With no answers yet about why an Army rocket failed Monday in Kodiak, leaders of the state-subsidized Alaska Aerospace Corp. find themselves wrestling with the tricky question of public relations damage control. They're also wondering who will pay for the damage to the launch complex.
A chapter of world history closed on Thursday when the U.S. Army’s 793rd Military Police Battalion was removed from active duty at a ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage. The battalion is probably best known for protecting the “Red Ball Express” supply lines after D-Day and for its involvement in the Nuremberg war trials.Mike Dunham
An Anchorage Superior Court jury convicted 37-year-old Yoder Blalock on Thursday of second-degree murder, disagreeing with his claims he attacked his victim with a short sword in self-defense.Jerzy Shedlock
In the latest revision of its Arctic drilling plan, Shell envisions two rigs drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's Northwest coast and operating as each other's required backup. The revised plan doesn't necessarily mean the company will drill in 2015, but it keeps that possibility open.Yereth Rosen
The building will have 170 rooms for patients and families traveling to the Alaska Native Medical Center from outside Anchorage. If that increases participation in the tribal health care system, as officials hope, it will drive down state Medicaid costs.Tegan Hanlon
The Alaska Conference of Mayors has voted to oppose the marijuana legalization initiative and pledged to donate $5,000 to “Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2,” a campaign opposing the ballot measure. Laurel Andrews
Keith Miller admitted the family was pretty upset at the time the dog was taken, and he and his brother went looking for the perpetrators, even though they'd never been all that enamored with their father's zeal for making foam food art. Craig Medred
The US gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.2 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to revised figures released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. While the GDP growth was slightly higher than expected, experts say weak spots in the economy linger.