Alaska News Nightly: April 23, 2009

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TransCanada Requests Status with Federal Energy Commission
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
TransCanada today (Thursday) took the formal step of requesting status with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — or FERC.

Democrats in Congress Push to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Democrats in Congress continued their push today (Thurs) ofan energy bill that would cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and develop renewable energy.

Indigenous Groups Poised to Release Plan on Climate Change
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Indigenous People’s Global summit on Climate Change continued today in Anchorage as the group moves toward tomorrow’s release of a declaration and action plan.

Mat-Su Wondering about Stimulus Money for Alaska
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
There’s more questions than answers about the stimulus money that may or may not come Alaska’s way.

Southeast Alaska May Have Seen Economy Improve Last Year
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
With some notable exceptions, the overall economy of Southeast Alaska may have improved in the last year.

Fire Breaks Out in Alaska Marine Lines Office Trailer
Rebecca Sheir, KTOO -Juneau
A fire broke out yesterday (Wednesday) in the Alaska Marine Lines office trailer in Kake.

Anchorage to Use Stimulus Money to Reduce Energy Costs
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
In Anchorage, Acting Mayor Matt Claman commemorated Earth Day by announcing the municipality would use a federal stimulus grant to reduce the city’s energy costs.

Wildfire Season Could be Slow this Summer
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Alaska’s wildfire season is expected to be slow this summer.

Kenai Assembly Gives Itself More Authority Over Borough Attorney
Casey Kelly, KBBI – Homer.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has given itself more authority over the hiring and firing of the borough attorney.