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Alaska Department of Corrections officials said a 39-year-old inmate was injured at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility Monday evening, prompting a review of security protocols at all Alaska jails by the new DOC commissioner.

Michelle Theriault Boots
Local authorities say two friends were flying a recently purchased airplane to Alaska when it crashed Monday in central Wisconsin, killing the pilot's father.Associated Press
Former public safety stalwart Dwight “Sam” O’Connor is once again in an Anchorage courtroom on an allegation of sexual assault, as the state opted to retry him on a single charge.Jerzy Shedlock
Facing new budget pressures with low oil prices, Alaska will close the money-losing bars on its popular Alaska state ferries, which are costing the system more than $750,000 each year.Pat Forgey
The Obama administration will move to block oil and gas leasing permanently on about 9.8 million acres in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska's northern coast, citing biodiversity and Alaska Native subsistence whaling.Krestia DeGeorge,Nathaniel Herz
An Army spokesman dismissed as "speculative" media reports that JBER-based Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier held prisoner by the Taliban after disappearing from an Afghanistan outpost, would be charged with desertion.Alaska Dispatch News

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters were loaded onto a C-5M Super Galaxy on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, as family and friends said their good-bye's to some of the personnel from the 210th Rescue Squadron, maintenance squadrons and support personnel with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing who began to deploy from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

Bill Roth
A widespread power outage in Southcentral Alaska Monday night was caused when Chugach Electric Association's Southcentral Power Project tripped offline, the company said. Power was restored to most customers by midnight after the company added extra capacity from its Beluga Power Plant, near Tyonek.Alaska Dispatch News
Two people are dead following a shooting in East Anchorage Tuesday morning, the Anchorage Police Department wrote in a release. The incident marks the second and third Anchorage homicides of 2015, according to APD. Laurel Andrews
The Obama administration on Tuesday is expected to announce a proposal to open up coastal waters from Virginia to Georgia for oil and gas drilling, while banning drilling in portions of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off of Alaska.Coral Davenport