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Alaska is either a national leader or laggard on job creation, based on newly released state and national employment data and how you choose to look at the numbers.
Pat Forgey
Congressman Don Young came to Wasilla High School to engage with students and ended up having to express his regret for any offense taken during a session that reportedly included obscenities, a parable about bull sex and what school officials described as "hurtful" comments about suicide. 
Zaz Hollander
The Anchorage Assembly approved an external audit of the troubled SAP software project Tuesday night while raising pointed questions about the project’s future. The Assembly also narrowly voted to ban metal palisade fences shorter than 7 feet. 
Devin Kelly
A $23.8 million grant to boost the undergraduate study of biomedical research and health sciences by rural Alaska students will offer new education opportunities at 10 campuses across the state, the University of Alaska Fairbanks said. 
Alaska Dispatch News
The announcement comes in the wake of media reports on leaked investigative files that describe years of alleged sexual assaults, harassment and other misconduct in the Alaska Army National Guard, some cases involving  recruiters and high school students.
Tegan Hanlon
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. OutdoorsCraig Medred
Lean Alaska grown yak is available at local farmers markets, a non-gamey meat that has a lot of possibilities.Food & DrinkMike Dunham
Audio clips and photographs taken by police officers at the scene of a brawl involving the family of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin were released Tuesday by the Anchorage Police Department. Palin WatchLaurel Andrews
In the U.S. Senate race in Alaska, one of the major-party candidates has a law degree from Georgetown and graduated from Harvard. The other didn’t graduate from college. Guess which one is running the wonkier, more policy-focused campaign?Senate Race 2014Nathaniel Herz

Voices

How can Alaska Guard family trust those who ignored pleas?

OPINION: If state and federal officials want to help the abused members of Alaska National Guard, they need to put aside their own selfish desires and control issues and confess their own parts.Rick Cavens

Sports

UAA women's basketball team bounced from new arena for season opener

The UAA women's basketball team will open its season at the old Wells Fargo Sports Complex next month because of conflicts at the new Alaska Airlines Center. Beth Bragg

Culture

The touring production of "Les Miserables," playing at the Atwood Concert Hall through Oct. 26, mostly delivers on its promise of extravagant excitement.
Egan Millard

News & Politics

UAF wins $23.8M grant for rural biomedical education

A $23.8 million grant to boost the undergraduate study of biomedical research and health sciences by rural Alaska students will offer new education opportunities at 10 campuses across the state, the University of Alaska Fairbanks said. Alaska Dispatch News

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.