Alaska’s congressional delegation says the U.S. Navy plans to name a new destroyer after the late former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.
The Anchorage Daily News reports that Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the news Friday.
Stevens died in a plane crash in Alaska in 2010. At the time of his death, he had been the longest continuously serving U.S. senator, with a tenure that lasted between 1968 and 2009.
Stevens was convicted in 2008 of federal charges of failing to report gifts, but the conviction was overturned after his defeat in that year’s election.
- Air traffic controllers in Yellowknife, Canada, joined in a widespread, pizza-based act of goodwill recently as the U.S. federal employees’ unpaid payday came and went.
- Alaska’s attorney general and two of the state’s congressional lawmakers are calling on a federal appeals court to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act. A U.S. district court judge struck the law down in October.
- A new Blood Bank of Alaska location celebrated its grand opening Thursday in Juneau. The region has been served by mobile blood donation facilities in the past, but this is the first permanent center in years.
- On Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service notified objectors of a proposed timber sale about a public meeting in Klawock. By Thursday, the meeting was canceled. But some groups are wondering why this work is happening now at all.