Alaska News Nightly: October 8, 2013

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State Expects Unemployment Filings To Rise Due To Shutdown

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

It’s been one week since the federal government shut down.

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development expects a rise in federal workers filing for unemployment payments due to the furlough.

Alaska Native Tribal Governments Keep Doors Open For Now

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Alaska Native tribal governments are keeping their doors open during the shutdown, but worry about how long it will go on.

Bethel Economic Summit Looks At Energy Needs

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel

Energy and the challenges of providing it in remote Western Alaska was the main topic of a summit in Bethel yesterday (Monday).  Tribal leaders from dozens of villages throughout the Yukon-Kuskowim Delta attended the gathering put on by the Association of Village Council Presidents.

Signing Up For Insurance On Federal Marketplace Still A Waiting Game

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

The main groups working to help Alaskans sign up for health insurance on the federally run marketplace haven’t successfully enrolled anyone. One week after the launch of the marketplace, it’s still not working correctly. APRN’s Annie Feidt sat down with Alaskans trying to sign up for insurance on the site and has this story.

Alaska E-Health Network Defends Privacy Protections Of Medical Records

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The company contracted with the state to manage Alaska’s new on line medical records data base is defending its privacy protections.

Why Sea-Tac Airport Workers Can’t Join a Union for Better Pay

Ashley Gross, KPLU – Seattle

In November, voters in the small city of SeaTac will decide whether to set one of the highest minimum wages in the country. The controversial Proposition One would raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour for some workers, including ground crew at the airport. Alaska Airlines is fighting the measure. Traditionally, when workers want better wages, they join a union. So why are airport workers taking this approach instead? As KPLU’s Ashley Gross explains, they don’t have a lot of choices – they’re stuck in a legal limbo under federal labor law.

Tlingit & Haida Housing Authority, CCS To Expand Senior Services In Rural Southeast

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority and Catholic Community Service on Monday announced the expansion of a program that helps senior citizens live independently in Southeast Alaska.