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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 endorsement came at a reception hosted by Palin on Tuesday night in which she told about 100 guests that she supports Walker and his running mate, Byron Mallott, because she trusts them to responsibly develop Alaska’s resources, said a release from the Walker-Mallott campaign. 
Alex DeMarban
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

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

Vilsack to announce USDA grant to bring indoor plumbing to Akiachak

A remote Alaska Native village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide that will receive upgrades to water and wastewater systems with $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Rachel D'Oro

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

  • A day after a terror attack convulsed the heart of Ottawa, the Canadian capital, police officers were quoted as saying on Thursday that the attack was the work of a lone gunman who shot a soldier dead before being killed in a hail of gunfire in the Parliament building.

  • The normally bustling streets near Canada’s Parliament were transformed Wednesday as thousands of government workers were kept inside their buildings for hours while police and military officers in combat gear swept the area, fearful that shootings that morning had been part of a larger plot.