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Alaska's long summer night filled with sunlight are important to growing big vegetables, some champion growers tell NPR, but it takes a lot more to grow the truly gargantuan record-setters.
Alaska Dispatch News
Although at least 14,000 absentee ballots will not be counted for days, the repeal referendum known as Ballot Measure 1 appears to be headed for defeat. Alaska's governor says it's now up to oil companies to get to work and prove Alaskans made the right choice.
Alex DeMarban
The vessel traveled south for nearly a day after the man suffered a head injury to get in range of U.S. Coast Guard helicopters stationed in Barrow. 
Laurel Andrews
The school year began Wednesday with the Anchorage School District down 75 positions, mostly from maintenance and administration departments. But all but three of the dozens of teachers who received layoff notices this spring were back in the classroom.
Michelle Theriault Boots
On the first day of school, a veteran Anchorage elementary school teacher talks about education challenges, what motivates her year after year and first-day jitters. EducationMarc Lester
The lead-in to the GOP primary for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat has already racked up an unprecedented $15 million in spending. But the real campaign is only just starting: No fewer than five groups independent of the candidates have announced or disclosed new campaign spending this week aimed at influencing the results of the general election.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
Alaska’s top union official said Wednesday he doesn’t believe the state AFL-CIO will endorse anyone for governor if the two leading challengers to Gov. Sean Parnell can’t agree to merge their campaigns.PoliticsRichard Mauer
A Rhode Island firm that now owns the housing on Eielson Air Force Base filed suit in federal court Tuesday, saying it is illegal for the Fairbanks North Star Borough to levy $1.855 million in property taxes.MilitaryDermot Cole

Sports

UAA picked 2nd in GNAC volleyball poll

Coaches in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference picked the Seawolves second in their annual preseason volleyball poll. Alaska Dispatch News

Culture

Noted Alaska historian, linguist Richard Dauenhauer dead at 72

Dauenhauer, who came to Alaska  in the late 1960s, made important contributions to the preservation of Tlingit lore and language. He also was a respected poet and former Alaska poet laureate.Mike Dunham

Arctic

Cultural ties may help prevent suicide, experts say

Suicide rates for Alaska Natives 70 and older are only half the national rates for that age group, according to information gathered by James Allen, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, and his colleagues.Yereth Rosen

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