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KNBA News - Legislators consider buying out LNG gasline partner

Oct. 29, 2015

Buyout of LNG pipeline partner getting close look by Legislators

Lawmakers are in special session to decide whether to take a larger stake in the Alaska Liquified Natural Gas-line Project by buying out TransCanada, one of hte state's partners. The buyout is a high priority of Gov. Bill Walker, who says it would give the state a larger say. TransCanada testified in favor of the buyout, saying the interests of the two partners have diverged. The buyout would put the state on the hook for as much as $7 billion more to build the pipeline, if it goes forward.

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Sitka police believe they have caught the culprits behind a series of vandalisms in a 200-year-old Russian Orthodox and Alaska Native cemetery -- a small group of juveniles between the ages of 10 and 12. The case will go to the state's juvenile justice system. The vandalism occurred in three separate incidents in the past several weeks. The youth permanently damaged a dozen headstones, some of which weighed more than 400 pounds. Night-vision cameras have been installed to catch any copycat behavior. 

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A biennial clan conference, "Sharing Our Knowledge,"  gets underway in Juneau today [Thursday]. The three days will be filled with discussions of topics such as art, ecology, and the history of the Tlingit people, as well as exhibits and an opportunity for people to record their own stories. The theme is "Our Names, Our Strength."