Alaska News

As a lawsuit over Medicaid expansion continues to play out in court, six legislators met Thursday on party-specific panels and highlighted that the public health care program for low-income Alaskans will again rise as a hot-button and derisive issue during the upcoming legislative session.

Tegan Hanlon
The more warning signs a person shows, the greater the risk of suicide, experts say. Here are some signs of danger.Lisa Demer
The village of Hooper Bay is grieving after the suicides of three young people in less than two weeks, the most recent one on Sunday night.Lisa Demer
Alaska's northernmost community is feasting on whale after a successful fall season that included 15 bowheads landed, plus a bonus whale whose death is under investigation.  Alex DeMarban
Annual crime data released last week by the FBI shows a 20 percent increase in murders over 2013, but it doesn't necessarily indicate a trend, one expert said.Jerzy Shedlock
The U.S. Geological Survey released a study Tuesday suggesting that many local observers in Alaska are reporting greater variability in year-to-year berry harvests, though the reports themselves varied.Suzanna Caldwell
After a wildfire season in which more than half of burned U.S. acreage was in Alaska, U.S. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell says firefighting costs will exceed half the agency’s budget this fiscal year.Alaska Dispatch News

Chinook Elementary School honored principal Anita Stevens during a surprise assembly on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.

Marc Lester
Golden Bears tailback Ethan Falaniko,a 17-year-old senior, is one of the nation’s top high school football players. According to, which provides unofficial high school sports statistics, he ranks second in the nation in rushing yards with 2,001 in eight games this season.Megan Edge
So far, the remains of 19 of the 52 airmen onboard the C-124 Globemaster II cargo plane that crashed in the Chugach Mountains have been identified.Sean Doogan