Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

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Alaskans among victims of Las Vegas shooting rampage

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

At least two Alaskans are dead, and another is wounded, after a gunman’s rampage at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. Many other residents were at the event and fled to safety, sending messages back to family late into the night and into Monday.

How Trump’s tax plan would affect Alaskans

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.

If President Trump’s tax agenda goes into effect, taxes for people of all income groups would go down next year, on average. But only a few Alaskans would get the big tax breaks.

Court backs hovercraft ban in Alaska’s national preserves

Associated Press

A federal appeals court says the National Park Service can ban hovercraft – boats propelled by noisy blowers – within national preserves in Alaska.

Painting an Oasis in prison

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Department of Corrections is the largest mental health care provider in the state, and the administrators at Spring Creek Correctional Center want to make it one of the most effective, too. They’re treating inmates who have mental illnesses with new innovations, like “porches” and paintings.

Chugach Alutiiq teachers preserve language in villages

Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak

Two remote learning students just graduated from a Kodiak College Alutiiq language program. They’re striving to keep the language alive in Port Graham and Tatitlek, two villages where Alutiiq, or Sugpiaq, people speak the regional dialect of Chugach Alutiiq.

Rep. Birch asks governor to move special session to Anchorage

Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau

An Anchorage lawmaker is requesting the Legislature’s October special session be held in Anchorage instead of Juneau.

Three IGU candidates’ top priority: speeding efforts to bring natural gas to Fairbanks

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Three candidates seeking election to an open seat on the Interior Gas Utility board all agree it’s taken far too long to bring natural gas into the Fairbanks area. All three say if elected they’d push to accelerate the IGU’s efforts to bring gas here and build a system to deliver gas to its customers.