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Incoming Gov. Bill Walker intends to expand Medicaid as quickly as possible once sworn into office, but how he will go about expanding the program to an expected 40,000 people is still being debated.
Laurel Andrews
The Alaska Public Offices Commission Wednesday rejected marijuana activist Charlo Greene's objection to a subpoena related to an investigation into whether she violated campaign finance laws; Greene says she does not intend to comply.
Suzanna Caldwell
Three business operators in Fairbanks have been federally charged for selling misbranded Spice, or synthetic marijuana -- the first time the government has sought to charge Alaska head shop owners for selling the over-the-counter drugs. 
Jerzy Shedlock
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward for information about the death of a dog found hanging from a tree with its throat slashed in East Anchorage, the organization said Wednesday. 
Rachel D'Oro | Associated Press
The Alaska Division of Elections announced the certification of three ballot measures Wednesday, beginning the 90-day countdown to the enactment of the measures passed by voters, including legalization of marijuana. 
Laurel Andrews
Across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta on Wednesday, the turkeys were thawing -- and so was the moose and walrus, salmon and seal.Rural AlaskaLisa Demer
Iditarod veteran Karin Hendrickson was listed in fair condition Wednesday after being struck by a car during a training run alongside the Parks Highway.IditarodSuzanna Caldwell
This week we were introduced to the second greatest character in “Slednecks,” Carl the Reindeer.CultureEmily Fehrenbacher
Five recently closed weather stations in remote parts of Alaska may not seem significant on paper, but no one's sure just how much pilots were using them for flight planning purposes, and the AOPA is trying to find out. Bush PilotColleen Mondor

News & Politics

Demonstration in downtown Anchorage targets Ferguson grand jury decision

A small, peaceful protest unfolded in downtown Anchorage on Wednesday evening in response to a St. Louis grand jury’s decision to not indict a white police officer in the Ferguson, Mo., shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.Alaska Dispatch News

Arctic

Russian yard delays delivery of icebreaker

The need for a redesign means the first vessel of Russia’s new generation of diesel-engined icebreakers will be delivered at least two years later than originally expected. Atle Staalesen, Barents Observer

Adventure

Denali National Park to accept 2015 reservations starting Dec. 1

Expecting high demand for peak travel months in 2015, Denali National Park and Preserve will soon be opening the early reservation process for the park's four major campgrounds and its shuttle service. Megan Edge

Nation/World

  • A winter storm along the East Coast on Wednesday brought with it a mix of rain, sleet and snow, slowing traffic, grounding planes and forcing scores of people to change their Thanksgiving plans. In New York City, 4 inches of snow is expected. But in the suburbs to the north and west of the city, as much as 10 inches of snow could fall before the evening is over.

  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a procedure to place a heart stent this morning after doctors discovered blockage in one of her arteries, the high court announced.

We Alaskans

Faith and fate: Deacon survives brush with death

Deacon and former big-game guide Curt Leuenberger, just 52, was laid low when his kidneys began to fail. Despite going into a coma, he eventually rallied to survive after two transplants.   Joel Davidson | Catholic Anchor