Alaska News Nightly: October 30, 2013

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FCC Approves GCI’s Purchase Of 3 TV Stations

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

The Federal Communications Commission has approved GCI’s purchase of Anchorage television station KTVA. The approval was made public Wednesday.

International Delta Flight Diverts To Cold Bay

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

A Delta flight traveling from Tokyo to San Francisco made an emergency stop in the remote community of Cold Bay on Wednesday.

ASD Graduates More Students, Bartlett High Leads Way

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The Anchorage School District has long been struggling to get more students to graduate from high school, with only slight improvement. Last year, the rate of students graduating jumped three and half percent for ASD. Bartlett High School is leading the way.

Alaska National Guard Responds To Sexual Assault Allegations

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The Alaska National Guard is responding to allegations of sexual assault within its ranks. Brigadier General Mike Bridges, the Commander of the Alaska National Guard says there have been more than two dozen alleged cases of sexual assault since 2009.

Begich Pushes For Extension For Health Care Sign Up Period

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC

U.S. Senator Mark Begich says he still supports the Affordable Care Act but he recently joined nine other Senate Democrats in asking the Obama administration to extend the sign-up period.

Unseasonably Warm, Dry Weather Rekindles Delta Junction-Area Fire

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Unseasonable weather has re-ignited a wildfire near Delta Junction. BLM Alaska Fire Service manager Kent Slaughter says the Mississippi Fire re-kindled Monday due to 60 degree temperatures and warm dry Chinook winds.

K-Beach Flooding Declared A Disaster

Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai

Residents near K-Beach Road in Kenai and across the Peninsula might finally have some relief as they continue to battle surface and groundwater flooding. Borough Mayor Mike Navarre issued a local disaster emergency declaration Tuesday.

Alaska Robotics Hopes To Satirize 2014 Legislative Season

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

Juneau-based filmmaker and illustrator Pat Race wants to create a satirical news show documenting the 2014 Alaska Legislature, and he hopes crowdsourcing will make it happen.

Longtime Pen Pals Meet In Eek

Ben Matheson, KNOM – Nome

Students in the community of Eek are putting their heads together to solve problems in outer space. Citizens in a theoretical settlement need help with things like transportation, food production, and energy.  And they’re in luck-Eek’s students know a thing or two about life in remote locations.