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Thursday,  March 21, 2002
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Bears win opening state tourney contest
The Juneau Douglas High School Crimson Bears' men's squad won their opening game at the state tournament in Anchorage this morning by defeating Colony 51 to 38.

The game was a lot closer than the final score would indicate. As a matter of fact, Colony was ahead in the third quarter and only down by six points with just over two minutes left to play.

Coach George Houston credited Brian Hamey's two, three pointers off the bench to help ice the win.

The men play again at nine tomorrow evening. That game will be heard on KINY. The women open play this evening.

Gold Medal tips off this weekend
The 56th annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament tips off Sunday morning.

Members of the Juneau Lions Club, which has sponsored the event since 1947, were guests on KINY's Capital Chat this morning.

There are 32 teams in five brackets. One of those brackets, the Youth Bracket, is new this year, according to the club's Sasha Soboleff.  He says that bracket involves six teams from around the region.

Action tips off Sunday morning at ten. KINY will air all eight games that day and selected contests through the week until the tourney wraps up a week from Saturday.

Duke plays today
The Duke Blue Devils led by Juneau's Carlos Boozer and the Indiana Hoosiers are featured in the Sweet 16 portion of the NCAA tournament today. Game time on KINY this afternoon is at 3:30.

House budget writers hearing about revenue ideas
The House Finance Committee is taking public testimony today on any and all ways to raise state revenues to address the billion dollar fiscal gap.

The committee started its meeting by hearing from sponsors of various bills aimed at doing that.

One is a $100 education or employment tax offered by Kodiak Representative Gary Stevens. He says it would raise about $38 Million and should be considered a part of any long term fiscal plan.

Fairbanks Representative Jim Whitaker presented his bill approved earlier this week by the House State Affairs Committee that uses $200 Million each year from the earnings reserve account of the Permanent Fund.

Whitaker fully expects the bill to be amended in Finance which was confirmed by committee member Bill Hudson. Hudson did not disclose the nature of his amendment today.

Fairbanks Representative John Davies presented his idea for increasing the state's motor fuel tax by a dime to 18 cents. His legislation suggests that the funding raised by hike be earmarked for road repairs.

Davies' bill was scheduled for a hearing in the House Transportation Committee this afternoon. The Finance Committee will deliberate on all those measures starting tomorrow.

Assembly gets school district budget request
A budget plan for the Juneau School District is on it's way to the Assembly. The School Board, on Tuesday, unanimously approved the plan for fiscal years' 2003 and 2004. The plan requests about $38.8 Million for F-Y '03 and about $38.3 Million for F-Y '04.

The School Board is asking the city to provide the maximum amount of local funding under the state mandated cap which is about $18 Million a year.

The budget plan also specifies ways the city can provide an additional $1.5 million over two years to cover costs not directly associated with instruction, which do not fall under the state cap.

The Assembly has until June 15th to approve the city's final budget.

Cogswell remains critical
19 year old Shannon Cogswell of Juneau remains in critical condition in a Spokane, Washington hospital at last report.

She was injured in a traffic accident Monday evening. She's expected to be at Sacred Heart Hospital for the next three weeks recovering from head injuries and burns.

Cogswell is a student at Eastern Washington University.

Native Corporations buck past trend
The head of Cook Inlet Regional Corporation says Alaska Native corporations are reversing the trend of cash flowing out of the state. CIRI  President Carl Marrs says 12 Alaska Native regional corporations plus eleven of the state's 168 village corporations paid a combined 350 million in wages in 2000 and another 64-point-5 million in dividends.

Anchorage pedestrian killed by car identified
Anchorage Police have released the identification of the woman hit by a car and killed last Friday morning as 40 year old Hannah Wesley. Department official Ron Magee says no citation has been issued or arrest made at this time as the case remains under investigation

Roof fire doused quickly
Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to a call of a house fire on Columbia Boulevard in the Valley just before six last evening. Captain Lynn Riddle of Glacier Station said it was a roof fire started by a "dirty" chimney. He said the fire was put out quickly and only minor damaged was done to the wood shingled roof.

The captain advises homeowners to make sure their chimneys are clean and that no hot ash falling from them on to their roof.

Crack down on child porn includes Alaska
The United States and ten other countries executed search warrants on people suspected of exchanging child pornography over the Internet. Search warrants were served involving eight people in seven states, including Alaska.

Fugitive from Alaska found in California after 16 years
A man who skipped out on robbery charges in Anchorage nearly 16 years ago has been caught in California. U-S Marshals arrested John Franklin Walker the Third last week at his girlfriend's apartment in San Francisco.

Suspect sought in Anchorage stabbing case
Anchorage police are looking for a man they say attacked a couple with a knife while they slept. Police have not arrested anyone in connection with the attack early yesterday morning. The couple were treated at a local hospital and released.

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