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Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan met Wednesday evening for their penultimate debate before Election Day, taking on topics including Ebola, Obama, and sexual assault reporting in the military.
Nathaniel Herz
Allegations from the re-election campaign of Gov. Sean Parnell and DNR commissioner Joe Balash that challenger Bill Walker profited greatly from his work with the Alaska Gasline Port Authority are being disputed by the Walker camp and board members with AGPA.
Alex DeMarban
In a debate Wednesday, Gov. Sean Parnell and his challenger Bill Walker offered opposing views on where to cut from the state's budget in the face of dwindling revenue.
Alex DeMarban
Asserting that Gov. Sean Parnell’s office is holding up disclosure of public documents related to the Alaska National Guard scandal, two media outlets are asking a state judge to call an emergency hearing and order at least some of the material released.
Richard Mauer
The Mat-Su Borough Assembly has voted to opt into a statewide program that waives registration payments for owners of non-commercial trailers or vehicles at least 8 years old despite borough predictions the change could cost an estimated $3.6 million in lost revenue within three years.Mat-SuZaz Hollander
The former Seattle chief of police was in the state to support the movement looking to legalize marijuana in Alaska this week, even as a coalition of Alaska police chiefs opposes the measure.Marijuana Initiative 2014Suzanna Caldwell
For This Wild Life, the transformation from pop-punk rockers to acoustic crooners was as easy as a brief trip to the local music store. MusicChris Bieri
Alcohol can be explicitly banned in Alaska's rural communities, but for marijuana, a long-standing court ruling could keep villages from going completely "dry" on pot.Marijuana Initiative 2014Suzanna Caldwell

Voices

Recruitment suspended because safety is paramount in Anchorage School District

OPINION: When students come to school each day, they deserve to be safe and treated with respect by everyone in the building, including visitors.Ed Graff

Sports

Buoyed by nation's fourth-best attendance, UAA volleyball team ranks second in West Region

Backed by a home crowd that ranks fourth in the nation in Division II attendance, the UAA volleyball team is the No. 2 team in the West Region rankings released Wednesday by the NCAA. Beth Bragg

Adventure

When Nelchina caribou and trigger-happy Alaska drivers intersect

I have hunted the Nelchina herd as long as I can recall and the hunters of today, as a rule, are less knowledgeable than those of 40 or 50 years ago. However, they’re also more courteous and appreciative of the animals they hunt.  John Schandelmeier

News & Politics

Costly campaigns are big business for Alaska media outlets

A torrent of money has flooded into the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Sen. Mark Begich and his challenger, Dan Sullivan. The more than $50 million spent so far has shattered statewide records, and Alaskans can expect the deluge of radio, television and online ads to grow before the Nov. 4 election.Sean Doogan

Arctic

Sami people want to be present in European Union

The Sami Council says a separate office should be maintained in the EU capital of Brussels to ensure that indigenous interests are represented.Trude Pettersen, Barents Observer

We Alaskans

The long, dark road to Teller

Earlier this month, we took a long, 71-mile drive to Teller, the nearest community and the only village accessible by road from Nome. We went to see the Teller Cultural Festival, full of beautiful traditional music and dance. Fog made the return trip dicey. Jenn Ruckel | KNOM

Nation/World

  • A nurse who cared for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone defied a state-imposed quarantine Thursday, leaving her house for a short bicycle ride and setting up a legal fight with the state of Maine. The nurse, Kaci Hickox, left her house on the edge of Fort Kent just after 9 a.m., biking with her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, down a quiet paved road, followed closely by two police cars and a caravan of reporters.

  • Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said he was “proud to be gay” in an essay published early Thursday, becoming by far the most prominent executive of a public company to come out.