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Parnell, Walker outline Alaska Native views

Friday, October 24, 2014 12:45pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Republican Alaska incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell and independent challenger Bill Walker weighed in on various issues during a candidate forum at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. Parnell told the audience Friday that his administration has worked hard on improving education opportunities in rural Alaska, including efforts to equalize school construction across the state. Walker said he would push to develop opportunities through technical training that could create more opportunities for local hires. The candidates gave different views on health care. Parnell says he does not support Medicaid expansion in its present form, saying it would place too much financial burden on states. Walker says he would expand Medicaid, saying it's something Alaskans have already paid for. The convention is the state's largest yearly gathering of Alaska Natives.

Wrangell doctor indicted on child porn charges

Friday, October 24, 2014 12:30pm
- WRANGELL, Alaska (AP) - A Wrangell doctor has been indicted on child pornography charges. KSTK reports Greg Salard was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on felony counts alleging child-pornography distribution and possession. Federal public defender Cara McNamara, who is representing Salard, declined to comment Friday. Salard is accused of being in possession of child porn when he was arrested last week after a search warrant was served at his home. Authorities say Salard also made child pornography available through a file-sharing network. He is in custody and scheduled for arraignment Tuesday. Until his arrest, Salard was working as a family doctor for Alaska Island Community Services. He also had a contract with Wrangell Medical Center. Island Community Services executive director Mark Walker says Salard is no longer practicing for either organization.

Paper lantern launch causes disruption

Friday, October 24, 2014 11:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Officials at an Anchorage air field had to briefly reroute traffic follow the release of paper lanterns during an interfaith event in the area.The lantern release, during an event in support of victims of domestic violence, came as a surprise to Anchorage police, who said lanterns appeared in the path of airplane traffic at Merrill Field on Thursday night. Sgt. Shaun Henry told the Alaska Dispatch News police received calls about rerouted planes and a lantern landing on a vehicle. No injuries or accidents were reported. A police spokeswoman said no citations were issued. Jenny Michaelson, with the Archdiocese of Anchorage, said the launch was meant as part of a positive community event. She said no harm was meant.

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