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These are some news stories that the Alaska Commons team thought you might have missed or should take another look at.


Jobs numbers demonstrate strengthening economy – Heading into Tuesday’s election, it’s important to have a good sense of where we are economically. Here’s a handy primer.

Three US states poised to legalise cannabis and defy ‘war on drugs’ – Imagine what happens if three states vote to decriminalize marijuana in one election. There has not been anything close to such a public objection to the war on drugs.

The 10 Biggest Legal Stories to Watch on Election Night – Some other national stories to keep an eye on Tuesday night.


USS Anchorage will officially join the U.S. Navy on May 4, 2013 – Anchorage getting a new namesake in the navy.

Trooper probe shows Alaska Senate candidate Bob Bell knew how to get around law – Alaska State Troopers say Bob Bell knew enough about the law to use a loophole to skirt its intention to get his controversial set of trophy horns.

Research showcase features zombies – UAF hosted a seminar on Zombies for Halloween!

Kodiak raises latest Wind for Schools turbine – Kodiak school gets some new wind in its sails to power lights and learning.

Alaska pararescuemen receive medals for heroic rescues in Afghanistan – Three Alaska Air National Guard pararescuemen had the distinction of not only receiving Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroic actions in Afghanistan, but they earned this honor during “Operation Bulldog Bite.” In terms of operation names, that should be near the top of the list.