Alaska News Nightly: December 13, 2012

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Senate Considers Disaster Bill That Includes Alaska Aid

The Senate is green lighting a disaster relief bill to the floor. It could come up for a vote as early as Monday. It has two key provisions for Alaska – federal aid for the fishery disaster and money for marine debris research and clean up.

Alaska Remains #1 Chlamydia State

Alaska still ranks number 1 in the country for Chlamydia according to a report released today (12/13) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. KSKA’s Daysha Eaton has more.

Bethel Approves Tobacco Tax

Soon it will be more expensive to be a tobacco user in Bethel. At the last regular meeting the Bethel City Council passed an ordinance that will increase taxes on all tobacco products sold in the city.

Legislature Loses Alaska Native Representation

Southeast lost both its Tlingit lawmakers during this year’s legislative elections. It’s the first time in at least two decades that the region has been without Native representation.

Anchorage Prepares For USS Anchorage Commissioning

For the second time, the U.S. Navy is honoring the city of Anchorage by naming a new amphibious ship after Alaska’s largest city. The U.S.S Anchorage will be commissioned at the Port of Anchorage in May and kicks off the city’s Centennial Celebration.

Juneau Man Arrested For Failing To Pay Child Support

Ten thousand dollars cash bail has been set for the manager of a Southeast newspaper arrested as a fugitive from justice.

Trucks Hauling Massive Girders For Bridge Project Likely To Cause Traffic Delays

A Fairbanks-based trucking company is hauling in massive girders for the new Alaska railroad bridge across the Tanana River at Salcha.

Hemlock Trees Show Sawfly Infestation Damage

Boaters may have noticed gray, dead-looking trees on islands north of Ketchikan. Like other parts of Southeast Alaska in recent years, Western hemlock trees on those islands are suffering a sawfly infestation. But U.S. Forest Service officials say it’s normal, and not a cause for concern.

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