Alaska News Nightly: October 13, 2014

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Same-Sex Couples Apply For Marriage Licenses, State Asks For A Stay

Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage

After a federal judge decided Sunday that Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The State of Alaska started accepting applications for gay marriages this morning, but the state’s Attorney General is asking for a stay on that legal decision, which would put a hold on actually issuing any licenses.

Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Following a federal court decision overturning Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage, the major candidates for governor are sparring over the appropriate response.

Bureau of Vital Statistics Prepares New Marriage License Documents

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

With same-sex couples applying for marriage licenses across the state, the office that processes those documents made sure new applications were ready to go Monday morning.

Report Details Rural Health Care Challenges

The Associated Press

A new report details the challenges involved in providing health care to rural communities in Alaska.

Groups Push To Mobilize Alaska Native Voters

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Over the last few months, the non-partisan ‘Get Out the Native Vote’ has made a big push to mobilize native voters across the Alaska.  Roughly one in five potential voters in the state is Alaska Native. A number of native organizations have signed on to help with the movement.

Protesters Block Access To BC Mine As It Nears Completion

Katarina Sostaric, KSTK – Wrangell

A nearly-completed British Columbia mine in the Stikine River watershed is expected to begin full production at the end of this month. Meanwhile, protesters blocking access to the controversial Red Chris mine may be forced out Tuesday.

Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off Over Medicaid Expansion

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

When Alaskans vote for governor on Nov. 4, they’ll also be deciding the fate of Medicaid expansion in the state. Incumbent Governor Sean Parnell has said he won’t expand the federal health insurance program under the Affordable Care Act. But his opponent, Independent candidate Bill Walker says if elected, he will immediately accept the federal money.

Sen. Murkowski, Julie Fate Sullivan Bring Senate Campaign To Bethel
Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel

Just weeks before the November election, the Sullivan campaign has come to Bethel.

Judge Sides With Anchorage In Ride-Sharing Lawsuit

The Associated PRess

A state court judge says ride-sharing company Uber cannot offer transportation for hire in Alaska’s largest city unless it complies with a local ordinance.

Leaders Gather In Bethel To Discuss Rural, State, Federal Issues

Daysha Eaton, KYUK – Bethel

Leaders from around the state gathered in Bethel last week for the 50th Annual Association of Village Council Presidents Convention.