- Associated Press - Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Alaska at 10 a.m.

VETERANS-HEALTH CARE-BEGICH

JUNEAU, Alaska - US Sen. Mark Begich is scheduled to hold a news conference to address steps being taken to improve access to health care for Alaska veterans. By Becky Bohrer. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4:30 p.m.

RIVER POWER

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A Maine company has unveiled an underwater turbine that could help cut power costs in rural Alaska villages. Ocean Renewable Power Co.’s river turbine will be tested in the village of Igiugig on the Kvichak River in July. By Dan Joling. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m. AP Photos.

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OIL TAXES-NATIVE CORPORATIONS

ANCHORAGE - Six Alaska Native corporations have pledged at least $500,000 to fight efforts to repeal the state’s new oil tax structure. The coalition, “No One on One,” is joining other business-supported organizations in opposing the referendum, scheduled for the August primary ballot. Another group, the oil-industry backed “Vote No on One,” has reported raising at least $9.5 million. SENT: 365 words.

DRIVER-ASSAULT

FAIRBANKS - A Circle man with a revoked driver’s license has been charged with felony assault following a Steese Highway crash that left a passenger paralyzed. Nolan Iver Peterson, 26, also was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1mvxj7x) reported. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

- ALASKA EARTHQUAKE - Seismologists say a minor earthquake in Alaska was felt in some communities in the state’s interior.

- HELICOPTER CRASH - Anchorage police have released the name of the pilot of a helicopter that crashed at the Birchwood Airport in Chugiak.

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