Alaska News Nightly: October 14, 2013

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Early Research On Karluk Looks Hopeful

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Karluk Manner, an apartment complex for homeless alcoholics in Anchorage, has been open nearly two years. Officials say the program is starting to make a difference. Preliminary findings by researchers at the University of Alaska seem to confirm their observations.

Shelter Says 30 Days And You’re Out…If You Don’t Follow The Rules

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

With cold temperatures right around the corner, Anchorage’s main homeless shelter is reviving a former time limit rule. After 30 days Brother Francis Shelter will make people leave for another 30 if they have not complied with shelter rules. It’s called the 30-day-in-30-day-out policy.

Craig Fleener Announces Lt. Governor Run

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Alaska’s Deputy Commissioner of Fish and Game Craig Fleener has resigned his post to run for Lieutenant governor. Independent candidate for Governor Bill Walker held a press conference Monday afternoon in Fairbanks to help Fleener launch his campaign.

Parnell Names Acting Public Safety Commissioner

The Associated Press

Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed the director of the Alaska State Troopers as acting Public Safety commissioner.

Col. Keith Mallard will take over for Joe Masters, who last month announced his resignation after five years as commissioner. Masters’ resignation was to be effective Tuesday.

According to biographical information provided by Parnell’s office, Mallard has worked for the Public Safety department for 16 years. He transferred to the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement in 2005, serving as deputy commander. A year later, he was promoted and assigned as the commander of the agency, where he served until December 2010.

Smoking Rates Decline Among Alaska Teens

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

Teen smoking has fallen significantly in the last six years. That’s the finding of a new state report. But, there’s still work to be done.

The ‘Who’ And The ‘Why’ Of The Middle School Travel Ban

Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau

Public opposition to a middle school sports travel ban adopted by the Juneau School Board last month continues to be one-sided.

Alaska Guardsmen Deploy To Guantanamo Bay

The Associated Press

About 50 Alaska Army National Guard members will deploy to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Southeast Hospitals Face Expensive Upgrades

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

Hospital facilities throughout Southeast Alaska are getting old, with many closing in on 50. Health care has changed quite a bit in the past half-century, and communities are facing expensive upgrades to keep up with those changes into the future.

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