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Alaska / Bridge to Nowhere / Whales #840878

CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 18, 2006
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) The pork barrel funding of a project to build a bridge to a sparsely populated island in Alaska recalled.

(Anchorage, Alaska: Jerry Bowen) The status of the “bridge to nowhere” project reviewed; map shown of the proposed Knik Arm Bridge connecting Anchorage to Point MacKenzie†; details given of concern that building the bridge will destroy the habitat of beluga whales. [In October, 2005, Senator Ted STEVENS†- objects to using the money to rebuild bridges damaged by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.] [Wildlife author Nancy LORD†- says it’s a nursery area.] [Cook Inletkeeper senior engineer Lois EPSTEIN†- says the bridge could put the whales into extinction.] [Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority Darryl JORDAN†- comments.]

Schieffer, Bob;
Bowen, Jerry

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