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Alaska News Nightly: January 8, 2013

January 8, 2013

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Shaeffer Cox Sentenced To Nearly 26 Years In Prison

Fairbanks militiaman Francis Shaeffer Cox is facing a 310 months in prison. Federal judge Robert Bryan handed down the sentence – close to 26 years – U.S. District Court in Anchorage at noon Tuesday, despite pleas of leniency from both Cox and his attorney, Peter Camiel.

2 Federal Investigations To Probe Kulluk Incident

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

There will be two federal investigations of what went wrong with the Kulluk, the 266-foot Shell drilling rig that went adrift in the Gulf of Alaska and ended up on the rocks of the outer coast of Kodiak Island.

American Petroleum Institute Says Shell Should Move Forward With Arctic Ocean Drilling Plans

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington

The top oil lobbyist in Washington, D.C. says Shell Oil should not be hampered by the grounding of the Kulluk. The American Petroleum Institute says the company should be allowed to move forward with its Arctic Ocean plans this year.

Student Arrested After Bringing BB Gun To School

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

An Anchorage high school went into lock down this morning (Tuesday, 1/8) after a student brought a gun to school.

Officers Study Science Behind Deadly Force

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Law enforcement officers from across the state have spent the past two days in a training on the use of deadly force. The workshop comes after two deadly, high-profile suspect shootings by Anchorage Police officers in 2012. The training is focused on science.

Contaminated Site Has Nikiski Residents Worried About Groundwater Pollution

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

A contaminated site in Nikiski has residents worried for the safety of their groundwater. The Arness Septage site was a dumping ground in the 1980s for more than 4,000 gallons of oil contaminated waste, sludge and other pollutants. In the decades since, Department of Environmental Conservation staff say the site has not been properly monitored.

Peninsula Clarion reporter Brian Smith just published a six-part series on the site. He says in the late 1980s the area was cleaned up. But he told APRN’s Lori Townsend there are still big questions about how area ground water was affected.

Are You Prepared For The Next Evacuation?

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

At 12:13 early Saturday morning in Sitka, the tsunami siren blew. Warnings were broadcast throughout Sitka after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck right before midnight. And the siren caught many city residents unprepared.

 

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