Alaska News Nightly: November 6, 2013

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Measure To Combat Sexual Assault Would Limit Military Commanders’ Power

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC

A group of U.S. senators, including Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, are pressing to strip military commanders of the authority to decide how to handle accusations of rape within their units.

Initiative To Ban Cook Inlet Set Netting Could Be On 2016 Ballot

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Between oil taxes, marijuana regulation, mining, and the minimum wage, there’s a number of ballot issues that Alaskans will have to decide on next summer. But a group of sport fisherman and guides is already looking toward 2016. They’ve introduced an initiative that would ban commercial set-net operations in the state’s urban areas, including Cook Inlet.

Fairbanksan Carries Olympic Torch At The North Pole

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A University of Alaska Fairbanks administrator has returned from a trip to the North Pole. The journey was sponsored by organizers of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Education Funding Lawsuit: What If Ketchikan Wins?

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly is moving forward with a lawsuit against the State of Alaska. It’s an effort to overturn what some local officials say is an unfair mandate requiring municipalities to fund a minimum level for local schools. The borough says that’s unfair because many communities don’t have that same requirement.

What will be the Legislature’s response if Ketchikan wins its argument?

Tlingit Clan Conference Focuses On Language

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Scholars and culture-bearers are gathering in Juneau this week for a clan conference focusing on Tlingit knowledge and traditions. It runs tonight through Sunday morning at the capital city’s Centennial Hall.

Sitka’s New Bear Cub Settles In

Rachel Waldholz, KCAW – Sitka

An orphaned black bear cub who recently became famous in the virtual world is settling into her new home in the real world. Over 300,000 people viewed Smokey’s story on Facebook when she was captured last month in Seward. Now, a bear habitat in Sitka is writing her next chapter.

Shrine Celebrates 75 Years Of Retreats And Reflection

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

The Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau kicked off its year-long 75th anniversary celebration on Saturday.

The Shrine was originally built as a place to inspire devotion to God. At the time, there were no other spiritual retreat houses in Alaska.

And throughout its 75-year life, the Shrine has welcomed people of all beliefs.

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