Alaska News Nightly Wednesday August 26 2015

first_imgWith VA problems clear, Sullivan summons officials for solutionsZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageSenator Dan Sullivan held a field hearing in Eagle River yesterday focused on healthcare for veterans in Alaska. It was an effort, he told the modest crowd, to bring D.C. to Alaska.GOP candidate Rand Paul drums up support in AlaskaRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksRepublican presidential candidate Rand Paul spoke in Anchorage and Fairbanks Tuesday, kicking off a swing through western states for the Kentucky conservative.YWCA races to close the gender pay gap in AlaskaAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe YWCA Alaska is one year into their initiative to eliminate the gender pay gap in the state by 2025.Final Sitka landslide victim recoveredRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaSearch crews have recovered the final victim of the August 18 Sitka landslide. The body of 62-year-old William Stortz was found Tuesday afternoonSpeaking at Assembly, officials say: ‘Thank you, Sitka’Rachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaAt the first meeting of the Sitka Assembly since last week’s landslides, city officials spoke emotionally about the loss of three local men — and said they had been overwhelmed by the response of city staff, volunteers, and ordinary citizens.Bethel preschool re-opens after a monumental cleanup effortBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelThe Bethel M.E. preschool is 95 percent back to normal after a week of cleaning up after vandals ransacked the school, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.Juneau protest looks to give BC mines a classic Alaska ‘boot’Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauXtratuf boots are ubiquitous in Southeast Alaska and often associated with fishing. On Wednesday, about a hundred pairs of the brown rubber boots along with photos of Alaskans were on the steps of the Capitol building to protest mines in British Columbia.Hoonah hyrdo project cuts energy bills for local businessesElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauAlaska’s newest hydro power project has been generating electricity since the beginning of August, but it only recently had its ribbon cutting ceremony. The city of Hoonah is cutting diesel consumption by about a third which could help the local economy.Voices From Nome’s Dream TheaterKristin Leffler, KNOM – NomeBack in 1944, an Alaska Native 15-year-old girl named Alberta Schenck stood up against the segregated seating policy at Nome’s Dream Theater. Her case, paired with Elizabeth Peratrovich’s, was instrumental in the passing of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Act in Alaska. That was 10 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, and nearly 20 years before the Civil Rights Act passed. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img

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