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AK: Welding

(Photo by Emily Files, KRBD - Ketchikan)

There are more than 100 people employed at Ketchikan’s Vigor Industrial Shipyard. Out of all of them, Cat Wong might have the most unusual story about how she got there. The 25-year-old is a pipe fitter and welder. She was born in the U.S., but grew up with her family in Singapore. When she was 21, Cat made an unusual choice, and moved to Ketchikan.

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Charles Enoch, KYUK - Bethel

VA, Metlakatla Tribe Reach Housing Agreement

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Earthquake Rattles Southeast Alaska, Likely Damaging Communications Network

Mother Nature rattled Northern Southeast this morning with and magnitude 5.9 earthquake and several dozen aftershocks. The quake appeared to have damaged internet and cell service to thousands of Southeast residents.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

State Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Partners Can Access Death Benefits

The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex partners are eligible for death benefits, even though they are prohibited from marrying by the state Constitution.

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Comments Sought on Possible Beaufort Lease Sale

A federal agency is testing the waters on a possible new lease sale in the Alaska Arctic.

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Report Finds Beaufort Sea Oil Spill Response Inadequate

A report released today by the World Wildlife Fund in Canada finds the capacity for oil spill response in the Beaufort Sea is woefully inadequate, even as Canadian regulators consider relaxing safety standards for offshore exploration.

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Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Officials Consider Proposed Federal Takeover of Kuskokwim Salmon Fishery

After a summer of long Chinook salmon closures and a weak chum run on the Kuskokwim river, middle and upper river subsistence fishermen eagerly await word about whether the federal government will take control of the fishery.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Usibelli Submits Coal Bed Methane Plan

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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

“State of the Schools” shows progress for Anchorage students and need for innovation

Graff introduces members of the Class of 2027 during the State of the Schools speech.

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Earthquake Felt in Southeast Alaska, No Tsunami Expected

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Fecal Bacteria Contaminates Many Anchorage Waterways

Test results from samples at Cuddy Park pond. The blue dots are E. coli (photo courtesy of Anchorage Waterways Council)

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

Complaint Filed Against Anti-Marijuana Campaign

At issue is whether the owners of the anti-marijuana group’s public relations firm are serving in volunteer capacity and whether the firm’s time is being properly accounted.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN

In U.S. Senate Race, GOP Rivals Lag Far Behind Sullivan

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

Oil Tax Heavyweights Spar At Packed Debate

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Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai

Effort to Ban Commercial Set Netting Moves Forward

The push to ban commercial set netting moved another step forward this week. A Superior Court Judge in Anchorage ruled yesterday that the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance can begin collecting signatures for a ballot initiative, so voters can decide about the value of commercial set net fishing in Cook Inlet.

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Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS - Haines

Investigation Continues Into Tourist Train Derailment

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Primary Election: Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Miller

It will soon be decision time for Alaska voters on which of three Republican should face incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Begich in November. The statewide public radio forum, Talk of Alaska has offered each of the three an hour-long live opportunity to answer phone calls from public radio listeners statewide. Mead Treadwell and Dan Sullivan have had their turn, and next up is Joe Miller.

APRN: Tuesday, 7/29 at 10:00am

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AK: Welding

There are more than 100 people employed at Ketchikan’s Vigor Industrial Shipyard. Out of all of them, Cat Wong might have the most unusual story about how she got there. The 25-year-old is a pipe fitter and welder. She was born in the U.S., but grew up with her family in Singapore. When she was 21, Cat made an unusual choice, and moved to Ketchikan.

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300 Villages

300 Villages: Thorne Bay

This week we’re heading to Thorne Bay, on Prince of Wales Island. Rochelle Huddleston Lorton is the district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service in Thorne Bay.

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Alaska News Nightly: July 25, 2014

Earthquake Rattles Southeast Alaska, Likely Damaging Communications Network; State Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Partners Can Access Death Benefits; Complaint Filed Against Anti-Marijuana Campaign; Comments Sought on Possible Beaufort Lease Sale; Report Finds Beaufort Sea Oil Spill Response Inadequate; Officials Consider Proposed Federal Takeover of Kuskokwim Salmon Fishery; Usibelli Submits Coal Bed Methane Plan; AK: Welding; 300 Villages: Thorne Bay

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