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Alaska News Nightly: October 7, 2013

October 7, 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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Nikiski Top Choice For LNG Pipeline Destination

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Since natural gas was discovered on the North Slope, there’s been talk of building a pipeline to get it to market. But where should that pipeline end? On Monday, Exxon, BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada announced that Nikiski is their top choice for a stopping point.

Great Bear Says Alaska’s Shale Has Great Potential

Anne Hillman, APRN – Anchorage

The CEO of Great Bear Petroleum says their new 3D seismic data confirms a promising new oil resource in the shale rocks just south of Prudhoe Bay.

Pebble Partnership Lays Off Workers

The Associated Press

The group behind the proposed Pebble Mine is laying off workers after one of the partners in the controversial project pulled out.

Big Wind Storm Predicted To Hit Anchorage During Morning Commute

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The first big wind storm of the season is forecast to hit early Tuesday Morning. With lots of wet weather and the ground not frozen, the National Weather Service says Anchorage should be prepared for some downed trees and power outages.

Salvage Begins On Sunken Tender In Haines Harbor

Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – Haines

Salvage began Monday on a tender that sank over the weekend in the Haines Harbor. Crews continued working to contain leaking fuel from the boat while also trying to accommodate the area’s fishing fleet.

Furloughed Employees Struggle To Pay Bills

Shady Grove Oliver, KSTK – Wrangell

Federal workers who have been furloughed will likely be paid retroactively once the shutdown is over. And government employees who are remaining on the job during the shutdown will be paid for their work eventually, but they don’t know when. For Alaska families living paycheck to paycheck, that’s a severe hardship.

Badly Beaten Teen Remains Unconscious

The Associated Press

Anchorage police say an 18-year-old man who was beaten and left to die in an abandoned downtown house has not regained consciousness.

Fairbanks Police To Play Support Role In Fairbanks 4 Review

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Fairbanks Police are expected to play a support role in the review of new data raised in the Fairbanks 4 case. The new information filed in court last month points to other suspects than the 4 local men convicted of the 1997 murder of John Hartman.  Last week the state announced that it would conduct a review of the information raised by the Alaska Innocence Project, including a confession by a former Fairbanks resident imprisoned for other murders.

Anchorage, Native Corporation Disagree on Gas Revenues

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A dispute between the Municipality of Anchorage and Eklutna, Inc. is headed to court. Eklutna, Inc., an Alaska Native Corporation, claims it is due about half the revenue generated from the methane gas produced at the Anchorage Landfill, but Muni attorneys say the land didn’t generate the gas, city garbage did.

YK Delta Company Competing For Super Bowl Commercial Time

Sophie Evan, KYUK – Bethel

The Yukon Kuskokwim region is gaining national attention through the business savvy of the local Sparck sisters who happen to be triplets. Since 2006 the entrepreneurs have run a cosmetic company, ArXotica, using ingredients from the tundra. Now, they have a chance to win a free commercial for their company, which will be aired during the super bowl and are asking for your help.

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