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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.
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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.
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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.
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By Rebecca Palsha and Channel 2 News | September 24, 2012
Kristen Reid had four biological children when she was shot and killed, but, she was also raising at least two to three additional children. Her ex-boyfriend, 21-year-old Burkurin Miftari, has been charged with attempted murder, assault and evidence tampering. New charges are expected this week. Reid, an organ donor, was taken off life support last week. Reid's family said the children would like to stay together, but it's uncertain if that's possible. Reid's husband is in jail and some of the children aren't the biological children of either adult.
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By Dan Fiorucci | August 31, 2012
10 days from now, on September 10th, the State Senate will hold a field hearing in Fairbanks to try to get at the bottom of a nagging question:     Why are gas prices in Alaska so high?     This evening (Friday) the website "GasBuddy.Com" showed that Alaska was 41st in the nation in gas prices. In other words, 40 states had gasoline cheaper than ours!     While the average price of a gallon here is $3.93, in Colorado -- the cheapest gasoline-state in the nation -- it was $3.52 -- nearly 40 cents lower.
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By Adam Pinsker | November 23, 2012
It's a tradition that dates back several decades.  360 bulbs burning brightly above Anchorage, as the star on Mt. Gordon Lyon was illuminated Friday. "I get a lot of comments on the Facebook page from people that moved out of state that miss seeing the star," said Donnie Bull, who's been in charge of maintaining the structure since 2003.  "A lot of people grew up with it, they're used to seeing it. " The star will stay lit until after the Iditarod in March, then comeback on for one night: September 11th.
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By Jason Lamb, Ashleigh Ebert and Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | November 12, 2012
We all enjoy dinner out from time to time, but just how safe are the kitchens where you eat? Each month, Anchorage's Department of Health and Human Services slaps restaurants with critical violations -- things that could lead to you getting sick. There are 22 restaurants in Anchorage with six or more critical violations. In a list of those restaurants which DHHS gave to Channel 2, three were tied for first place with nine violations each. One of them was Indian eatery Bombay Deluxe, at 555 W Northern Lights Blvd.
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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.
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By Jason Lamb and Channel 2 News | November 4, 2011
Kerry Fadely was shot and killed at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel in Spenard nearly a week ago, and friends and family are still grieving over her death. Andrea Wiltfong is one such friend. She met Fadely, a 55-year-old manager at the hotel, while working at the Chili's restaurant inside Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. From her home in Wasilla, Wiltfong can keep track of Fadely's growing Facebook page, filled with people leaving messages. Wiltfong says Fadely had become like family to her. She describes her as someone who could make everyone smile.
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By Rebecca Palsha and Channel 2 News | September 20, 2012
Update: 9:30 pm: Kristen Reid's father tells Channel 2 News that medical staff were in the process Thursday night of harvesting her organs for donation. He has been told that process should be finished Friday morning. Ken Malay says his family is finding comfort in knowing his daughter's gift of life will help others. Kristen Reid's family said they expect to take the young mother of four off life support Friday. Her father, Ken Malay, said she was declared brain-dead Wednesday and that her organs will be donated.
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by Michelle Theriault Boots | October 26, 2011
It happens every day of the week in courtrooms all over Alaska. Today, in Judge Michael Spaan's Anchorage courtroom, the applicant is a woman with curly black hair, a mother.  The judge is hearing bail applications and arraignments. She's ushered from the spectator benches to a podium, where she swears to tell the truth.  She looks at her son, accused of assault and weapons charges in a robbery-gone-wrong. He wears an yellow jumpsuit, handcuffed to another detainee in the jury box. She is his ticket to bail, which would mean getting out of jail until his trial.
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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.
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