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A major trial involving the tobacco industry went into closing arguments in Bethel on Tuesday.

The Russian Mission airstrip should be fully functional again as soon as Tuesday afternoon. Over the weekend, a group of young children smashed more than 50 runway lights in a single evening, destroying the lighting system. That meant no planes could land after dark, including medevacs.

Nora Guinn Justice Center in Bethel, Alaska.
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On Wednesday, Dolores Hunter vs. Phillip Morris USA went to trial for the third time in seven years. The trial could have wide-reaching implications for the tobacco company. In their opening statements, the attorneys chose to focus on the legacy of a single Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta man whose early death has resulted in 14 years of litigation.


The Nora Guinn Justice Center in Bethel, Alaska.
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Dolores Hunter vs. Phillip Morris USA has already gone to trial twice in Bethel, but the third time might be the charm. Jury selection began at Bethel’s courthouse Monday in what could be a major case against the tobacco company.

A million Alaska Airlines miles have been reported stolen from the Bethel Family Clinic.
KYUK Staff

A million Alaska Airlines miles have been reported stolen from the Bethel Family Clinic.

Gov. Walker pictured at a press conference in the Capitol on March 17, 2015. On April 2 2018, the Governor asked the chairs of both Finance Committees to dedicate $10 million to the state's ailing 911 system.
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On Monday, Governor Walker asked the chairs of both Finance Committees to re-allocate $10 million towards the state’s ailing 911 system. The money was originally proposed for oil and gas research, but the Governor’s office said that this was more important. One in four Alaskans don’t have access to a standard 911 emergency number, and the system has been impairing rural residents' ability to reach first responders for years.


The city of Aniak has erected a cross where Bruce "Gotor" Morgan was killed.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The murder trial of Aniak resident Joseph Yaska was rescheduled again on Thursday. Yaska is accused of killing Bruce “Gotor” Morgan in an attempted mass shooting last August, and the attorneys in his case are still in discovery, trying to piece together what happened.

Aniak hasn’t been the same since the shooting, and Morgan’s friends and family are still struggling to come to terms with it.


The remains of the front entryway where the fire started on the porch of the Kotlik Community Hall on March 26, 2018.
Alvin Aketachunak

Kotlik continues searching for the person allegedly responsible for burning down the village’s Community Hall and is working to replace what the fire destroyed.


The Bethel Police Department's emergency system experienced an outage on March 29, 2018.
Courtesy of the Bethel Police Department.

Update 12:20pm, March 29, 2018: According to the Bethel Police Department, 911 is back up and running again.

911 is down in Bethel, and the police are urging residents to take precautions.

Update March 30, 2018: According to Assistant Public Defender Jane Imholte, State Troopers spotted Michael Redfox near their station for a reason. After three weeks on the run, Redfox was planning to turn himself in on the advice of counsel.

If you’re running from the law, you probably shouldn’t hang out next to an Alaska State Trooper station. An escaped fugitive was arrested in Emmonak this week when the Troopers spotted him on the road by their office.

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