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What was set to be the courtroom drama of the year for Alaska reality TV -- "Alaska State Troopers" meets "Wild West Guns" -- has been called off.Jerzy Shedlock
High tech art, aviators of yesteryear and a champagne book launch in Anchorage. Mike Dunham
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North Pole pulled away in the second half to grab a 45-26 football win over visiting Ketchikan on Wednesday.Alaska Dispatch News
LETTERS: Readers call forth a variety of opinions on topics such as dog waste, obstacles to church attendance, a thanks for a job well done at Hope Resources.Alaska Dispatch News
The Cook Inlet Conference tennis season opened Wednesday with dual-meet action around town.Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska’s top union official said Wednesday he doesn’t believe the state AFL-CIO will endorse anyone for governor if the two leading challengers to Gov. Sean Parnell can’t agree to merge their campaigns.Richard Mauer
Oil companies and their allies spent as much as $170 for every vote they won Tuesday to thwart an oil tax repeal. Candidates across Alaska knocked on thousands of doors and rang countless phones. How did voters respond? With a resounding shrug.  Kyle Hopkins
Coaches in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference picked the Seawolves second in their annual preseason volleyball poll. Alaska Dispatch News
From cheap tickets to free shows and yearly attractions, here are highlights of this year's Alaska State Fair in Palmer. Mike Dunham
The excitement I felt when I noticed Pasta Avanti’s cheerful-looking storefront in downtown Anchorage a few months ago could be summarized in one word: panini.Victoria Barber
Words to live by or bad idea? Wayne and Wanda discuss the latest trends in Internet relationship advice. Wayne and Wanda
On the first day of school, a veteran Anchorage elementary school teacher talks about education challenges, what motivates her year after year and first-day jitters. Marc Lester
The lead-in to the GOP primary for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat has already racked up an unprecedented $15 million in spending. But the real campaign is only just starting: No fewer than five groups independent of the candidates have announced or disclosed new campaign spending this week aimed at influencing the results of the general election.Nathaniel Herz

Cheryl Ondra welcomes her third-grade students back to school at William Tyson Elementary School in Mountain View.

Marc Lester
The school year began Wednesday with the Anchorage School District down 75 positions, mostly from maintenance and administration departments. But all but three of the dozens of teachers who received layoff notices this spring were back in the classroom.Michelle Theriault Boots
Suicide rates for Alaska Natives 70 and older are only half the national rates for that age group, according to information gathered by James Allen, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, and his colleagues.Yereth Rosen
A Rhode Island firm that now owns the housing on Eielson Air Force Base filed suit in federal court Tuesday, saying it is illegal for the Fairbanks North Star Borough to levy $1.855 million in property taxes.Dermot Cole
OPINION: Bristol Bay salmon runs are too enduring and too valuable to risk for comparatively short-term Pebble mine wealth.Norm Van Vactor