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Thom Walker, who unexpectedly won the Libertarian nomination for U.S. Senate in the primary election earlier this month, withdrew from the race Wednesday, citing an inability to run a proper campaign due to his job.
Pat Forgey
When the union members rejected a  three-year contract agreed to by its negotiating team, it raised the threat of a strike, but Department of Administration Commissioner Curtis Thayer said they'll now be able to continue to use the expired contract while negotiating a new one. 
Pat Forgey
A federal indictment alleges that for two years one of the men, an employee of the Las Vegas airport, used his credentials to bring the drugs into the airport without going through security.
Jerzy Shedlock
Employees of the Southcentral Alaska natural gas utility have voted to end their strike after two weeks and return to work without a contract.
Sean Doogan
Homeland Security investigators reviewed videos and talked to adults with the group and the agents, and found no proof to back up the gun claims, which the Boy Scout leader said came from "several Scouts." The Boy Scout leader did not make the boys available for questioning. 
Dermot Cole
An Alaska Dispatch News analysis estimates the 2014 Permanent Fund dividend could be one of the highest ever paid out but will likely fall short of the record of $2,069 set in 2008.EconomyAlex DeMarban,Sean Doogan
OPINION: Pat Gamble is well worth the $320,000 retention bonus that university regents voted to pay.CommentaryPat Jacobson
Alaska makes a cameo appearance in a recording leaked Wednesday from a private strategy meeting in June hosted by the billionaire Koch brothers’ political network.PoliticsNathaniel Herz
Knee boots and good rain gear are a must in this wet season. Water and ducks go hand in hand. The east end of the Denali Highway at Tangle Lakes has big local flocks of pintails and widgeons.OutdoorsJohn Schandelmeier

Sports

Back where he started his NHL career, Gomez will try out with Devils

Scott Gomez of Anchorage, the most decorated and prolific hockey player in Alaska history, began his NHL career with the New Jersey Devils and now he will try to extend it with the club that drafted him.Doyle Woody

Adventure

With a captive audience, Denali bus drivers can make visits magnificent or miserable

Dick Merrill has been driving park buses for 28 years. After decades of repetition, his voice, his mannerisms and even the way he waves his hands have been honed to the sharpness of a sideshow barker. Indeed, stepping into Merrill’s bus is a lot like going to a carnival.Rick Sinnott

Culture

From homeless teen mom to doctor: Anchorage woman overcomes obstacles

April DeLira was homeless, off and on, from the age of 11. At 15, she gave birth to a son and dropped out of high school. But two decades later, she's a resident physician at a Memphis hospital and hopes to one day give back in the way others gave to her.Megan Edge

News & Politics

Failed rocket launch a setback for US hypersonic weapon program, Kodiak Launch Complex

While the Pentagon begins to pick up the pieces from a rocket explosion Monday, the failure to launch also raises new questions about the future of the state-owned Alaska Aerospace Corp.Dermot Cole

Arctic

Proposed road to Ambler mining district faces fresh opposition along route

As the state continues its outreach to Interior communities near the proposed route of an industrial road to a controversial mining district in Ambler, some have voiced opposition and now one has declared its land off limits.Zachariah Hughes | KNOM

Nation/World