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An interfaith event Thursday night that ended with the launching of paper lanterns in support of victims of domestic violence led officials at Merrill Field to briefly reroute airplane traffic, while at least one vehicle on the Glenn Highway was hit, according to Anchorage police.



Matt Tunseth
For the first time in their lives, as Gov. Sean Parnell, state legislators, tribal leaders and an overflow crowd looked on, Alaska Native people one by one took the microphone Thursday to speak in their Native language -- as an official state language. Lisa Demer
The translators must stick to the speeches and avoid getting sidetracked or caught up emotionally. That’s hard when difficult topics such as sexual abuse come up. Lisa Demer
For the second time this week and the third time since late August, a magnitude 5 earthquake rattled the Fairbanks area Thursday morning, originating near Minto about 10 miles below ground on an unmapped fault.Dermot Cole
The Ebola outbreak is centered thousands of miles away, but that hasn't prevented some Alaska residents from showing psychological symptoms.Megan Edge
Alaska State Troopers are looking for the driver of an SUV who fled down an ATV trail in Wasilla early Thursday after ramming a patrol vehicle, leaving a trooper with minor injuries. Tegan Hanlon
Anchorage police are searching for anyone with information about the death of "Snoop," a pit bull  found hanging from a tree with its throat slit near Tikishla Park in East Anchorage. Megan Edge
A moderate earthquake has rattled the interior portion of Alaska, but there's been no immediate reports of damage.Associated Press
“I was asked to remind that this is a nonsmoking venue,” said moderator Steve Johnson before the debate. “This seems particularly relevant.”Suzanna Caldwell

The UAA Seawolf Debate Team and the Alaska Dispatch News hosted a debate on Thursday, October 23, 2014, about marijuana legalization in Alaska.

Marc Lester