hoping to Lure Visitors with Cultural Offerings
Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka
A group of tourism professionals hope to attract visitors to Alaska who come for the state’s cultural offerings. They met in Sitka last week to figure out new ways to do it. The fourth annual Heritage and Cultural Tourism Conference brought together the U.S. Small Business Administration and tourism providers from across the state.