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As the Alaska National Guard sexual misconduct and leadership scandal evolves into a major issue in his re-election bid, Gov. Sean Parnell is confronting two key questions: When did he learn about problems in the guard, and did he respond effectively? The record shows that Parnell took nearly his entire four-year term to remove officials at the top of the guard and its related civilian department.

Richard Mauer,Jill Burke
Yellow-billed loons, migratory birds that nest on large lakes dotting Alaska’s North Slope, do not need Endangered Species Act protections, federal regulators said on Wednesday. Yereth Rosen
More than 90 percent of Alaskans applied for this year's $1,884 Permanent Fund dividend. Why didn't the rest? Reasons range from principled positions to efforts at evading child support payments.Michelle Theriault Boots
An Anchorage jury found a former Glennallen dentist accused of sexually assaulting a colleague not guilty on all charges Wednesday after a two-week trial.  Michelle Theriault Boots
A bigger property tax exemption for seniors and disabled vets plus contested races in Palmer, Wasilla and for the Mat-Su Assembly figure prominently in next week's Matanuska-Susitna Borough election. Zaz Hollander
Which version of summer you witnessed depends on where you live in the nation's largest state. The report illustrates the immense size and variety of Alaska weather and terrain. Craig Medred
Powerful autumn storms have sent surges of seawater as far as 20 miles inland onto the tundra of southwestern Alaska -- and such flooding is expected to become more frequent as the climate changes, a new study says.Yereth Rosen
Former Anchorage Assembly members Chris Birch and Cheryl Frasca are spearheading the first organized effort to affirm the city's controversial labor law. Devin Kelly
Nearly 250 people crowded into the school commons to hear the latest on the long-proposed project that has pitted the School District against residents of a nearby subdivision who worry about increased traffic, noise and bright lights that they say will come with the stadium. Tegan Hanlon
As the state’s work on the Susitna River mega-dam continues, a new private proposal has surfaced for a smaller dam on the nearby Talkeetna River, loved for its salmon and rapids.Zaz Hollander