Alaska News

Wednesday at Polaris K-12 school, students were divided into the haves and the have-nots. Drawing a card at random, each participant in the "hunger banquet" was assigned an identity, such as a poor farmer from Sierra Leone or the affluent mayor of a Peruvian town.

Loren Holmes
A Fairbanks family wanted to donate bread to the local food bank, but found out that state food regulations wouldn't allow it. So they pushed back -- and found success.Suzanna Caldwell
Some big retailers plan to open on Thanksgiving Day, while others are staying true to traditional Black Friday schedule of early openings and late closings.Jeannette Lee Falsey
From a wine shop to a toy store and a clothing boutique, Alaska retailers eschew the cookie-cutter approach to Black Friday. But will any local shops join the recent movement to opt out of the retail holiday?Jeannette Lee Falsey
Alaska State Troopers say the 28-year-old Wasilla man arrested in a string of armed robberies in the Valley described his acts as a cry for help and meant to impress his estranged wife.Zaz Hollander
At least four locations across Anchorage will serve free meals on Thanksgiving, offering individuals and families a place to turn for both celebration and company during the holiday.Chris Klint
A flyover of the Kuskokwim River on Tuesday found more than 50 open holes in a 50-mile stretch -- reason for residents to stay off the still-freezing river for now, Bethel Search and Rescue said Wednesday.Lisa Demer
Anchorage prosecutors say it may take weeks to determine whether a shooting Monday night on the 4300 block of Wisconsin Street, which left one man dead and a second hospitalized, was a crime.Chris Klint
Daniel Selovich, 37, of Manley Springs was arraigned in Fairbanks Superior Court, where his public defender requested a jury trial for Selovich on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and assault over a period of five weeks.The Associated Press
Cheap flights offered in 2010 to two political candidates through Alaska money manager and anti-Pebble mine activist Bob Gillam violated state election law, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in upholding a fine against Gillam’s RBG Bush Planes.Lisa Demer