Alaska News Nightly Friday August 21 2015

first_img359 years for man convicted of double-homicide, sexual assault of a 2-year-oldAssociated PressA man has been sentenced to 359 years in jail for the beating deaths of an elderly couple and the sexual assault of a 2-year-old child in Anchorage.Potentially exonerating info leaked in Fairbanks Four caseDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksStatements undermining murder convictions of the so called “Fairbanks Four” were briefly published in an on line Fairbanks Daily Newsminer article.  The web story, which was quickly taken down by the paper today, shares leaked court documents outlining long sealed statements about the 1997 murder of John Hartman.A year after Roxanne Smart was killed, Chevak still waits for justiceDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelThe community of Chevak, in Southwest Alaska, has been breathing a collective sigh of relief after the arrest of a man in July for the murder of Roxanne Smart.Search teams race to find 3rd victim before storm sets inRachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaSearch teams in Sitka are racing the clock Friday afternoon, as they work to find the third victim of Tuesday’s landslide before a new storm arrives tonight.Murkowski hears testimony on the state’s growing prison populationJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageAlaska has already outgrown the $250-million Goose Creek Correctional Center that opened in 2012. People testifying during a field hearing in Anchorage for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Thursday said it’d be smarter to put some of the money that goes into building and maintaining prisons toward keeping people out of them.DNR vets competing water applications in Chuitna coal proposalEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe state Department of Natural Resources held a public hearing in Anchorage today [Friday] to get additional comments on pending applications for water rights to a tributary of the Chuitna River.AK: Saving a life by leaving it behindLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauIt’s been a year since Juneau resident Jennifer Fletcher started to publicly present herself as a woman, less than two years since she first started to shed her male identity and rebuild herself as female. But the inner journey to get to that point started long before then.49 Voices: Gary Hanchett of BettlesMonica Gokey, KSKA – AnchorageGary Hanchett is a do-everything kind of Alaskan — he is the vice mayor of Bettles, the backup postmaster, election chair, tour guide and trapper. He tells us about some of the more notorious residents of Bettles — the mosquitoes. 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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