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Alaska News Nightly: April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013

Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via emailpodcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.

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Review Clears 2 APD Officers In Fatal Shooting

The Associated Press

A review has cleared two Anchorage police officers involved in a fatal shooting.

Police spokesman Dani Myren says in a release that the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals ruled that the use of force by officers Roger Billiet and Alan Rydberg was within legal parameters and no charges will be filed.

On February 19th, Billiet and Rydberg shot and killed 25-year-old Carl Richard Bowie III as he drove a stolen vehicle toward them. Police at the time said the two officers fired a total of seven shots at Bowie.

Bowie was struck three times and died at the scene. A female passenger in the stolen truck was not injured.

Hall Wins West Anchorage District By 500 Votes, Labor Referendum Denied

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The ‘Write-in Nick Moe’ campaign has announced they will not challenge the results of the Anchorage Municipal Election in West Anchorage’s District 3. Thousands of voters wrote-in Moe’s name on the ballot, but even after a hand-count, election officials say Moe lost by more than 500 votes.

Also today, Anchorage attorneys denied an application to hold a referendum repealing the controversial ordinance that limits unions and inspired Moe to jump into the race.

Politicians Split On How To Judge New Oil Tax System

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Now that a bill lowering taxes on oil companies has passed, the big question is: Will it work? With the legislative session over, APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that politicians have different opinions on how the new tax regime should be judged.

Legislature Adjourns Before Acting On Voter ID Bill

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The Legislature adjourned Sunday without acting on a bill adding new voter identification requirements. But the measure is poised for action when lawmakers return to the Capitol next January.

JBER Soldier Sentenced To 16 Years In Prison For Espionage

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

An Army MP has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for espionage. 24- year-old William Colton Millay had pleaded guilty in March of this year to charges of attempted espionage, issuing false statements and communicating national defense information with intent to harm the US.

Former Juneau Mayor Remembered For Work In Capital Move Fight

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

Former Juneau Mayor Bill Overstreet is being remembered as a persuasive and successful spokesman for Alaska’s capital city during the capital move fights of the 1970s and 80s.

Overstreet died last week in Sun City West, Arizona, where he and his wife Jean have spent their winters in recent years.  He was 86-years-old.

Bill moved his family from Oklahoma in 1952.  Over the years he was a teacher, school administrator, and became the first director of the statewide Alaska School Board Association.

Author Stabenow Plans To Build Writers’ Retreat

Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Kenai

Alaska author Dana Stabenow has big plans – and they have nothing to do with the plot of her next crime fiction novel. Stabenow hopes to turn her 10-acre property outside of Homer into a writers retreat dedicated to fostering the skills of female writers.

Eclectic Groups Take Stage At Alaska Folk Festival

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

A dog took the stage during this year’s Alaska Folk Festival. So did a drum-and-pipe band and some Middle-Eastern-style singers and dancers. CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld assembled this audio post card.

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