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State witnesses take the stand in Fairbanks Four case

By Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The state has begun calling witnesses in the Fairbanks Four evidentiary hearing now in its fourth week. Witnesses so far were summoned by attorneys representing exoneration petitioners George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts, and Eugene Vent. Now the focus has shifted to witnesses offered by state lawyers trying to uphold the men’s convictions for the murder of John Hartman.

Twice as many Alaskans enrolled for health insurance as last month

The federal government said about 16 thousand Alaskans have signed up for health insurance on since open enrollment period began Nov. 15. That's about 3,000 more than signed up during the initial 6-month open enrollment period, and half of them are renewals.

Regional Health and Human Services director Susan Johnson, said 16,000 is “huge."

KYUK's Daysha Eaton reports Native American Rights Fund attorneys representing Yup'ik and Gwitchin speakers have responded to the state's plan for providing translations for elections. The state's proposed plan addresses a state Supreme Court order to improve translation of voting materials into Native languages before the Nov. 4 election. The NARF attorneys asked that the state have: 

1)  Bilingual help in every community where it's needed, in advance of and on election day.

The Indian Health Service has agree to pay $153 million to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to clear up a 15-year backlog of underpayments for contract support costs, or overhead. IHS has reached similar agreements with several tribal health organizations across Alaska and the lower 48, but many more remain to be resolved.

One of two newscasts today - The Alaska Democratic Party wrapped up its statewide convention in Nome on Sunday, having endorsed incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Begich for the seat he now holds, former Juneau Mayor Byron Mallott for Governor, and Anchorage attorney Forrest Dunbar for the U.S. Congressional seat  held by Rep. Don Young.

A tribal health organization in southeast Alaska is encouraging members to sign up for health insurance.