Anchorage

Troops will be firing the Army's largest mortar round -- the 120mm high-explosive round -- beginning at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and continuing through 10 p.m. Friday.Alaska Dispatch News
Jonathan Escalante, a drug dealer nicknamed "Superman" and the leader of a theft ring who exchanged methamphetamine for stolen mail, has pleaded guilty to 16 federal charges.Jerzy Shedlock
A new review of the way the Anchorage School District manages its facilities operations makes 28 recommendations, including filling job vacancies on a timely basis after noting the top facilities position went unfilled for three years.Tegan Hanlon
An Anchorage lawyer whose building adjoins the remade state legislative building downtown on Tuesday sued the state, contending that the lease for the remodeled Legislative Information Office is illegal, too expensive and should be declared “null and void.”Lisa Demer
Two former Anchorage mayors, Rick Mystrom and Mark Begich, will preside over a televised debate of the current crop of mayoral candidates on the eve of the municipal election next week.Devin Kelly
Echoes of the hotly-contested 2014 U.S. Senate election are reverberating in the Anchorage mayoral race, from endorsements to campaign staffers and volunteers.Devin Kelly
Police say a woman was knocked unconscious and stabbed while walking on the Chester Creek Trail around noon Sunday, and was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Alaska Dispatch News
Police said at least one member of a group denied entry to an East Anchorage house party early Sunday pulled out a handgun and started shooting, striking an 18-year-old in the shoulder. Alaska Dispatch News
With a history of convictions for sexually terrorizing strangers, Kevin Tuckfield was considered so dangerous he was required to have a two-guard escort every time he left his cell at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. So how did he become the first person in the jail's history to successfully escape?   Michelle Theriault Boots
As the Alaska Legislature looks for ways to cut its own budget, its new office building in downtown Anchorage may become a target.Nathaniel Herz