Alaska News Nightly: November 21, 2012

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Final HD 34 Ballots In: JKT 4,123; Thomas 4,091

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins appears to have won a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives. The Sitka Democrat remained ahead of Haines Republican incumbent Rep. Bill Thomas after the final absentee ballots were counted today.

French Keeps Senate Seat In Close Race

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

In another close race, Democrat Hollis French has retained his state senate seat by just 54 votes. French’s race against Republican businessmen Bob Bell for a seat that represents South and West Anchorage attracted the most campaign spending this election in Alaska. French says he always knew the race would be close, but he didn’t know just how close.

Oil Tax Reform May Play Big Role In National Debt Discussions

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

It’s been a slow week on Capitol Hill with lawmakers out for Thanksgiving. But talks are ongoing between Congressional leaders and the White House about working to stave off the fiscal cliff and establishing the frame work for a deficit reduction package. Tax reform could play a significant part of the debt package, and the oil and gas industry is making sure it keeps its tax breaks.

Company Pushes For Rail Link To Export Oil Sands

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A Canadian company is pushing a rail link from Alberta to Delta Junction.  Vancouver based Generating for 7 Generations or “G-7-G” wants to build the 1,600 mile railroad to export oil sands through the Trans Alaska Pipeline.

State Labor Department Official David Stone Dies Unexpectedly

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Alaska Department of Labor Deputy Commissioner and former Juneau Assembly member David Stone is being remembered as a dedicated public servant, a mining historian, and a family man.

Stone died unexpectedly Tuesday night after collapsing at home. He was 55 years old.

Thanksgiving Wednesday Is Busiest At Fairbanks Foodbank

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Fairbanks Community Foodbank served 46,000 residents last year. Half of them were children. This year, there’s no telling where those numbers will shake out. Wednesday is the busiest day of the year for staff and volunteers, who plan to fill at least 2,200 boxes with Thanksgiving food for families across the Tanana Valley.

Leone Part 3: ‘Come Back Right Now’

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

When his Coast Guard helicopter crashed in 2010 on its way back to Sitka, Lieutenant Lance Leone, the co-pilot, was the only member of the four-person crew to survive.

This week we’ve been bringing you a three part interview with Leone. On Monday he talked about the moments leading up to the accident. Yesterday, he described the crash itself. Today, he talks with KCAW’s Ed Ronco about the aftermath of the crash when the coast guard charged him with negligent homicide.