Kohring to Change Plea on One Count of Indictment

A former Alaska lawmaker facing retrial on federal corruption charges plans to plead guilty this week. Vic Kohring will change his plea on count one of the indictment against him, according to his lawyers. Kohring and another former lawmaker, Pete Kott, were scheduled to be retried after their earlier convictions were thrown out for prosecutorial errors. Kott last week signaled his intent to plead guilty as well in his case.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.