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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. 

 

Tegan Hanlon
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
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."Pat Forgey
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
The attack comes amid a summer of similar threats to dogs -- and people -- in and around Nome, some of which have left dogs dead and resulted in musk ox shot “in defense of life or property.” (With video) Matthew F. Smith / KNOM
A preliminary investigation indicates that a cyclist who was critically injured in a Midtown bicycle crash with an SUV on Thursday was attempting to cross Benson Boulevard when traffic had a green light, the Anchorage Police Department said Friday.Nathaniel Herz
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
Cynthia Franklin, municipal prosecutor since 2011, has been chosen to head the state agency that regulates alcohol in Alaska. If marijuana is decriminalized, she might also lead the effort to regulate pot.   Devin Kelly
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
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

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