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Gasline battle heats up in homestretch

In one of the final debates before the Nov. 4 election, Gov. Sean Parnell and his challenger Bill Walker jabbed at each other over the gas pipeline, health care, the state budget and in-state energy policy. Parnell, a Republican, is seeking his second full term. He won election in 2010 after finishing out the term of former Gov. Sarah Palin, who resigned in July 2009.

Senate candidates spar over resources, federal overreach

Alaska’s major Senate candidates stuck with what’s got them where they are while debating resource development issues as Election Day closes in. Former state Attorney General and Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan took as many shots at Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama as he did at Sen. Mark Begich. He continually attempted to link the three and pressed Begich on a voting record he claims is in-step with the administration’s positions, a record Begich continually denied.

Municipality of Anchorage seeks $340M for port damage

The Municipality of Anchorage is looking to recoup up to $340 million in the two lawsuits it has against contributors to the failed Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project. Outside municipal counsel Bennett Greenberg said at an Oct. 28 Alaska U.S. District Court hearing in Anchorage that the city hopes to recover a combined $300 million from project manager Integrated Concepts and Research Corp., former port designer PND Engineers and CH2M Hill Alaska, which now owns dock design consultant VECO Alaska.

Alaska Air Group turns a record quarterly profit — again

The cliché that “records are made to be broken” is taken to heart at Alaska Air Group Inc., where yet another record quarterly profit of $200 million was announced Oct. 23. The third quarter adjusted net earnings result is the ninth record in the last 10 quarters for the company that owns both Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. It is also the 22nd consecutive profitable quarter for the company.

Group plan increases smaller than individual rate spikes