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A new app launched this week in Anchorage connects homeowners with snowplow services -- and it appears to be receiving a warmer welcome than did the ride-sharing service with which it shares some similarities.

Sean Doogan
Four men accused of raping a homeless teenage girl in an Eagle River apartment in March 2013 have all pleaded guilty to felony coercion, a charge filed Wednesday during a routine status hearing that replaced the state’s original indictment.Jerzy Shedlock
Middle school students from across rural Alaska will get the chance to attend a science and technology academy in Anchorage through a $1 million, three-year grant from Alaska Airlines, the company announced Thursday at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.Lisa Demer

The largest annual 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.

Alaska Dispatch News
Speaking at the annual convention in Anchorage late Friday morning, Rep. Don Young, 81,  said his personal feelings about the topic -- because of the loss of a family member by suicide -- “may have caused me to mangle some of my statements and comments, (and) that’s caused this uproar."Dermot Cole,Alex DeMarban
An unmanned barge that broke from its tow during a severe storm has been drifting in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska's Arctic Slope since Tuesday. Laurel Andrews
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,Tegan Hanlon
“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
A spokesman for Rep. Don Young said the congressman will be speaking publicly at the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention in Anchorage on Friday and might address the issue of his comments on suicide there. Alex DeMarban

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