Alaska News Nightly: June 5, 2012

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Shaeffer Cox Takes The Stand In Militia Trial

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

The federal trial for the founder of the Peacemaker’s militia, Francis Schaffer Cox and two militia members Coleman Barney and Lonnie Vernon continued in Anchorage today. Kyle Hopkins is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News and is covering the trial. He says the defense brought Cox to the stand yesterday and today – working to portray him as someone concerned about citizen and family safety, not a violent threat to law enforcement.

New DNA Test Could Represent a ‘Revolution’ for Colon Cancer

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Colon Cancer is the second deadliest cancer for men and women in the U-S, behind lung cancer. And Alaska Natives suffer from especially high rates of the disease. Now, a new colon cancer screening test is in the final stages of the FDA approval process. It was developed by a Mayo Clinic doctor who visited rural Alaska and saw the problem first hand.

Bristol Bay Watershed Draft Assessment Hearing Draws Nearly 900 People

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

It was standing room only at the Wendy Williamson auditorium where nearly 900 people showed up for a presentation and public comment on the EPA’s draft assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed.

FERC Concerns Slow Dam Project

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A proposed hydroelectric project in Southcentral Alaska has drawn of comments from concerned Alaskans. The Susitna Watana dam is expected to provide Railbelt energy needs for a hundred years, but at what cost?

Letter of Intent Moves UAA, Seattle University School of Law Partnership Forward

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

A letter of intent recently signed by UAA and the Seattle University School of Law moves Alaskans one step closer to a new law program. The move is to expand a decade-long partnership already existing between the two universities called the “Summer Law in Alaska” program.

Hundreds of Anchorage Residents Line Up To View Venus Transit

Wendi Jonassen, APRN – Anchorage

For the second time this century, Venus is making its way across the sun. Alaska and Hawaii are among the best spots to view the transit in the world. And in Anchorage, hundreds of people are lining up behind telescopes to see it, including an astronomer at the University of Alaska.

Venus Transit Draws Big Crowd In Fairbanks

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Hundreds of people also turned out in Fairbanks to witness the Venus transit outside the Noel Wien public library.

Holland America Cruise Lines Eliminating Three Alaska Stops

Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer

The cruise ship M/S Amsterdam is set to make the first of seven visits to Homer this weekend. But as KBBI’s Aaron Selbig reports, Holland America cruise lines – has decided the ship will not be visiting Homer, Kodiak or Anchorage after this year.