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Update News: Wednesday, August 22, 2012

In Wednesday’s News:

  • Heavy rain and lack of drinking water in Kivalina prompts disaster declaration;
  • Rain and high water threaten bridges, mining operations in other northwest communities;
  • State attorneys file to challenge “per-clearance” section of federal Voting Rights Act;
  • A federal appeals court says U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service correctly issued rules to oil companies regarding interactions with polar bears during Chukchi drilling;
  • State health officials set to visit Nome to conduct voluntary screening of gold miners for mercury exposure.