Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

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State seeks to charge Bill Allen in federal sex case

Liz Ruskin, APRN
Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards says the state wants authority to pursue charges against former VECO boss Bill Allen for allegedly transporting a young woman across state lines for sex.

Alaska DOC to be reviewed by newly appointed Commissioner

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
All prison programs in Alaska’s correctional institutions will be reviewed, according to newly appointed Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams.
Williams is also the co-author of an administrative report released last year that detailed deficiencies in the current system.

Public testimony: Keep state hands off of dividends

Andrew Kitchenman, APRN & KTOO – Juneau
Alaskans don’t want to see large cuts to their annual Permanent Fund dividends. At least, that was the message most people delivered Thursday night about Gov. Bill Walker’s plan for the fund.

Price tag on LIO sale: $37M

Zachariah Hughes, KSKA-Anchorage
Owners of the contentious Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage have offered to sell the building for $37 million. The developer says the deal would save the state millions over the next few years and eliminate the potential for lawsuits.

Alaska Native’s discuss what ‘Eskimo’ means to them 

Charles Enoch, KYUK – Bethel
After Alaska Airlines unveiled a new look for their airplanes and website many Alaska Natives took offense to a phrase they with their new marketing campaign. The phrase that sparked a controversy and a new round of conversations about what the word “Eskimo” means to Alaska Natives.

Slumping Canadian dollar means big loss for Haines, Skagway

Jillian Rogers, KHNS – Haines
The Canadian dollar continues to hover around $0.72 U.S. That means locals in Haines and Skagway might not see as many Yukon license plates this summer. With the lagging loonie comes the loss of Canadian business for local shops and tour operators, who are now trying to figure out how to cope.

AK: Local start-up leverages social media to bring beard oil to Alaskans

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage
Two local musicians in Anchorage are diving beards-first into the business of male grooming products. They’re going for a style reminiscent of Don Draper mixed with well-groomed mountain man. I spent an afternoon at company – or apartment kitchen – headquarters to find out a little bit more.

49 Voices: EJ David of Anchorage 

Wesley Early, APRN – Anchorage
This week we’re hearing from EJ David, a Psychology professor from UAA and keynote speaker at the First Alaskans Institute 2016 Racial Equity Summit.

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