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APD Investigating Shooting Of Toddler

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.

Karluk Manor is Proving Popular with Street People

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.

Two Anchorage Adolescents Arrested In Armed Robbery

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

State’s Immigrant Population Lower Than National Average

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.

Group Releases Report on Dangerous, Potentially Dangerous Toys

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.

Thanksgiving Blessing Project Enters Eighth Year

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.

Preparation and Caution Key to Holiday Shopping

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.

Harsh Weather Puts Pressure on Anchorage Homeless Shelters

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.

Anti-Gay Bias Continues in Anchorage

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.

Patients, Family Gather at St. Elias Specialty Hospital

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.

‘Easy Company’ Soldier Resides in Anchorage

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 Basks in Color

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.

Cobb: ‘Elation Just Doesn’t Seem Like a Strong Enough Word’

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.

One Traffic Stop Produces Two Chases and Four Arrests

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.

Woman, Two Children Die After Car Rolls into Long Lake

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.

Palmer Shooting Leaves One Dead

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.

One Dead in South Anchorage Fire

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.

Three Dead in Separate Anchorage Homicides

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

Anchorage Gas Prices Fall Slightly

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.

Congressman Calls for Expanded Investigation into EyakTek, Army Corps of Engineers Scandal

Democratic Massachusetts Congressman, Ed Markey, wants to expand the investigation into the kickback scandal involving the Army Corps of Engineers and Eyak Tek.