Alaska News Nightly: October 10, 2014

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Judge Hears Oral Arguments In Lawsuit Challenging Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage

Same-sex marriage is not legal in Alaska – yet. The U.S. District Court judge chose not to make a decision Friday after hearing oral arguments from both the State and a group of couples who are fighting the marriage ban.

Elections Chief: Parties Say What They Want in Voter Pamphlet

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC

The Division of Elections voter pamphlet is arriving in mailboxes across the state. Way in the back is a page that caught some voters by surprise. It’s a negative ad against Sen. Mark Begich. The ad itself is standard fare in this election.

Begich Campaign Believes Race Comes Down To Rural Alaska

Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel

Just weeks before voters decide the future make up of the U.S. Senate, Bethel residents heard what might be the start of the final push by the incumbent Senator.

Legislation Planned To Strengthen Alaska’s Public Records Act

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

A vocal critic of the current administration of Alaska Governor Sean Parnell plans to introduce legislation next year to strengthen the Alaska Public Records Act.

Upper Valley Residents Remember Barbara Washburn

Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna

Recently, Barbara Washburn passed away at the age of 99.  She was the first woman to set foot on the summit of Denali, but her legacy in the Talkeetna area has as much to do with who she was as what she did.

AK: Bodybuilding

Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage

The sport is usually associated with steroids, spray tans, and bizarrely bulging muscles. But for some competitors in Alaska, drug-free body building isn’t about vanity, it’s about therapy. After 24 years as an army ranger and a grueling tour in Afghanistan, Frank Loomis retired, joined the police, and started having a mid-life crisis. His solution? Start training with Mr. Alaska.

300 Villages: Igiugig

This week, we’re heading to Igiugig, a community of just 69 people on Lake Iliamna. Alexanna Salmon is President of Igiugig Village Council in Igiugig.