Alaska News Nightly: March 20, 2013
CONFESSED: Leroy Dick Tells Judge He Killed VPSO Madole
Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham
Leroy Dick Jr is confessing to killing an unarmed Village Public Safety Officer in Manakotak. Dick allegedly shot VPSO Thomas Madole yesterday afternoon. Madole was a former pastor who leaves behind a wife, a son and a daughter. Leroy Dick made his first court appearance today in Dillingham, telling the magistrate he killed Madole.
‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill Passes Alaska House
Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau
The Alaska House of Representatives passed a “Stand Your Ground” bill on a 33-5 vote on Wednesday.
Oil Tax Debate Continues On Senate Floor
Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau
Debate on whether the state’s oil tax system should be overhauled continued in fits and spurts throughout the day. By early evening, the Senate had considered seven amendments to a bill flattening the tax rate on oil companies and shifting incentives for credits.
Murkowski Introduces New Revenue Sharing Bill
Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC
Senator Lisa Murkowski is introducing her version of a revenue sharing bill for both offshore and onshore energy production. It’s the second bill this Congress, and it faces an uncertain future.
Group Says It Will Keep Up Logging Road Challenge
The Associated Press
A conservation group said Wednesday it will continue pushing federal authorities to more closely regulate muddy logging roads, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that sided with the timber industry.
Muni Sues Port Designers, They Fault Construction
Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage
After years of problems, which halted the Port of Anchorage project, the municipality of Anchorage is suing the designers.
Iditarod Officials Release Results Of Investigation Into Unalakleet Dog Death
Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks
On March 15, volunteers with the Iditarod Trail Committee discovered a five year old husky had been buried and asphyxiated by drifting snow in Unalakleet. Today ITC released the results of an investigation into the death.
Bethel Man Pleads Guilty To Fraud
Sophie Evan, KYUK – Bethel
A Bethel man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently using the official letterhead for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The forgery was used in letters he mailed out to several local villages last spring.
Borough Exports Include Housing, Labor
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
The Matanuska Susitna Borough’ s unique economy is affecting many other areas of the state. That’s the word from a noted economist, who outlined his findings before the Borough Assembly on Tuesday.