Alaska News Nightly: May 14, 2013

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Bill Could Ease Way To Arctic Port

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The U.S. Senate is expected to a pass a sweeping bill authorizing dozens of water projects on Wednesday.

A provision is included that Alaska’s senators say could ease the way to an Arctic port.

Cruise Ship Waste Referendum Won’t Be On Ballot

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

When voters head to the polls next year, they could be faced with questions on oil taxes, the minimum wage, and the use of recreational marijuana. But one thing that won’t be on the ballot is a referendum on a controversial bill concerning cruise ship waste.

An Anchorage Doctor Learns How To Talk About Death

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Doctors deal with death all the time. But they often struggle to help patients live with a terminal disease. A specialty called Palliative Care is trying to change that. It’s been around since the early 1990s. But a lot of people, even in the medical profession, don’t know it exists.

Rescued Polar Bear Cub Heads To New York’s Buffalo Zoo

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Kali, the orphaned male polar bear cub that has been kept at Anchorage’s Alaska Zoo, spent Tuesday afternoon waiting patiently in his carrier for boarding on a  UPS cargo jet bound for the East Coast. Kali is heading to his new permanent home at New York’s Buffalo Zoo.

Musk Ox Herd Spotted Along Kuskokwim River

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel

A herd of musk oxen was seen on the frozen Kuskokwim River recently. It’s a sign that the population is expanding in the region.

Two Bering Sea Catch Processors Accused Of Tampering With Scales

Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska

Two Bering Sea groundfish catcher-processor vessels have been accused of tampering with the scales used to weigh their harvest. As KUCB’s Stephanie Joyce reports, the alleged violations carry hefty penalties for the vessels’ parent company, American Seafoods.

Parnell Meets In New York About State’s Economic Outlook

The Associated Press

Governor Sean Parnell is in New York meeting with banks and rating agencies about Alaska’s budget and economic outlook.

Long-Term Unemployment Benefits To Experience Cuts

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

As federal agencies are beginning to furlough employees because of sequestration, the long-term unemployed in Alaska are about to see a reduction in their unemployment benefits.

Dillingham Volunteer Monitors For Invasive Beetles

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

Some invasive species of bark beetles, if they make it to Alaska, could pose a serious threat to our trees and forests. In ten years of surveys, none have been detected, but state and federal forestry officials are coming to rely on volunteers to help monitor for them across the state. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger reports on one such volunteer who’s keeping an eye out the beetles around Dillingham.