Alaska News Nightly: April 16, 2010

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High-Profile Issues Left to the Last Legislative Minute
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The Legislature has two days left to meet the 90-day session limit the voters have demanded.  They have left a lot of the high-profile issues for the last minute – and are still working on finding some consensus on others.

House Proposes Issuing PFD Checks for Beneficiaries
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Alaskans will fight for their right to a Permanent Fund dividend check, and now a bill passed by the state House on Thursday allows beneficiaries of the deceased to collect.

Troopers Rush Into Nunam Iqua After Health Aides Quit
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
Alaska State Troopers and Village Public Safety Officers have swept into a coastal village after the high profile resignation of village health aides there. They quit their jobs in the village of Nunam Iqua, saying conditions there were unsafe.

Fairbanks Woman Found
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The body of a missing Fairbanks woman was found yesterday. State Troopers report that Samantha Lee Randolf’s body was discovered near where her car was found stuck off Chena Hot Springs Road last December.

Some Bear Hunting Banned in Parts of Denali and Gates of Arctic
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The National Park Service has banned some controversial bear hunting practices in parts of Denali and Gates of the Arctic National Preserves.

Hunter Unsure of Bear He Shot
Philippe Morin Morin, Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
In Canada’s Northwest territories a hunter from Ulahaktok says he’s not sure what species of bear he’s killed.

Foundation Testing New Fishing Equipment
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
The North Pacific Fisheries Research Foundation and groups of fishermen have developed and tested a new style of Chinook salmon excluder device for pollock trawl nets. The innovation arrives just in time to help address the Chinook salmon bycatch hard cap rules –that are going into place.

Izembek Land Swap Passes House
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
The state’s version of the Izembek land swap bill passed the state’s House of Representatives last night and will now go on to the governor.

Students Protest Possible Tuition Hikes
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
The University of Alaska Regents were not scheduled to decide on a tuition increase at their meeting this week in Dillingham, but that did not stop students from speaking against the proposal.