News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. AKDT
CAVE CITY, Ky. (AP) - Mammoth Cave National Park has upgraded a trail as part of a coordinated effort by the National Park Service to increase accessibility to disabled visitors. The Echo River Spring Trail reopened earlier this year after a $1.1 million transformation from a rutted gravel footpath to an 8-foot-wide concrete path. National Park Service accessibility chief Jeremy Buzzell says nine parks across the U.S. have received more than $10 million in federal funding to design and build accessibility projects.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A state investigation has determined that an Anchorage police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man after a reported stabbing near a mall. The Anchorage Daily News reports Officer Randy Morales encountered Zander Clark after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend in the Northway Mall's parking lot in March. Investigators say when Morales found Clark, Clark had a pocket knife in his hand and asked the officer to shoot him.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A world-famous spiritual leader is bringing his mediation practices to Juneau in hopes of teaching locals how to live stress- and violence-free lives. The Juneau Empire reports 1,000 followers are expected to arrive in Juneau to take part in Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's group mediations at Juneau-Douglas High School later this month. Forbes Magazine has called Shankar the fifth most powerful person in India.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska contractor has halted reconstruction work on a highway where a rock fell from a truck and killed a boy riding in a car. Alaska State Troopers say Granite Construction is cooperating with their investigation into the death Thursday on the Sterling Highway. Eight-year-old Noah Schwebach of Eagle River died when a volleyball-size rock fell from a truck and struck the car in which he was riding.
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