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By Chris Klint and Adam Pinsker and Channel 2 News | December 4, 2012
Editor's note: This story contains graphic details of a sexual assault and murder; reader discretion is advised. Federal authorities released a series of grim details Tuesday on the kidnapping and killing of Samantha Koenig, the latest revelations in a flood of information released following Israel Keyes' apparent suicide Sunday in his Anchorage Jail cell. FBI Special Agent Jolene Godden and Anchorage Police Department Ofc. Jeff Bell tell Channel 2 Tuesday night that Keyes is believed to have committed a ninth murder in addition to the eight he already mentioned to authorities -- those of Koenig, Bill and Lorraine Currier of Essex, Vt., four victims in Washington state and one on the East Coast.
NEWS
Michelle Theriault Boots | May 13, 2011
In the last 10 years, Alaska’s Hispanic population has jumped by 51.8 percent, making it the fastest growing minority group in the state. Daniel Esparza, who grew up in Zacatecas, Mexico is in a good position to consider the long view: He’s a Mexican-American who has lived in Alaska for 37 years. To him, it’s obvious what’s drawing people to the Northernmost U.S. state: “It’s adventure and opportunity,” he said. The highlights of the Census data released this week included: -Alaska's Hispanic population was 25,852 in the 2000 Census to 39,249 in the 2010 Census - The number of people who identified themselves as being of Mexican descent jumped from roughly 13,300 to 21,600 - People who identify themselves as Mexican make up 55 percent of Alaska’s whole Hispanic population, followed by  Puerto Rican and Cuban -While Hispanics now make up 5.5 percent of Alaska’s population in 2010, that’s still much less than the 16.3 percent they make up of the entire U.S. population.
BUSINESS
By Garret Wong and Channel 2 Financial Correspondent | May 3, 2011
As we approach the summer construction season, many homeowners are planning for  home improvements. But some renovations get a better return for the dollars you spend. Thanks to Sarah Haltness, a real estate specialist at Dynamic Realty, for her assistance with this list. Home improvement value recovery is really dependent upon the neighborhood standards. If your home is generally “dated,” or behind the general neighborhood standard, you’ll likely get more for your dollars spent.
SPORTS
By Channel 2 News staff | March 4, 2011
1925: In response to a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, 20 mushers and more than 100 dogs relay a 20-pound cargo of serum from Nenana to Nome, covering 674 miles from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2. A statue of Balto, the lead dog in the team that pulled Norwegian musher Gunnar Kaasen into Nome, is later erected in New York City’s Central Park. Contemporary mushers credit Leonhard Seppala and his team’s lead dog, Togo, for covering the run’s most dangerous sections and carrying the serum farther than any other team.
NEWS
By Austin Baird and Channel 2 News | July 12, 2013
Editor's note: This story contains a graphic description of the crime. An Anchorage woman's family has received a measure of justice in her cold-case killing Friday, as a man who admitted to playing a part in her stabbing death 13 years ago was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Derrick Torian apologized to the family of his victim, 28-year-old Genevieve Tetpon, but when addressing the court he focused on how the sentence will affect him personally than on how his actions forever affected many lives.
NEWS
By Corey Allen-Young and Channel 2 News | August 14, 2013
Excitement is in the air as the possibility of new restaurants coming to Anchorage piques locals' interest -- but while rumors swirl, which businesses are actually breaking ground? Anchorage Economic Development Corp. President Bill Popp says the Tikahtnu Commons shopping area in East Anchorage will soon be home to the national chain Texas Roadhouse, a new eatery owners he hopes residents will enjoy. "They are taking advantage of the fact that Alaskans love to eat and we love good food," Popp said.
NEWS
February 8, 2012
Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the country. The rate of suicide in the United States was 12.0 suicides per 100,000 people in 2009 (the most recent year available from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control). In 2010, Alaska's rate was 22.6 suicides per 100,000 people. Alaska had 1,389 suicides between 2001 and 2010 - an average of 139 deaths by suicide per year. At least one suicide occurred in 176 Alaskan communities between 2000 and 2009.
NEWS
By Dan Fiorucci and Channel 2 News | September 22, 2012
The Air Force believes that it's solved the years-long mystery of why F-22 pilots have suffered potentially dangerous, hypoxia-like symptoms aboard the world's most advanced jet fighter. And the answer is so insanely simple, some Congressmen don't believe it. It's primarily clothing! According to Congressional Testimony by NASA and Air Force experts earlier this month, the problem lies with an inflatable combat vest that was worn -- in combination with rubberized cold-weather survival gear needed for ejection by pilots over cold water.
NEWS
By Chris Klint and Neil Torquiano and Channel 2 News | February 18, 2013
STORY UPDATED AT 8:38 p.m. 2/18/13: On day two of the Iron Dog race, five teams scratched, leaving 34 teams on the trail, as of early Tuesday evening. Iron Dog officials said mechanical issues hit three teams and injuries took two others, and said it has “ not yet received any word of any life threatening injuries .” Details of the injuries have yet to be released, but a couple of rookie teams scratched at the McGrath checkpoint due to injuries, including Team 4 of Chad Dow and Chris Kruse after declaring their 14-hour layover and took out Team 5 of Ray Chvastasz and Jens Hopson.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2010
by Ashton Goodell, Rebecca Palsha and Lori Tipton Wednesday, February 17, 2010 ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Joshua Wade pleaded guilty to the murder of Mindy Schloss and admitted to killing Della Brown Wednesday. Wade was sentenced to the maximum 99 years in state court for Schloss' murder. He will not serve time for Brown's murder because he was acquitted of it in 2003. In federal court, Wade was sentenced to life in prison. In the deal, Wade will not face the death penalty and Brown's family gets an admission of guilt 10 years after the fact.
NEWS
by Rhonda McBride | September 1, 2010
With help from the First Alaskans Institute, two Anchorage radio personalities say they're working hard to heal a rift that began with a mock commercial they say was meant to be funny. Some have called it a journey aimed at healing racism in Anchorage, and on Wednesday KWHL broadcasters Bob Lester and Mark Colavecchio sat down in a traditional Native talking circle to say they've come a long way -- and learned the lesson that humor doesn't have to hurt. Lester and Colavecchio walk an on-air tightrope, where their brand of irreverent humor sometimes teeters on the edge of bad taste.
NEWS
by Jason Lamb and Channel 2 News | July 13, 2012
A cat named Stubbs has been the mayor of Talkeetna for nearly all of his life -- no joke. It's been that way for more than a decade in the small tourist town that boasts nearly 900 residents. The part-manx was named honorary mayor shortly after his birth, and now locals all know the cat as "Mayor Stubbs. " "He was just in the Alaska Magazine, and he's been featured in a few different things," said Lauri Stec, who works at Nagley's General Store in Talkeetna, where Stubbs hangs out most of the time.
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