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Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich faced his Republican challenger, Dan Sullivan, for the first time Wednesday evening in a debate in Anchorage, with the two candidates drawing sharp distinctions between their visions of the state’s future and its path over the nearly six years since Begich was elected.

 

Nathaniel Herz
The software is designed to improve the processing of financial data and handle tasks like accounting, budgeting and benefits administration. The budget for the project is now more than $31 million. Devin Kelly
The software is designed to improve the processing of financial data and handle tasks like accounting, budgeting and benefits administration. The budget for the project is now more than $31 million. Devin Kelly
Almost 70 food vendors are waiting for you at the Alaska State Fair, and you only have one stomach. The odds are stacked -- like a Reuben sandwich -- against you. Which is why eating at the fair is all about strategy.Mara Severin
LETTERS: Readers weigh in on a variety of topics in the news, including the trans-Alaska pipeline, whether Joe Miller has his sights set on 2016, and executive compensation in the UA system.Alaska Dispatch News
LETTERS: Readers weigh in on a variety of topics in the news, including the trans-Alaska pipeline, whether Joe Miller has his sights set on 2016, and executive compensation in the UA system.Alaska Dispatch News
It's still too early to call it a trend but the kind of bands that became popular in MGMT's wake are once again following the duo's lead and trekking to Alaska. Now we're  getting a visit from Foster The People, the third of the decade's buzziest synth-pop bands to visit the state in just the past few months.Matt Sullivan
It's still too early to call it a trend but the kind of bands that became popular in MGMT's wake are once again following the duo's lead and trekking to Alaska. Now we're  getting a visit from Foster The People, the third of the decade's buzziest synth-pop bands to visit the state in just the past few months.Matt Sullivan
A federal indictment alleges that for two years one of the men, an employee of the Las Vegas airport, used his credentials to bring the drugs into the airport without going through security.Jerzy Shedlock
An Alaska Dispatch News analysis estimates the 2014 Permanent Fund dividend could be one of the highest ever paid out but will likely fall short of the record of $2,069 set in 2008.Alex DeMarban,Sean Doogan

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