May 17, 2009 12:36 PM

Rural Alaska leads nation in suicides

After decades of planning and spending, training and talking, suicide continues to take the lives of rural Alaskans at a distorted, alarming pace. Last year, 162 Alaskans killed themselves, according to preliminary numbers from the Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics. That's the most ever recorded in the state and roughly twice the national average rate. And in rural Alaska, it's even higher.

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