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

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

Taylor Farms Recalling Bagged Salads

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Alaska heath officials say Taylor Farms Retail Inc. is recalling bagged salad blends that may be contaminated by salmonella.

Fort Yukon Man Receives Presidential Honor

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Yesterday in Washington, D.C., Clarence Lee Alexander of Ft. Yukon received the Presidential Citizen's Medal from President Barrack Obama. Alexander was one of this year's 13 recipients nationwide.

ASRC Shareholders Will Receive $34.31 Per Share Dividend

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Arctic Slope Regional Corporation shareholders will be receiving $34.31 per share in the Alaska Native corporation's fall dividend distribution. The average ASRC shareholder owns 100 shares. The dividend will be issued in December.

Babb Denied Pretrial Release in Contracting Scam

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All four men charged in what federal prosecutors call one of the largest government contracting frauds will remain behind bars.

Southcentral Residents Asked to Reduce Energy Usage for Test

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For two hours this evening residents of Southcentral Alaska are being asked to reduce voluntarily their energy use. The 6-8:00 p.m. test involves the Matunuska Susitna and Kenai Peninsula Boroughs, along with the Municipality of Anchorage.

Soldotna Woman After Being Struck By Vehicle

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Alaska State Troopers report a Soldotna woman died early Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle driven by her husband.

Two Dead, Two Wounded in Anchorage Shooting

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Two people are dead and two wounded in an early morning shooting at a Northeast Anchorage bar. Lt Dave Parker of the Anchorage Police Department says about 15 minutes after midnight, the dispatch center began receiving multiple calls about a shooting in progress.

Alaska Airlines and Mechanics Union Reach Tentative Agreement

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Alaska Airlines and the carriers aircraft maintenance mechanics union along with related employees have reached a tentative agreement on a new, five-year contract, according to the Seattle Times. The over 600 union members still must ratify the agreement. That vote's expected next month.

Anchorage Police Seek Public Help with Fatal Hit and Run

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Anchorage Police are seeking a hit and run driver who killed a young woman early Tuesday Morning. A little after 3 a.m. a motorist called police to report a body on the street fronting the Northway Mall. The victim was identified as Geraldine Burns, 25, an Alaska Native and mother of two.

Local Ballots Produce State Interest

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Today municipalities and boroughs across Alaska are holding local elections with some ballot items attracting statewide interest. Leading the list is the ballot initiative against the proposed Pebble Mine in the Lake and Peninsula Borough.

Anchorage Based Brigade Set to Deploy

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About 3500 soldiers stationed at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson will deploy next month to Afghanistan. The 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division's deployment is for one year.

Anchorage Gas Prices Fall Slightly

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Gas Prices fell a little over one cent last week in Anchorage, averaging on Sunday $3.85 a gallon for regular. The national average fell six cents to $3.46 a gallon, according to GasBuddy.com. The Anchorage price is 50 cents higher than one year ago.

Austism in the Schools

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The number of diagnosed autistic and Asperger syndrome children in Anchorage continues to rise. KSKA's A Closer Look focuses on some of the educational programs for those children and their parents. KSKA: Monday 10/3 at 1:00 pm Saturday 10/8 at 6:30 pm

NANA Announces Shareholder Dividend

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Thursday, NANA Regional Corporation announced a per share dividend of $14.70.

Fire Island Wind Project, Chugach Electric Agreement Facing Tough Opposition

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This week, the power purchase agreement between Chugach Electric Association and the Fire Island Wind Project has come before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska for its needed approval.

City Residents Without Health Insurance Can Now Get Prescription Discounts

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Anchorage residents now qualify for a discount on prescriptions not covered by their insurance or if they have no insurance at all for prescribed medicines.

South Central Mayors Encourage Energy Thriftiness

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South Central Alaska may be enjoying a mild fall, but three regional mayors are looking toward winter. In particular, they’re concerned about the public knowing how to respond should natural gas supplies be interrupted during a cold spell.

Volunteers Survey Anchorage’s Homeless

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For three days this week, a little over 100 volunteers walked Anchorage streets and trails, moved about the woods and visited shelters to survey the city’s chronic homeless.

Over 90,000 Alaskans Seek Assistance from Food Pantries

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Over 90,000 Alaskans sought food assistance for food pantries, soup kitchens in 2010.  Some only once, but the vast majority more than once, sometimes in the same week.   KSKA’s Len Anderson has more on...