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8:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

8/12/14 KNBA News - Republican Mead Treadwell denies ad claims about privacy-eroding technology

7:30 a.m. Newscast: A negative ad focusing on U.S. Senate Republican candidate Mead Treadwell says technology companies he founded are helping the government erode privacy. As APRN's Liz Ruskin reports, Treadwell calls the claim absurd.

A political action committee formed by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last month provided the sole funding for a super PAC supporting Democratic Sen. Mark Begich. Put Alaska First reported nearly $670,000 in contributions  from the Senate majority PAC in July.

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7:13 am
Mon August 11, 2014

8/11/14 KNBA News - British Columbia officials, critics dispute spilled tailings pond waters

British Columbia Environment Ministry officials say water that poured out of a massive mine-tailings pond last week appears to be safe, and won't harm the Fraser River salmon run just getting underway. The Ministry says early tests showed levels of dissolved metals and acid are within government standards. But they also say more tests are needed; the tests could not measure all dissolved metals. The escaped wastewater and silt could fill almost 6,000 Olympic-size swimming pools, almost three times an earlier estimate. Critics say provincial water-quality standards are too weak.

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6:41 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

8/7/14 - Shrinking king salmon returns in Cook Inlet prompt legal battles

The state of Alaska is appealing an Anchorage Superior Court ruling allowing a ban on commercial setnet fishing in Cook Inlet to go forward.

Construction of the railroad link between the city of Houston and Port MacKenzie is over budget and way behind schedule. Matanuska Susitna Borough officials blame timing of state funding, and litigation for the delays.

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6:34 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

8/6/14 KNBA News - A Canadian tailings dam break prompts fears pollution will reach Alaskan waters

CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld reports a tailings dam break at a British Columbia copper and gold mine could threaten Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries, according to critics who say similar dams closer to the border could suffer the same fate, polluting Alaskan waters.

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $888,000 to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for research on climate change and contaminant shifts, and effects on human health in rural communities. The grant is one of six given out nationwide. The study will focus on traditional foods.

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7:12 am
Mon August 4, 2014

8/4/14 KNBA News - Absentee voting opens today for controversial oil, gas production tax

Absentee voting opens today for the Aug. 19  primary when voters will decide whether to accept or reject an oil and gas production tax, Senate Bill 21, adopted by the state Legislature during the 2013 session. They'll also pick the political party candidates who will move on to the general election for various offices: U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Governor, Lt. Governor, and state Legislature.

Gov. Sean Parnell signed legislation making Nov. 14 Dr. Walter Soboleff Day, honoring the late Tlingit elder.

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