Alaska News Nightly: March 13, 2013

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Latest Oil Tax Bill Expected To Cost State Over $1 Billion

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

The latest rewrite of a bill cutting taxes on oil companies is expected to cost the state more than $1 billion next year. That is more than any version that’s been introduced so far.

Magnuson Stevens Act Up For Reauthorization

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The Magnuson Stevens Act – the federal law that manages and regulates the nation’s fisheries – will expire Sept. 30.

Today, a U.S. House committee formally started the reauthorization process. Changes could be on the horizon for how the government monitors fisheries.

Treadwell Announces Arctic Marine Shipping Study

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC & Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska

Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell announced yesterday a $200,000 multi year study of Arctic marine shipping. He told a meeting of the Arctic Parliamentarians in Washington, D.C. the project will be conducted by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The state Department of Commerce will pay for the research.

Mitch Seavey Wins The 2013 Iditarod

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

More than 20 Iditarod teams have crossed under Nome’s burled arch.  This year’s was one of the most competitive and closest races in Iditarod history.  KUAC’s Emily Schwing caught up with this year’s top three finishers and has this story.

Tanana Chiefs Conference Convention In Fairbanks

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Tanana Chiefs Conference annual convention is happening in Fairbanks this week. Tuesday, delegates heard from four Interior men, the organization believes were wrongly convicted of murder.  The men known as “The Fairbanks 4”: George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent are serving long prison sentences for the 1997 beating death of teenager John Hartman in downtown Fairbanks. It’s a case that’s long drawn questions.

State Senate Passes Bill Financing LNG Trucking Between North Slope, LNG

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Alaska Senate has unanimously passed a bill that sets up financing for a North Slope to Fairbanks natural gas trucking project.  Senate Bill 23 authorizes the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to provide financing to private industry.  The legislation includes a 50 million dollar grant, 30 million in tax credits and more than 275 million in loans and bonds.  The goal of the gas trucking project is to reduce the cost of energy in Fairbanks by 50 percent when compared to fuel oil, and get cheaper propane to remote areas.

Anchorage Bars To Stay Open Until 4am

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The Anchorage Assembly has passed an ordinance allowing Anchorage bars to stay open an hour later. But they won’t be able to serve alcohol that extra hour. The ordinance is aimed at reducing problems downtown at closing time.

Dillingham Couple Builds World’s Most Air-Tight Home

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

A Dillingham couple has set the record for having built the world’s most air tight house. Earlier this week, Tom Marsik and Kristin Donaldson received certification that their house goes on the books as the tightest on the planet.

Alaskans Mourn Passing Of Ginny Wood

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Alaskans and conservationists worldwide are mourning the passing of Ginny Wood, who died Friday at age 95. A memorial service will be held early next month for the Alaskan pioneer, aviator, world traveler and environmentalist.