Some of the ornaments made at Bean’s Cafe as part of a project funded by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. (Photo by Anne Hillman/Alaska Public Media)

Money management at Mental Health Trust raises concerns

by Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media
- Legislators are considering a special audit of the Alaska Mental Health Trust and how the trustees are investing its money.

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Andrew Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, exits after his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump International Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., last month.

Trump picks fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary

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The chief executive of CKE Holdings, the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., is an outspoken critic of raising the minimum wage and increasing overtime and workplace safety regulations.

Russia's new Iskander system can be armed with nuclear warheads and can fire either ballistic (pictured) or cruise missiles. The Iskander-M missile launcher was used during a military exercise last month by the Russian Eastern Military District's 5th army at a firing range in Ussuriysk, Russia.

Russia seen moving new missiles to Eastern Europe

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New satellite photos suggest Russia is preparing to base new nuclear-capable missiles in its Baltic enclave between Lithuania and Poland. The missiles are likely meant as a warning to the West.

On Saturday, firefighters investigate the scene of the overnight fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland.

Deadly Oakland fire may spur crackdown on off-the-grid artists’ spaces

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Rents in the Bay Area are among the highest in the country, pushing many artists into illegal work/live spaces like the Ghost Ship, where a fire left 36 dead. Now, officials vow to step up regulation.

South African surfer and sailor Chris Bertish practices in his 20-foot stand-up paddleboard, just days prior to his launch on Tuesday.

A surfer and his paddleboard embark on a lonely trans-Atlantic voyage

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South African Chris Bertish has set out from the coast of Africa with the intent to become the first person to cross the Atlantic alone on a stand-up paddleboard — though he’s not the first to try.

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Coast Guard medevacs injured fisherman from Pybus Bay

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An injured fisherman was medevaced from Pybus Bay, 50 miles east of Sitka.

Day two search underway for missing Port Alsworth plane

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A second day of search efforts are underway for a plane that went missing Wednesday between Port Alsworth and Anchorage.

Two crewmembers still missing after vessel sinks near Unalaska

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The search continues for two people that went missing Tuesday night after they abandoned a sinking ship north of Unalaska Bay.

Body found in truck burning in Steese Highway ditch

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Alaska State Troopers are trying to identify a person found dead in a truck that burned in a ditch along the Steese Highway.

Firefighters respond to construction warehouse fire in Bethel

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The Bethel Fire Department responded to a structure fire over the weekend with no injuries reported.

Kodiak, military officials meet over military exercises

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Kodiak and military officials are meeting to help assuage community concerns about military exercises in the Gulf of Alaska.

Kenai Borough Assembly upholds invocation policy, Homer residents testify

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly revisited the topic of invocations at their Dec. 6 meeting. For the last four months, they have debated whether to restrict who is allowed to give the invocation, or prayer, that begins each Assembly meeting.

Sitka hydroelectric plant down for repairs; city on diesel

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The city of Sitka has been using diesel generators to fulfill resident’s increasing power demands as a hydroelectric plant remains shut down for repairs.