Members of the Anchorage Education Association voted this week to accept a one-year extension to the union's current three-year contract. The Anchorage School Board still must vote on the extension. 
Tegan Hanlon
Alaska State Troopers say the 28-year-old Wasilla man arrested in a string of armed robberies in the Valley described his acts as a cry for help and meant to impress his estranged wife.
Zaz Hollander
Hazardous avalanche conditions around Hatcher Pass Road, blocked Tuesday by a 100-foot-wide slide, will also delay a ground search for Wasilla skier Liam Walsh, reported overdue in the area Monday, troopers said. 
Chris Klint
A flyover of the Kuskokwim River on Tuesday found more than 50 open holes in a 50-mile stretch -- reason for residents to stay off the still-freezing river for now, Bethel Search and Rescue said Wednesday.
Lisa Demer
Because the owners of the trans-Alaska pipeline bungled management of an upgrade project, they can't recover the costs by charging more to move oil, a federal agency has ruled -- and it could save the state of Alaska $500 million.
Alex DeMarban
At least four locations across Anchorage will serve free meals on Thanksgiving, offering individuals and families a place to turn for both celebration and company during the holiday.AnchorageChris Klint
Heavy rain was expected in Anchorage on Thanksgiving, part of unseasonable weather around Southcentral Alaska that closed Mat-Su schools Wednesday and could bring up to 20 inches of snow to areas north of Talkeetna.Mat-SuAlaska Dispatch News
A Fairbanks family wanted to donate bread to the local food bank, but found out that state food regulations wouldn't allow it. So they pushed back -- and found success.Alaska NewsSuzanna Caldwell
In rural Alaska, residents are far removed from all the frenzy that goes with the nation's most intense shopping day of the year.BusinessRachel D'Oro | Associated Press


East High student dances past her differences

Having a prosthetic leg hasn't stopped Taylor Haines, a captain of the East Anchorage High School dance company. She leaps and whirls as well as anyone in the studio. Better, many say.Marc Lester

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Wednesday at Polaris K-12 school, students were divided into the haves and the have-nots. Drawing a card at random, each participant in the "hunger banquet" was assigned an identity, such as a poor farmer from Sierra Leone or the affluent mayor of a Peruvian town.
Loren Holmes

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