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Alaska News Nightly: November 12, 2012

November 12, 2012

Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS.

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GCI Buys 3 Alaska Television Stations

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

GCI is purchasing three television stations: KTVA in Anchorage, KATH in Juneau, and KSCT in Sitka. The company says it’s the first of potentially more media buys.

Commission Says Alaskans Would Benefit From More Cooperation Between States, Tribes

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

The Tribal Law and Order Act signed into law last July created an all-volunteer Indian Law and Order Commission charged with creating recommendations on how to make life for Native Americans safer and more just. Two members of the Indian Law and Order Commission recently visited Alaska to gather information. They say all Alaskans would benefit if the state worked more cooperatively with tribes. Governor Sean Parnell says the criticism is unwarranted.

Print Shops: The Unsung Victors Of Alaska’s Elections

Alexandra Gutierrez, KUCB – Unalaska

Elections are over, and candidates and political groups reported spending nearly $10 million on state races this year. But where did that money go? While a lot of it went to consultants and media buys, plenty was also spent at Alaska’s brick and mortar stores. Hundreds of cups of coffee were bought for voters and volunteers, thousands of dollars went to helium balloons, and a small fortune was spent on t-shirts and hats. But of all of the businesses that profited from this campaign season, Alaska’s print shops saw the biggest windfall.

Symposium Addresses Poor Salmon Returns

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Poor salmon returns in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have cost recreational and sports fishing interests in the Borough millions of dollars over the past four years. The Mat-Su Salmon Science and Conservation Symposium, a stakeholders group working to protect salmon habitat, met this week to share the most recent information on what is affecting local salmon runs, and to update a plan aimed at improving the health of the fish stocks.

Alaska Innovates First Program To Subsidize Housing For Victims Of Violence

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

The need for safe housing for women and children in Alaska who have suffered from domestic violence has sparked a first in the nation program to help meet the demand. The Empowering Choice Housing program was created with 1.3 million in Governor Sean Parnell’s 2013 budget plus another million from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s federal moving to work program.

Hybrid High Schools Help Kids Imagine Their Futures

Mark Arehart, KYUK – Bethel

Alaska’s high school graduation rate lags behind the nation  — and Alaska Natives are more likely to drop out of school than others.  In rural Alaska, high school students who do graduate may not be sure what to do next.  In the next installment of our “Being Young in Rural Alaska” series, from the producers of Kids These Days, Mark Arehart looks at an idea designed to keep kids in high school, by giving them a glimpse of their possible futures.

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