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State prosecutors have dropped two sexual assault charges against John Giacalone, an Alaska Regional Hospital security guard who was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl who’d been alone in the hospital’s emergency department waiting room.
Jerzy Shedlock
As predicted earlier this week by its president, Alaska’s umbrella labor organization on Friday withheld an endorsement for governor out of concern that the current three-way race will inevitably end in an easy re-election victory for Republican Gov. Sean Parnell.
Richard Mauer
An innocent question about open season on free-ranging cattle in the Mat-Su sparked Facebook outrage and a simple answer from authorities this week: No, you can’t hunt cows in the Valley.
Zaz Hollander
Three people, including a 22-year-old woman who is still on the run, have been charged with felony sexual assault of a man at an East Anchorage hotel, police say.
Jerzy Shedlock,Kyle Hopkins
The 5-gallon bucket was in the bathroom of a small house, troopers said. It was half-full of water used for handwashing since the home doesn’t have running water. 
Lisa Demer
Regions of Alaska where the oil industry has its deepest roots voted in favor of the contentious oil production tax cut known as Senate Bill 21, but there were exceptions, including Fairbanks, where five of six districts supported the law's repeal.  PoliticsAlex DeMarban
With no end in sight to ongoing lawsuits over the botched Port of Anchorage makeover, city officials are asking the Anchorage Assembly for permission to spend up to another $1.5 million on lawyers and legal fees.  Alaska NewsTegan Hanlon
Thom Walker, a political unknown who works at a remote research station on the North Slope, won Tuesday's primary for the Alaska Libertarian Party's U.S. Senate nomination. Party officials don't know if he's serious and are scrambling to find him, but friends say he's on a trip in the remote Brooks Range.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
In comments submitted by three state commissioners on the proposed Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mine in British Columbia, near Southeast Alaska, the state expressed concern but stopped short of calling for a Canadian EPA-style "panel review."EnvironmentPat Forgey

Sports

So long, Sivak, and other news

Sniper Peter Sivak, who last spring helped the Alaska Aces secure the third ECHL Kelly Cup in the club's 11 seasons on that circuit, gets an AHL-ECHL deal.Doyle Woody

Culture

Anchorage skateboarder Preston Pollard rides his passion to unexpected places

Inspiration could be T. Preston Pollard’s middle name if it weren’t already Preston. Among the doors that have opened to him as a result of his skateboarding career, perhaps the most unexpected is that of motivational speaker.Mike Dunham

News & Politics

AFL-CIO declines to endorse candidate for governor in 3-way race

As predicted earlier this week by its president, Alaska’s umbrella labor organization on Friday withheld an endorsement for governor out of concern that the current three-way race will inevitably end in an easy re-election victory for Republican Gov. Sean Parnell.Richard Mauer

Arctic

Rare Kotzebue thunderstorm latest in 'weird' NW Alaska weather

Kotzebue residents got a rude awakening early Friday morning. A large thunderstorm rolled through the Northwest Alaska hub community at about 3:36 a.m., according to the National Weather Service, bringing with it  lightning strikes and four-tenths of an inch of rain. Suzanna Caldwell

Nation/World