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The meeting was Alaska’s response to a mandate from new VA Secretary Bob McDonald that all VA hospitals and benefits offices nationwide host town hall meetings to rebuild trust after allegations of secret wait lists and mismanaged care unfolded this summer. 
Tegan Hanlon
What was supposed to be a fun night out turned chaotic early Sunday when a shooting erupted not far from an after-hours hot spot in downtown Anchorage, leaving six members of a family with injuries, including one still in critical condition.
Michelle Theriault Boots
Alaska government and industry officials came away from a four-day trip to Asia last week with a hopeful outlook for the future of the state's long-sought Alaska LNG project.
Alex DeMarban
The state of Alaska is weighing in on the side of the federal government in court, hoping to help keep alive a U.S. Forest Service timber sale in Southeast, and with it what's left of a once-booming industry.
Pat Forgey
Two former Anchorage residents now living Outside face a total of 43 criminal charges for allegedly receiving Permanent Fund dividends illegally over the past several years.
Jerzy Shedlock
From mountain biking to skiing, ziplining to kayaking, studies show that kids who grow up with access to outdoor activities are more likely to reap the benefits of physical fitness and more effective coping skills. But it can be risky too.  OutdoorsErin Kirkland
A 2012 lawsuit filed by gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker that challenged a settlement between the state and Exxon Mobil over development at the Point Thomson oil field is being targeted by the re-election campaign of Gov. Sean Parnell as anti-development.Governors Race 2014Alex DeMarban
OPINION: Gov. Parnell should not have acceded state's authority on National Guard members' complaints of sexual assault.CommentaryLarry Wood
Uber, an app-based service that allows users to request car rides from a select group of approved drivers, will soon be debuting in Anchorage. But city officials and taxi operators say  the company's entry into the market represents a threat to the regulated taxi and car service businesses.AnchorageSean Doogan

Voices

Gov. Parnell: Walker's gas line criticism is reckless

OPINION: Incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell argues that statements by his opponent independent Bill Walker threaten Alaska's progress toward a long-awaited natural gas project.Sean Parnell

Sports

Teen's huge halibut holds up to win Homer derby

Idaho Eagle Scout Jackson Hobbs, 16, learned Tuesday that his 335-pound halibut will stand up as the winner in the 2014 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.Matt Tunseth

Adventure

Trying the triathlon: How to make the blood, sweat and tears pay off

There is no-one-size-fits-all triathlon in Alaska. The outdoor course that works for the Eagle River Triathlon in June won’t suit Fairbanks in March. Races are adapted to work with outdoor conditions, and there’s one race in Fort Greely that is 100 percent indoors. Homer’s Ski to Sea Triathlon in March ditches the swim altogether in favor of skis. Alli Harvey

News & Politics

BP to reduce Alaska workforce by 475 early next year

Oil giant BP will cut close to one-fifth of its Alaska workforce of employees and direct contractors as a result of the sale of a chunk of its Alaska assets to Hilcorp, the company announced Monday.Alex DeMarban

Arctic

U.S. icebreaker fleet will need makeover by about 2020, Coast Guard says

The U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of two operating Arctic-class icebreakers will be sufficient -- if barely so -- for about another six years, the agency’s new Alaska commandant said Monday. Yereth Rosen

Nation/World