In this email dated Oct. 17, 2013, Maj. Gen. Thomas Katkus seeks input on his response to a reporter's questions. Sean Cockerham, a D.C. based reporter for McClatchy, published a story 10 days later exposing investigations into sexual misconduct in the Alaska National Guard. (Photo by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)

Analysis of National Guard records released under Walker yields few significant findings

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One of the biggest issues of last year’s governor’s race was the state of the Alaska National Guard. Media outlets tried for months to get records on then-Gov. Sean Parnell’s response, and the struggle culminated in a lawsuit, which the state lost.

Caribou on Adak in 1985. (Credit: USFWS)

Caribou emigrate from Adak; feds struggle to stop the spread

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Every summer, a team of federal exterminators set up shop in the southwest corner of the state. Their job is to root out non-native animals that might disturb the Alaska Maritime Wildlife Refuge.

An Inter-Island Ferry Authority ship docks at the South Mitkof Ferry Terminal in 2007, when regular sailings took place. (Photo by Ryan McFarland, Flickr)

Petersburg-Coffman Cove ferry sailings canceled

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The Alaska Marine Highway System has canceled this summer’s sailings between Petersburg and northern Prince of Wales Island.

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Ketchikan moves forward with tobacco tax

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The suggested tax is $3 per pack of cigarettes, or 75 percent of the wholesale price on other tobacco products. Tobacco substitutes, including e-cigarettes, also would be taxed at a similar rate.

Kyra Brooks, 8, strokes her mother's head. After years in and out of various programs, McClellan finally received a permanent housing voucher for the apartment she and her three children live in now. That means she has to pay up to 30 percent of her income in rent, but there's no time limit, unlike in the rapid rehousing program.

For Homeless Families, Quick Exit From Shelters Is Only A Temporary Fix

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The rapid rehousing program provides the homeless with short-term rental assistance. But many recipients ultimately face the same problems as those who stay in shelters, a new government study finds.

A hiker takes on a snowy trail in the Wrangell Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest. Southeast Alaska business-owners affiliated with the visitor industry worry recreation funding is declining too quickly to maintain trails and cabins on the Tongass. (Photo by Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)

Southeast businesses request more Tongass recreation funding

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Funding for trails, cabins and wildlife-viewing sites has declined in recent years, and tour operators worry the Forest Service will not be able to maintain the attractions they depend on.

The timeline for an Airborne jump starts more than a day before the mission begins. Jump packs were laid out Sunday at JBER, well-ahead of the actual mission. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/APRN)

Paratrooper drill sets off from Alaska to Australia

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On Monday, military units stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson began a massive multinational training operation with hundreds of paratroopers are departing for Australia as part of the exercise.

The B-25 Mitchell bomber recovered in Nome in June 2015. The plane, destined for the Russia front, still bears the red star of the Soviet Air Force. Photos: Warbirds of Glory Museum.

Historic WWII bomber recovered in Nome

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A B-25 J Mitchell bomber left to rust in Nome after World War II is being stripped for parts and may one day be refurbished.

With Temsco Helicopeters, Alaska State Troopers performed an aerial search over Mt. Roberts Sunday evening. (Photo by Mikko Wilson/KTOO)

Missing hiker on Mt. Roberts trail found dead

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Five search teams went up the Mount Roberts trail and Temsco Helicopters provided an aerial search.

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Fisheries board member cited for violating fishery closure

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Frederick Johnson said he thought fishing closed at 6:30 p.m., but the actual closure happened at 6:00 p.m.

Anchorage police say human jawbone found

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Police say nothing else suspicious was found in the area. The state medical examiner’s office will try to determine a positive identification from the bone.

Man in custody after barricading self in village; 1 dead

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Troopers say the man was taken into custody in Selawik Monday afternoon. Troopers flew to the village earlier in the day after receiving a report shortly after 4:30 a.m. that a man was shooting a firearm in the village.

Troopers: 2 missing people found dead near Denali Highway

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The bodies of the pair were found inside a dilapidated trailer in the area after troopers heard noises coming from the vehicle Sunday afternoon. Troopers say there was no response when communication was attempted.

Troopers: Man barricades self in Alaska village, with 1 dead

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Four troopers flew to the community of Selawik Monday morning after receiving a report shortly after 4:30 a.m. that a man was shooting a firearm in the village.

Alaska pipeline inspected by tiny WALL-E look-alike

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It’s not just humans watching over the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline, making sure oil continues to pump along beneath the surface of the state.

Volunteers build new homes for Sockeye Fire victims

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The Willow Community Rebuild Project quickly gained 150 volunteers and raised more than $27,000 to help build new homes.

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The Confederate battle flag flies at the South Carolina State House in Columbia late last month. The state's Senate voted Monday to remove the flag; after one more vote on the bill, it will head to the House.

S.C. Senate Takes A Strong Step Toward Removing Confederate Flag

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The state’s Senate will need to approve the bill one more time before it can go on to the House. Monday’s tally was 37-3; a final vote will be held Tuesday.

Most of the people who got measles in last year's outbreaks hadn't been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.
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After Measles Outbreaks, Parents Shift Their Thinking On Vaccines

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The widely publicized measles outbreak linked to California theme parks appears to have made parents more confident about vaccine safety and benefits, a national poll finds.

Following the money trail is pretty easy with doctors, but nurses are another story.
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Industry Payments To Nurses Go Unreported In Federal Database

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The latest data on drug and device company payments to health professionals largely exclude nurse practitioners and physician assistants, even though they play an increasing role in patient care.

Tibetan men living in Kathmandu, Nepal, danced Monday during celebrations to mark the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama.
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Monsoon Takes A Break; Tibetans Celebrate Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday

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Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, his home in exile, sang, danced and told us what their spiritual leader has meant to them.