Alaska News Nightly: April 3, 2013

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Oil Tax Overhaul May Cost As Much As $5 Billion Per Year

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

The most recent version of the oil tax overhaul has a new price tag: almost $5 billion over the next six years.

Gov. Parnell Not Concerned About Oil Company Testimony On Tax Changes

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

With less than two weeks left to the regular session, legislators are focusing their attention on the budget and with getting to a vote on major bills- like oil tax reform. Governor Sean Parnell sat down with APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez to talk about what he would like to see in these final days.

He says he’s not concerned that oil tax companies have testified the latest tax reform bill doesn’t go far enough.

Begich Furloughs Staff, Will Return Fraction Of Pay

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Senator Mark Begich says everyone will need to feel the pinch of sequester, so he’s decided to return a portion of his salary to the Treasury this year.

4 Men Arrested In Connection With Sexual Assault Of Homeless Teen

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Four Anchorage area men have been arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a seventeen year old homeless girl.   Anchorage Police say the four men, ages 19-21, are alleged to have detained, abused and sexually assaulted the girl in a home in suburban Eagle River.

Anchorage Election Results Shifts Assembly Makeup

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

It was hit and miss for Assembly Candidates backed by conservative Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan in Tuesday’s Municipal Election. And the makeup of the Anchorage Assembly looks like it will be shifting.

Committee Gives Approval To Start KABATA Fund

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

The state House finance committee has given the okay to a bill – HB 23 – that would create a fund to pay for the proposed Knik Arm Bridge construction if tolls during the first decade of the bridge’s life don’t cover costs.

Tribal Management Of Fish And Game Sought At Hearing

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel

Senator Lisa Murkowski hosted a Senate hearing on subsistence in Bethel Tuesday afternoon. Over 25 people spoke and many more turned in written testimony.

Chef Merges Native Traditions With Contemporary Cuisine

Shanelle Afcan, KCAW Contributor

Rob Kinneen is a chef from Anchorage and the founder of Fresh49, an organization that raises awareness in Alaska about the benefits of using local foods.

As part of his tour through Southeast earlier this spring, Kinneen stopped in at Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe High School and taught a cooking class. Although Kinneen is a Tlingit, with roots in Petersburg, Sitka, and Metlakatla, he is a ready hand with delicacies from other regions, including muktuk sushi.

Mt. Edgecumbe junior Shanelle Afcan is involved with the Fish-to-Schools program. She attended Kinneen’s class and sent this audio postcard.