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A day after he told Wasilla High School students that suicide shows a lack of support from friends and family -- just days after a student there committed suicide -- Rep. Don Young was back in the Valley defending his statements, and adding a few more. 
Zaz Hollander
At Tuesday night’s Anchorage Assembly meeting, Assembly members Dick Traini and Paul Honeman introduced an ordinance to toughen towing regulations, curb fees and penalties, and increase protection for vehicle owners.
Devin Kelly
A family starring in the reality television series "Alaskan Bush People" faces multiple felony charges tied to falsely submitting applications for the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, according to documents filed in Superior Court.  
Tegan Hanlon
The state of Alaska on Wednesday filed for en banc review by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Hamby v. Parnell, hoping the full court will overturn a lower court's decision allowing same-sex marriage in the state.
Suzanna Caldwell
The most memorable quotes from audio released Tuesday of the September party at which former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's family was involved in a melee.
Laurel Andrews
The U.S. Senate race in Alaska has featured a ferocious debate over incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich’s record, with Republicans relentlessly casting him as a tool of President Barack Obama while Begich, meanwhile, runs television ads asserting his independence from Washington. But a series of comments from Obama this month have complicated Begich’s message.Senate Race 2014Nathaniel Herz
The state’s largest gathering of Alaska Natives is a high-stakes political scene as much as a cultural event, with candidates vying for attention before thousands of delegates from distant villages -- and a coveted endorsement from a pivotal part of the electorate.  AFN CoverageAlex DeMarban
OPINION: Young's comments don't help, but the deeper issue is our need to think differently about suicide -- and create the care that prevents it.CommentaryChris Cavanaugh
Supporters on each side of the marijuana legalization initiative will make their case in a debate Oct. 23 at Bear Tooth Theatrepub co-sponsored by the UAA Seawolf Debate Program and Alaska Dispatch News.Events and DebatesAlaska Dispatch News

Voices

Legalizing marijuana won't ruin Alaska

OPINION: I don't approve of marijuana use for myself or my family, but I don't believe the dire warnings of those advocating to keep pot illegal in contradiction of the principles of liberty our country and state were founded on.Arthur Keyes

Adventure

Silver salmon stage a revival in urban Chester Creek

In 2008, about 400 coho salmon entered Anchorage's Chester Creek, while by this summer an estimated 2,000-plus salmon moved upstream, despite continuing problems with runoff, feces and other garbage in the urban waterway. Craig Medred

News & Politics

Official languages bill will be signed at AFN convention -- away from main event

If the legislation to recognize 20 Alaska Native languages as official state languages was wrought with emotion, the ceremony to turn the bill into law with the governor’s signature is fraught with politics. Lisa Demer

Arctic

Russia says no need for NATO in Arctic, expands own military presence

As Russia expands its military across the Arctic, Norway is calling for more NATO presence in the area. Despite the tensions, officials from both nations will meet this weekend to mark the World War II liberation of Kirkenes. Thomas Nilsen, Barents Observer

We Alaskans

Queens of the screen

A lot has changed in broadcast journalism since the mid-1980s. But in an industry known for turmoil, changing faces and a push toward younger journalists, Maria Downey and Jackie Purcell are approaching 30 years on the job at KTUU without a hint of slowing down. Sean Doogan

Nation/World

  • An unidentified gunman traumatized the heart of the Canadian government Wednesday, killing a soldier guarding the National War Memorial and then entering the nearby Parliament building, where he fired multiple shots. Police officers rushed to secure the building and move occupants to safety as they hunted for the assailant.

  • A soldier was shot near Canada's parliament building in Ottawa on Wednesday in an ongoing incident possibly involving multiple shooters. Canada has far tighter restrictions than the US on owning a firearm.