Alaska News Nightly: May 3, 2013

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Governor Sean Parnell Announces He Will Seek Re-Election In 2014

For months, there has been speculation as to whether Gov. Sean Parnell would run for reelection or choose to go up against Democrat Mark Begich in the Senate race. Tonight, he made his announcement in Fairbanks at a meeting of the Republican Women.

Alaska Supreme Court Rejects “Fetal Personhood” Initiative

Over the past few months, states like Kansas and North Dakota have moved so-called “fetal personhood” measures forward as a challenge to Roe v. Wade. Friday, Alaska’s Supreme Court reaffirmed that such anti-abortion laws would not hold up in this state.

Convicted Former Murkowski Aid Registers As Lobbyist

A former aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who served time in prison for falsifying his fishing records, is now working as a lobbyist. Records from the first quarter of this year show Arne Fuglovg represented four commercial fishing companies.

Senator Murkowski Meets With Subsistence Users In Glenallen

Senator Lisa Murkowski held a listening session on subsistence in Glennallen yesterday (Thursday). The meeting followed an a similar meeting in Bethel last month. Murkowski says the issues raised in Glennallen were different from those voiced in Bethel.

Scientists Study Mt. Redoubt’s 2009 Seismic Activity

For several months in 2009, Redoubt volcano had residents of Southcentral Alaska on edge. Scientists warned that the volcano could erupt at any time in January. But it wasn’t until mid March that Redoubt sent a ash plume thousands of feet into the air.

Canoes Arrive In Wrangell

People have been arriving in Wrangell for this weekend’s rededication of the Chief Shake’s Island house. KSTK’s Shady Grove Oliver has this story on the canoes that came for the event.

‘Day Of Loss’ As Bill Brady Center Closes Its Doors

Tuesday was the last day of operation for the Bill Brady Healing Center. The inpatient drug-and-alcohol rehab program has existed in its current form since 1996. Its closure is blamed on federal budget cutbacks. The center is part of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC, which relies heavily on federal money.

AK: Bacon

This week on AK, bacon. From its sound to its smell, it’s safe to say most meat eaters love everything about bacon. But few love it as much as Erik Johnson. He makes his homemade. Over the years he’s experimented with different bacon recipes, once even using an entire bottle of whiskey as a marinade.

300 Villages: Newtok

Now it’s time for 300 villages. This week we’re going to the village of Newtok, on the Ninglick River, which drains into the Bering Sea. The community is being relocated because of coastal erosion due to climate change.