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Speaking at the annual convention in Anchorage late Friday morning, Rep. Don Young, 81,  said his personal feelings about the topic -- because of the loss of a family member by suicide -- “may have caused me to mangle some of my statements and comments, (and) that’s caused this uproar."

Dermot Cole
“I was asked to remind that this is a nonsmoking venue,” said moderator Steve Johnson before the debate. “This seems particularly relevant.”Suzanna Caldwell
A spokesman for Rep. Don Young said the congressman will be speaking publicly at the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention in Anchorage on Friday and might address the issue of his comments on suicide there. Alex DeMarban
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and Republican opponent Dan Sullivan took their typical campaign themes to a new venue on Thursday, as the two squared off at a natural resources-focused debate sponsored by groups representing the mining, timber and oil industries, among others.Nathaniel Herz
The endorsement came at a reception hosted by Palin on Tuesday night in which she told about 100 guests that she supports Walker and his running mate, Byron Mallott, because she trusts them to responsibly develop Alaska’s resources, said a release from the Walker-Mallott campaign. Alex DeMarban
A national tea party group on Wednesday endorsed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, with tea party favorite Joe Miller appearing in a new radio commercial on Sullivan's behalf.Nathaniel Herz
The U.S. Senate race in Alaska has featured a ferocious debate over incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich’s record, with Republicans relentlessly casting him as a tool of President Barack Obama while Begich, meanwhile, runs television ads asserting his independence from Washington. But a series of comments from Obama this month have complicated Begich’s message.Nathaniel Herz
A day after he told Wasilla High School students that suicide shows a lack of support from friends and family -- just days after a student there committed suicide -- Rep. Don Young was back in the Valley defending his statements, and adding a few more. Zaz Hollander
The most memorable quotes from audio released Tuesday of the September party at which former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's family was involved in a melee.Laurel Andrews
Alaska is either a national leader or laggard on job creation, based on newly released state and national employment data and how you choose to look at the numbers.Pat Forgey

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