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Amid an audit and a case backlog, state Human Rights Commission tries to move forward

by Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO
- The Alaska State Commission for Human Rights is the state’s anti-discrimination agency. In 2011, a legislative audit found that the agency wasn’t doing its job. Five years later, the agency is still trying to move forward.

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Hillary Clinton addresses an early vote rally at Broward College in Coconut Creek, Fla. on Tuesday. WikiLeaks continues to release emails  hacked from the personal account of Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.

WikiLeaks reveals Clinton aides knew they had an email problem on their hands

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“We need to clean this up,” one aide wrote after President Obama said he had learned of Hillary Clinton’s private email server “through news reports.”

A protester, who would not identify himself, sits outside the federal courthouse in Portland as his horse, Lady Liberty, gets a drink from a fountain.

Oregon occupation trial draws crowds, but still no verdict

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The jury was struggling to reach a verdict in the trial of Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five other people in connection with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon.

Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, a former nurse accused of murdering eight elderly patients, leaves the courthouse Tuesday in Woodstock, Ontario.

Former nurse accused of murdering 8 nursing home patients in Canada

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If Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer, 49, is found guilty, she would be one of the worst serial killers in Canada’s history. Police say the victims were administered a drug.

Joseph Blackman, a Miami-Dade County mosquito control inspector, at work in Miami. Mosquitoes infected with Zika are now spreading the illness in a least four different parts of the city, according to federal health officials.

Zika virus may be in the U.S. to stay

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now urges pregnant women to “consider postponing travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County.” Zika is on the way to becoming an endemic disease in the U.S.

More Alaska News

Late night fire guts Petersburg mobile home

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Fire destroyed a mobile home on south Fifth Street in Petersburg Saturday night but no one was injured in the blaze.

Palmer man sentenced to two years in King Salmon heroin case

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Jorden Bishop of Palmer was sentenced Wednesday to a flat two year sentence in a case involving a large amount of heroin he was caught with at the King Salmon Airport in 2015.

Homer council debates centralized 911 dispatch service

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Homer City Council debated the pros and cons of a centralized emergency dispatch service at their Oct. 24 meeting.

Fuel tank overturns into river along Richardson Highway

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A semi pulling two diesel fuel tank trailers crashed last week and one tank landed in a river bed north of Valdez.

Whittier tunnel closes for rock stabilization work

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The state-run tunnel taking vehicle and train traffic to and from the port town of Whittier has been closed for rock-stabilization work after two boulders fell near the side of the roadway this week.

Dog distracts Hummer driver after single-vehicle crash

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Nobody was injured after a Hummer overturned at about 8 p.m. Tuesday near mile 8 North Tongass Highway.

APD investigating early morning robberies of Holiday gas stations

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Anchorage police are investigating robberies at two Holiday gas stations. According to an Anchorage Police Department press release, officers responded to calls early Tuesday morning calls that two males entered the gas stations brandishing guns, demanding cigarettes and money.

Man sentenced for 2014 sexual assault of partially-disabled woman

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A Kotzebue man has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for sexually assaulting a partially-disabled woman.