Alaska News

A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest charity fraud cases ever, involving all 50 states.Anne Flaherty | Associated Press
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board expressed support Tuesday for a proposed purchase of a Fairbanks natural gas company, but held off on making a final decision until a purchase agreement is finished.Dermot Cole
The 15-year-old suspect is accused of hitting Anchorage cyclist Tim Kirk in the face with a tree branch, breaking his nose and fracturing his skull, as Kirk rode along a popular bike trail Monday morning.Laurel Andrews
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said Tuesday that he doesn't agree with legislators moving the special session from Juneau to Anchorage but won't take steps to block them.Becky Bohrer
On May 15, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services took the rare step of taking management control of a major Anchorage nursing home, which houses 98 residents -- 14 percent of all people living in nursing homes statewide -- after an inspection revealed serious problems. Michelle Theriault Boots
The state says it plans to re-file theft and fraud charges against Michael David Saunders, who, according to his defense attorney, is paying back the $27,000 he stole from a Boy Scouts store. Jerzy Shedlock
Southcentral Alaska drug enforcement officers arrested two people in the course of an investigation into the importation of heroin to that area of the state from California. Jerzy Shedlock
Donald Leroy Williams, 51, pleaded guilty to a manslaughter in Anchorage Superior Court on Tuesday, a charge tied to the stabbing death of his 23-year-old cousin.Jerzy Shedlock
Anchorage Mayor-elect Ethan Berkowitz named three people Tuesday morning to be co-chairs of his transition into office: a union official, a former mayoral election opponent, and a leader of a Native corporation.Devin Kelly
Are you getting entry-level employees who don't measure up? One of the problems might be outdated or insufficient recruiting practices.Lynne Curry