- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

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WASHINGTON - Facing off in one of the most contested Senate races in the nation, Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, found something to agree on this week - giving President Barack Obama the authority he’s asked for to train and arm Syrian rebels taking on brutal Islamic State militants. Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst, battling for the Senate in Iowa, also backed the Democratic president. By Erica Werner. SENT: 895 words.

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JUNEAU - Federal officials will visit four University of Alaska campuses next month to review how the university handles sexual violence complaints. KTOO-radio (https://bit.ly/1s8FCxy) reports representatives of the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office will make the visits. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 11 a.m.


FAIRBANKS - Hay farmers in Alaska’s interior are frustrated that their plentiful crops have been dampened by record-breaking rainfall, providing few opportunities for harvesting. It’s the second consecutive year that poor weather conditions have put a crimp in the interior hay crop. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.


- LEAKED LIME JUICE - A mysterious liquid leaking on a cargo jet sent emergency responders to the island that is home to the Ketchikan, Alaska, airport.

- MISSING KAYAKER - The body of a 32-year-old Minnesota man missing east of Cordova, Alaska, has been recovered.

- FISHING COALITION - Regional fishing associations are uniting in an attempt to strengthen the laws that govern fisheries in federal waters.

- DENALI ROAD - Visitors can now drive their private vehicles into Denali National Park and Preserve, weather permitting.

- DENALI-TRANSPORTATION PLAN - National Park Service officials say a public meeting is scheduled to take place next week to discuss the long-range transportation plan for Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve.

- VALDEZ-FISHING BOAT EXPLOSION - A 30-foot commercial fishing boat exploded and burned Wednesday evening in the small boat harbor in Valdez.

- The AP.

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