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Alaska’s rape kit backlog is one of the largest in the country

Alaska’s rape kit backlog is one of the largest in the country

Recently released documents show that the backlog of untested rape kits in Alaska’s capitol city, Juneau, is staggering. Out of the 283 sexual assault evidence kits collected since 2000, 206 still remain untested, while the status of three remains “unknown” - disturbing news for a state with a rate of sexual violence nearly three times the national average.

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Suicides are often missing from gun violence data

Suicides are often missing from gun violence data

When it comes the debate around to gun violence, we’re bombarded by tragedies like Columbine, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, the list goes on. But framing the issue around mass shootings misses a crucial point: guns are not only being used to kill other people. Overwhelmingly, they’re being used by people ending their own lives.

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Private prisons among Alaska’s current investments

Private prisons among Alaska’s current investments

As recent Securities and Exchange Commission filings from the Alaska Department of Revenue show, these investments can cover the gamut of companies, as one might expect from a diversified portfolio

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In Alaska, food stamps will get you bows, arrows, and even harpoons

In Alaska, food stamps will get you bows, arrows, and even harpoons

General categories for what can be purchased with funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, have been outlined by the federal government. We requested lists of specific exemptions, and it seems Alaska is definitely an outlier.

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CIA studied Alaskan Stay-Behind efforts for tips on waging guerrilla war

CIA studied Alaskan Stay-Behind efforts for tips on waging guerrilla war

While getting the cold shoulder from the FBI might had ended the CIA’s formal involvement in the Alaskan Stay-Behind plan, declassified documents show that several years later the Agency was looking at the Cold War contingency as a learning opportunity - particular in regards to burying weapons caches.

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