Alaska News Nightly: October 17, 2013

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Democrats Get Early Start On Run For US House Race

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

With the control of Congress in balance, the Alaska Senate race is expected to be one of the more high profile races in the country. The Republican National Committee has gotten involved, and veterans of the Romney and McCain presidential campaigns are already working to unseat Democrat Mark Begich. But what about the House race? The odds may be long, but APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that two Democrats are already competing for the chance to take on Don Young.

Housing Research Center Project To Test System That Heats Without Fossil Fuels

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks moved ahead Wednesday on a project that will demonstrate how solar energy can be collected year-round and used to heat a commercial building without fossil fuels, like heating oil. The project is being funded by one of the world’s biggest fossil-fuel companies.

Great Alaska ShakeOut Promotes Earthquake Preparedness

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Nearly 50,000 Alaskans registered for an earthquake preparedness event today called the Great Alaska ShakeOut. The state’s spokesman for the division of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Jeremy Zidek says it’s good that a large number of Alaskans registered to practice the drill.

Proposed Air Regs Draw Crowd

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

There was a big turnout in North Pole last night for a Department of Environmental Conservation open house on proposed fine particulate pollution regulations. Opinions are mixed on whether they do too much, or not enough.

Juneau Assembly Unanimously Confirms Support For Project Labor Agreements

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

The Juneau Assembly wants the city’s Docks and Harbors Department to reconsider its decision not to use a Project Labor Agreement for a major rebuild of the city’s downtown cruise ship docks scheduled to get underway next year.

Half Of Ketchikan Women Experience Violence

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

A survey taken this year of randomly selected Ketchikan women shows that half of the community’s adult female population has experienced violence from a partner or sexual assault in their lifetime. The survey results were released during a public event Tuesday night in Ketchikan.

APU Hosts Alaska’s First Women’s Summit

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

The state’s first Women’s Summit started in Anchorage on Thursday at Alaska Pacific University. The two-day event is directed at examining strategies to improve the lives of Alaska’s women. Invited speakers include First Lady Sandy Parnell, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and business leaders.