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In a forum Tuesday before the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich and his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, exchanged sharply different views on the U.S. economy.

 

Dermot Cole
The two leading gubernatorial candidates -- independent Bill Walker and Republican Gov. Sean Parnell -- tangled over energy and the economy at a crowded debate in Anchorage on Monday, with the proposed mega-LNG project often taking center stage.Alex DeMarban

In the runup to the Nov. 4 general election, Alaska Dispatch News asked candidates for state and federal offices questions on a range of issues. Here are there responses. 

Alaska Dispatch News
Longtime Alaska politician Mark Begich is in the fight of his life to hold onto his U.S. Senate seat. Can he pull off a win against Dan Sullivan, the former state commissioner and attorney general who has never held elected office?Nathaniel Herz
In the last weeks of the most expensive political race in Alaska history, both U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan are making a big push for support in rural Alaska, where their differences are especially distinct.Lisa Demer
With Alaska facing a third straight year of massive deficits, and plunging oil prices threatening to make matters worse, the leading gubernatorial candidates are battling over the budget. Alex DeMarban
Republican Gov. Sean Parnell and his independent challenger, Bill Walker, have starkly different attitudes toward the optional expansion of Medicaid that's part of the Affordable Care Act. At stake is whether thousands of the poorest Alaskans will get health care coverage. Tegan Hanlon
As Washington state's recreational marijuana roll-out continues, many regulatory questions remain up in the air. But that hasn't stopped businesses from pushing ahead -- whether in compliance with the law, or not.Laurel Andrews
Alaskans have already begun voting in this year's elections, with some absentee ballots arriving early enough that the votes may have been cast before complete election pamphlet information was available.Pat Forgey
Two weeks after they were fired and almost immediately unfired, the Alaska National Guard announced that two officers have been fired again, along with a third.Richard Mauer,Jill Burke

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  • Jeffrey E. Fowle, one of three Americans imprisoned by North Korea, has been released and is on his way home after six months of captivity, the White House said Tuesday, easing though not ending a clash between the isolated Asian country and the United States.

  • The chief executive of the French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie, one of the most powerful and colorful figures in the energy industry, was killed when his business jet collided with a snowplow Monday night on the runway of Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow.