Alaska News Nightly: March 16, 2011

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Health Officials Aren’t Worried About Radiation Threat in Alaska
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
The situation today at Japan’s troubled nuclear plant appears to be deteriorating. But officials in Alaska aren’t concerned it could pose a health risk to Alaskans.

Census Numbers Released for Alaska

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Alaska received its 2010 census numbers today. Overall the state’s population grew, but many areas of rural Alaska lost residents.

Redistricting Board Begins Work
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
The state’s Redistricting Board began its work today (Wednesday) after receiving the new census figures. The Redistricting Board has thirty days to draft initial plans for new political boundaries, and sixty days to finalize the plan.

Representative Cissna Testifies in Congress
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
Alaska State Representative Sharon Cissna was the star witness at a U.S. House hearing today (Wednesday) about TSA oversight. The Transportation Security Administration was under scrutiny in Washington for its use of full body scans and hands-on examinations.

Fairbanks Company Pushes Small Diameter Gas Line
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A Fairbanks company that wants to build a small diameter gas line from the North Slope is fighting an uphill battle to gain state support. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the project offers a limited scope, but vastly cheaper price tag.

Mackey Finish Iditarod in 16th Place
Diana Haecker, KTNA – Talkeetna
Four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey arrived in Nome this morning at 8:55 with seven dogs in harness and a big smile on his face. Although the crowd was thinner than he was used to from the last four races, Mackey fans lined the finish chute.

Railroad Extension May Not Happen
Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks
Alaska Railroad officials say work on a $200 million bridge and flood-control project across the Tanana River at Salcha will not begin next month. In fact, they say the project may not happen at all.

Global Warming is Fueling a Bug Explosion in Alaska
Johanna Eurich, APRN – Anchorage
Climate change may pose some major problems for humans, but for Bugs, it’s a playground on steroids. Johanna Eurich reports that warmer longer summers are setting the stage for some new insect players in Alaska.