Alaska News Nightly: January 9, 2013

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Parnell Administration To Introduce New Oil Tax Reform Legislation

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Parnell administration is poised to introduce oil tax reform legislation again. Previous attempts have failed to gain enough support to pass the state legislature. The new bill was previewed for the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Tuesday. It incorporates some ideas raised in recent year’s discussions.

Alaska Democrats Introduce Bills Addressing Oil Tax Concerns

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Democrats in the Legislature’s minority haven’t offered a counter proposal, but they have introduced some bills that handle some of their concerns about oil tax reform in a piecemeal fashion.

Congress Fails To Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Congress failed to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act last year. It’s unclear when – and if – the new, Congress will pick the measure up.

Service providers in Alaska are worried about future funding without a reauthorization.

Redistricting Board Wants High Court To Reconsider

The Associated Press

The Alaska Redistricting Board wants the state’s highest court to reconsider its decision requiring Alaska’s political boundaries be redrawn.

State Bond Rating Upgraded To Triple A

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

Alaska bond rating has been upgraded to triple A by Fitch Ratings. Triple A is the highest rating available.

Klukwan Native Corporation Closes Haines Office

Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – Haines

The office of the local native corporation in the Haines area has shut its doors and all the shareholder records have been moved to Anchorage with the new President and CEO. Klukwan, Inc. filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in August to settle a $7 million debt with an insurance company. A recent lawsuit settlement also changed the leadership in the corporation.

Officials Take Victories, Lessons From Tsunami Evacuation

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

Fire Department officials in Sitka briefed Assembly members last night on the Saturday morning evacuation that followed a 7.5 earthquake.

Alyeska Tram Will Be Sidelined Until February

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

The Tram at Alyeska Ski resort won’t be running again for at least another month. One of the tram cars was damaged in an accident on New Year’s Eve when a wind gust blew it into the tram tower. One guest suffered a minor injury in the incident.

K300 Looks For Volunteers To Help With Large Field

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel

The K300 Sled Dog Race starts in Bethel on Jan. 18 and preparations are in full swing. Twenty-eight teams are signed up to compete, the largest field in about 15 years.

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