- - Thursday, June 11, 2009


Ex-attorney general wins election

ANCHORAGE — A former Alaska attorney general who represented state workers in the Troopergate investigation has been elected mayor of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Talis Colberg received 63 percent of the vote Tuesday, easily beating six other candidates in the community north of Anchorage.

As attorney general, Mr. Colberg filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven of the nine state workers who challenged legislative subpoenas in the Troopergate probe. That was the Alaska Legislature’s investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin’s firing of her public safety commissioner.

A judge rejected the lawsuit and the employees later testified.

The Legislature found the governor’s husband, Todd Palin, and nine state workers in contempt for ignoring subpoenas. Mr. Colberg resigned four days later.


New Orleans mayor out of quarantine

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin has been released from quarantine in China.

Nagin spokeswoman Ceeon Quiett said Wednesday the mayor was on a plane headed for Australia.

Mr. Nagin, his wife, and a bodyguard had been quarantined since Sunday after a passenger on their flight from New Jersey showed flulike symptoms.

Miss Quiett said Mr. Nagin was planning to make the second leg of an overseas trip with speeches in Australia.

Mr. Nagin said the three were leaving Shanghai in “the best of health and spirits.” He also thanked officials in Shanghai, the U.S. Embassy and others “for prioritizing the health and safety” of the three.

Miss Quiett said Mr. Nagin held two meetings in China on what was billed as an economic development trip before receiving the quarantine notice.

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