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Though 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. Now Alaska's governor says it's up to oil companies to get to work and prove Alaskans made the right choice.
Alex DeMarban
Mat-Su Assembly member Jim Colver was leading incumbent Eric Feige on Wednesday in a hotly contested Republican primary for a state House district that runs from Whittier to Valdez to Delta Junction. But some party faithful say Colver is more D than R. 
Zaz Hollander
Joshua Huerta, 26, of California, remains hospitalized after being hit by a camper jack that went through his window in a head-on collision Monday near Cantwell, Alaska State Trooper said.
Alaska Dispatch News
A 55-year-old man died near Dillingham Tuesday after his boat's motor exploded, throwing him in the water, where he apparently drowned, Alaska State Troopers say.
Zaz Hollander
A 16-year-old Eagle Scout from Idaho took the lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby on Tuesday with a fish 57 pounds heavier than the previous leader.FishingMatt Tunseth
Dauenhauer, who came to Alaska  in the late 1960s, made particularly important contributions to the preservation of Tlingit lore and language. He also was a well-respected poet and was a former Alaska poet laureate.CultureMike Dunham
The State Fair's starting and that means giant cabbage harvest season. It's also time to get some regular-size cabbages, kohlrabi, broccoli and other tasty vegetables at the many area farmers’ markets.Food & DrinkSteve Edwards
Alaska Native babies in small, remote villages die at twice the rate of Native babies in cities, according to new research from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.HealthKyle Hopkins

Voices

The Alaska Railroad has the exclusive right to use its right of way

OPINION: Alaska Railroad's residential ROW use policy is driven by the railroad's statutory duty to preserve the integrity of the ROW, to protect public and employee safety, and to operate trains efficiently. Contrary to one recent opinion, the policy does not deprive anyone of any property rights.Linda Leary

Sports

Miners claim top ABL baseball awards

Outfielder Cam Newell and pitcher Tyler Stubblefield, teammates this summer with the Mat-Su Miners, claimed the top postseason awards in the Alaska Baseball League.Alaska Dispatch News

Adventure

Austrian completes rugged -- perhaps unprecedented -- overland journey from North Slope to Cook Inlet

Until Austrian Gerhard Hafele completed his trek, there is no indication anyone has ever hiked and paddled Alaska overland north to south from the North Slope to Cook Inlet for more than 1,500 miles, crossing two major mountain ranges.  Craig Medred

News & Politics

AK Beat: Troopers seek Delta cemetery vandals

Troopers are asking for the public's help to locate a maroon Ford vehicle sought in connection with early morning vandalism at Rest Haven Cemetery.Alaska Dispatch News

Nation/World

  • A U.S. special operations team tried and failed to rescue journalist James Foley and other Americans held hostage in Syria during a secret mission in early July authorized by President Barack Obama, senior administration officials said Wednesday.

  • U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. visited Ferguson on Wednesday, meeting with students, community leaders and federal investigators as the St. Louis County prosecutor opened grand jury hearings in the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.