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The search for the next Anchorage School District superintendent is down to two finalists. Thursday, the board announced the names and described the final selection process, which includes a community forum with each candidate.

Anchorage Police continue to investigate the Sunday night shooting of a toddler who was sleeping in his bed when he was struck by a bullet fired in an adjacent condominium.

Last week residents begin checking into Karluk Manor, the newly converted motel that is now a housing complex for chronic alcohol abusers, in particular those living on the streets, temporary shelters or illegal campsites. For the residents, the facility represents warmth, safety, a new chance and some rules.

Anchorage Police have arrested two boys, 12 and 13 years old, for the armed robbery of a Shell gas station.

The influx of immigrants to Alaska is apparent, particularly in the state’s larger cities. But a newly released study shows the state’s immigrant population–both authorized and unauthorized–is lower per capita than the U.S. average.

The holiday buying season officially kicked off today. To help parents and grandparents shopping for children, the Alaska Public Interest Research Group has released this year’s report of dangerous or potentially dangerous toys.

The Food Bank of Alaska and the faith community combined forces this week to distribute turkeys and all the trimmings for a Thanksgiving meal to families in Anchorage and the Mat Su Valley.

Although many stores started pushing holiday season buying before they cleared away the Halloween items, on Black Friday–the day after Thanksgiving–the attack on our wallets and credit cards begins in earnest.

The biting north winds that buffeted Anchorage earlier this week may have relented, but the pressure on the city’s overnight shelters has not. That’s true even for Bean’s Cafe– primarily known for serving meals, but now functioning as an overflow shelter.

Discrimination against Anchorage's gay, lesbian and bisexual community appears only slightly reduced from 20 years ago. That's according to a survey taken earlier this year whose initial results were released this month.

As reunions go, the yearly patient and family gathering at St. Elias Specialty Hospital provides an unique healing opportunity for patients and staff. KSKA’s Len Anderson attended this Saturday’s third annual celebration and filed this report.

On this Veterans Day, it's worth pointing out that a member of the "Band of Brothers" lives in Anchorage.  The famed HBO cable television series dramatized the service of Easy Company of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Regiment of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.

Bean's Cafe in Anchorage is undergoing a multi-colored transformation. This week three painting crews are redoing the walls of the decades old food kitchen for the poor and homeless. It's part of nationwide campaign by the U.S. Council of Mayors and Benjamin Moore Paints.

While a number of questions remain over the disappearance of University of Alaska Anchorage runner, Marko Cheseto, the most important one was answered early Wednesday morning.

It started with a seat belt infraction stop. But when it was all over, one Anchorage Police officer had been pepper sprayed, another was nearly a hit and run victim and four people were arrested.

Alaska state troopers report a Valdez woman and two children perished Thursday afternoon when their vehicle overturned and partially submerged into Long Lake on mile 86 of the Glenn Highway.

An early Thursday morning shooting in a residence near Palmer has left one man dead. Alaska State Troopers' initial investigation shows Joshua M. Lacy, 26, died at the scene.

Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, Anchorage police and fire personnel responded to a house fire in South Anchorage. Inside the home, they found the body of Susie O. Revia, 92, of Anchorage, who was unable to escape the burning home.

After a quiet summer and early fall for Anchorage homicides, October has proven particularly deadly in the state’s largest city.

The average retail price for regular gasoline fell a half cent last week in Anchorage to $3.93 cents per gallon on Sunday. The national average was $3.47, a two cent drop for the week.