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Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

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Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward...

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

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A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department...

Vote 2014: Primary election runoff results

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The election results from across Arkansas are in and several races have been decided, setting the stage for November's General Election.

AR May Primaries Races & Results Video included

Complete statewide and judicial races, along with results from local races of interest in Region 8 counties.

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  • Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

    Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:34:46 GMT
    President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress...
    Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.
  • House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:32:51 GMT
    The House has overwhelmingly passed a resolution barring President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval.
    The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal...
  • A Better Region 8: Your thoughts on minimum wage initiative

    A Better Region 8: Your thoughts on minimum wage initiative

    We spend a lot of time giving our opinions during the Better Region 8 editorials. Now it's time to hear what you have to say. Earlier this week, we talked about a group working to get last minute signatures to add a proposal to the November ballot that would raise Arkansas' minimum wage.
    We spend a lot of time giving our opinions during the Better Region 8 editorials. Now it's time to hear what you have to say. Earlier this week, we talked about a group working to get last minute signatures to add a proposal to the November ballot that would raise Arkansas' minimum wage.
  • Report: Adding vision, dental would cost $43M

    Report: Adding vision, dental would cost $43M

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:08 AM EDT2014-07-25 11:08:39 GMT
    A report says that adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, but officials say they're not looking at adding on to the program.
    A report says that adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, but officials say they're not looking at adding on to the program.
  • Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

    Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:12 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:12:31 GMT
    The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other...
    The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents...
  • House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

    House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:03:53 GMT
    With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman is offering to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans.
    With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait...
  • Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

    Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:44:56 GMT
    Iraqi officials say militants have attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad, killing 52 prisoners and eight soldiers.
    Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed...
  • Arkansas continues defending 12-week abortion ban

    Arkansas continues defending 12-week abortion ban

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:00 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:00:53 GMT
    Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is continuing to defend the state's 12-week abortion ban to a federal appeals court, arguing the state has a legitimate interest in barring the procedure at that point...
    Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is continuing to defend the state's 12-week abortion ban to a federal appeals court, arguing the state has a legitimate interest in barring the procedure at that point in a...
  • Federal disaster declarations made for 10 counties

    Federal disaster declarations made for 10 counties

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:56:44 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties who suffered losses due to storms that began in the affected areas June 29.
    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties who suffered losses due to storms that began in the affected areas June 29.
  • US gives Arkansas $1 million for winter cleanup

    US gives Arkansas $1 million for winter cleanup

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:53 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:53:25 GMT
    The U.S. Department of Labor is giving Arkansas $1 million to help continue cleanup operations following a December winter storm.
    The U.S. Department of Labor is giving Arkansas $1 million to help continue cleanup operations following a December winter storm.
  • FAA lifts ban on air flight to Israel

    FAA lifts ban on air flight to Israel

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:01 AM EDT2014-07-24 08:01:03 GMT

     Individual U.S. airlines are allowed again to fly to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport. 

     Individual U.S. airlines are allowed again to fly to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport. 

  • No AR law specifically for kids left in cars alone

    No AR law specifically for kids left in cars alone

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:30:34 GMT
    Arkansas does not have any specific laws concerning children left unattended in cars.
    Arkansas does not have any specific laws concerning children left unattended in cars.
  • Former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator campaigning for son

    Former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator campaigning for son

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:15:45 GMT
    Former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator David Pryor and his wife Barbara have been traveling the state campaigning for their son, Senator Mark Pryor, who is working in Washington D.C. right now.
    Former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator David Pryor and his wife Barbara have been traveling the state campaigning for their son, Senator Mark Pryor, who is working in Washington D.C. right now.
  • Wage petitions need at least 15K more signatures

    Wage petitions need at least 15K more signatures

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:52:50 GMT
    Arkansas election officials say a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage needs at least 15,107 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot.
    Arkansas election officials say a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage needs at least 15,107 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot.
  • State says pushing deadline longtime practice

    State says pushing deadline longtime practice

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:56 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:56:08 GMT
    Arkansas election officials say the state has delayed the deadline for submitting the petitions to the following workday for nearly 90 years, as they review a group claiming the state used the wrong deadline for an...
    Arkansas election officials say the state has delayed the deadline for submitting the petitions to the following workday for nearly 90 years, as they review a group claiming the state used the wrong deadline for an...
  • White House: Obama to visit Kansas City next week

    White House: Obama to visit Kansas City next week

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:45 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:45:52 GMT
    The White House has announced President Barack Obama will be in Missouri next week to deliver a speech on the economy.
    The White House has announced President Barack Obama will be in Missouri next week to deliver a speech on the economy.
  • Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

    Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:43 AM EDT2014-07-23 08:43:51 GMT
    By The Associated Press Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.
    By The Associated Press When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots...
  • Obama fundraising amid many challenges

    Obama fundraising amid many challenges

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:05:42 GMT
    Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats.
    Fundraising amid a swirl of overseas and border challenges, President Barack Obama conceded Tuesday that foreign crises are creating anxieties in an American public already worried that a recovering economy is not...
  • Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

    Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:32:17 GMT
    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.
    President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.
  • Region 8 residents appointed to state boards, commissions

    Region 8 residents appointed to state boards, commissions

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:12:20 GMT
    Governor Mike Beebe announced Tuesday the appointments of 43 Arkansans to various state boards and commissions. Among them were several Region 8 residents...
    Governor Mike Beebe announced Tuesday the appointments of 43 Arkansans to various state boards and commissions. Among them were several Region 8 residents...
  • Courts issue conflicting rulings on healthcare exchanges

    Courts issue conflicting rulings on healthcare exchanges

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:11:12 GMT
    If the ruling of a Washington, DC, appeals court holds, millions of Americans may not be able to afford the coverage that puts them in line with the law's requirement that all Americans have insurance.
    If the ruling of a Washington, DC, appeals court holds, millions of Americans may not be able to afford the coverage that puts them in line with the law's requirement that all Americans have insurance.
  • 2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate

    2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:05:02 GMT
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S.
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S.
  • Arkansas AG rejects medical pot measure wording

    Arkansas AG rejects medical pot measure wording

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-07-22 11:28:55 GMT
    Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.
    Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.
  • UN calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine

    UN calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:41:06 GMT
    The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant...
    The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding international access to the site of the plane downed over eastern Ukraine and an end to military activities around the area, following intense...
  • Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

    Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:53:55 GMT
    Federal workers and contractors who are gay and transgender are getting new protections from President Barack Obama.
    President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the...
  • Congressman Tim Griffin in Region 8 Monday

    Congressman Tim Griffin in Region 8 Monday

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:56:37 GMT
    Congressman Tim Griffin was in Region 8 Monday meeting with business owners at St. Bernards Health and Wellness Institute.
    Congressman Tim Griffin was in Region 8 Monday meeting with business owners at St. Bernards Health and Wellness Institute.
  • Dutch anger swells at treatment of Ukraine bodies

    Dutch anger swells at treatment of Ukraine bodies

    Monday, July 21 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-07-21 18:51:34 GMT
    Relatives of Dutch victims killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are meeting with their king, queen and prime minister amid growing anger at the treatment of their loved ones' bodies by...
    The families and friends of Dutch citizens blown out of the sky above Ukraine poured out their grief and anger Monday at a meeting with their monarch and political leaders.
  • Panel approves leasing space for state prisoners

    Panel approves leasing space for state prisoners

    Monday, July 21 2014 2:16 PM EDT2014-07-21 18:16:41 GMT
    A state panel has approved a deal to house as many as 250 Arkansas inmates at an unused portion of the Pulaski County jail as part of an effort to ease prison overcrowding.
    A state panel has approved a deal to house as many as 250 Arkansas inmates at an unused portion of the Pulaski County jail as part of an effort to ease prison overcrowding.
  • Biden to speak at VFW Convention in St. Louis

    Biden to speak at VFW Convention in St. Louis

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:14 AM EDT2014-07-21 13:14:20 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden will be in St. Louis Monday to speak at the VFW National Convention.
    Vice President Joe Biden will be in St. Louis Monday to speak at the VFW National Convention.
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  • Do you feel same-sex marriage should be allowed in Arkansas?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes
    21%
    253 votes
    No
    79%
    975 votes
  • Gay couples marry in Arkansas, most clerks sit out »
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  • Should America provide military support for the new pro-West Ukrainian government?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes
    16%
    26 votes
    No
    84%
    133 votes
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  • Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism

    Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:48:24 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry says he's not concerned about widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and will continue to work toward that goal.
    Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas don't worry him and said he will continue to work toward that goal because Israeli Prime...
  • China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

    China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:47 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:47:47 GMT
    China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into a former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders.
    China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief on Tuesday, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly...
  • US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight

    US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:43:37 GMT
    The United States says there's been "no shred of evidence" that Russia is willing to help end the violence and bloodshed between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government in Kiev.
    The United States on Tuesday said Russia has "not shown a shred of evidence" that it is willing to help end the violence between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government that is trying to maintain its...
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