WRANGELL Authorities confirmed earlier today that former US Senator Ted Stevens died following a plane crash near Dillingham. Authorities say the plane carrying Stevens, former NASA chief Sean O'Keefe, and seven others crashed Monday night en route to the Agulowak Lodge. Stevens and four others were killed. O'Keefe and his daughter were among the four who survived. Stevens served in the US Senate from 1968-2008. During his time in the Senate, he brought many projects and billions of dollars to Alaska. His long tenure came to an abrupt end in 2008, when he was convicted of seven counts of federal corruptions charges. A few weeks later, he narrowly lost his bid for re-election to current Democratic Senator Mark Begich. Stevens was 86. Here are some reactions from Wrangell.
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