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Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

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A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other...

Israel finds support in evangelical Christians Video included

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Evangelical Christian support of Israel can be traced back to the Bible's  Book of Genesis.

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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  • Sen. McCaskill gives $240K to Missouri Democrats

    Sen. McCaskill gives $240K to Missouri Democrats

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:38 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:38:22 GMT
    U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has given $240,000 from her campaign to the Missouri Democratic Party.
    U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill has given $240,000 from her campaign to the Missouri Democratic Party.
  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:36 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:36:53 GMT
    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...
    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

    Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:00:22 GMT
    After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records...
    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...
  • Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

    Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:40:19 GMT
    Sarah Palin is starting her own subscription-based online network.
    Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.
  • Senator's mobile office coming back to northeast AR

    Senator's mobile office coming back to northeast AR

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:40:54 GMT
    The mobile office for U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is returning to northeast Arkansas for two days this week.
    The mobile office for U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is returning to northeast Arkansas for two days this week.
  • Election ordinance voided in north Arkansas city

    Election ordinance voided in north Arkansas city

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-07-28 15:22:00 GMT
    An Arkansas city's failure to advertise an ordinance twice in a newspaper has given another opportunity for residents to run for office as independent candidates.
    An Arkansas city's failure to advertise an ordinance twice in a newspaper has given another opportunity for residents to run for office as independent candidates.
  • Arkansas AG asks to help defend drilling tax break

    Arkansas AG asks to help defend drilling tax break

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-07-28 15:18:26 GMT
    Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants to defend in court a $5 million tax break the Legislature gave the natural gas industry after the state's top finance official said the exemption was unconstitutional.
    Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants to defend in court a $5 million tax break the Legislature gave the natural gas industry after the state's top finance official said the exemption was unconstitutional.
  • Judge strikes down DC handgun ban

    Judge strikes down DC handgun ban

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:11:46 GMT

    A federal court judge ruled Washington, DC’s ban on handguns in public is unconstitutional.

    A federal court judge ruled Washington, DC’s ban on handguns in public is unconstitutional.

  • MO senator touts passage of religious envoy legislation

    MO senator touts passage of religious envoy legislation

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:23 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:23:12 GMT
    U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is touting passage of legislation that authorizes the appointment of a special ambassador to the Middle East focused on religious freedom.
    U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt is touting passage of legislation that authorizes the appointment of a special ambassador to the Middle East focused on religious freedom.
  • Green Party candidate explains why he wants U.S. Senate seat

    Green Party candidate explains why he wants U.S. Senate seat

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-07-27 00:38:26 GMT
    The Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Mark Swaney, said he has a number of issues that differ from his Democratic and Republican opponents.
    The Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Mark Swaney, said he has a number of issues that differ from his Democratic and Republican opponents.
  • 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...
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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%
    976 votes
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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
    17%
    27 votes
    No
    83%
    133 votes
  • Read: Russian troops take over Ukraine's Crimea region »
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  • Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

    Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:39 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:39:26 GMT
    Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and...
    Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working...
  • House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill

    House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:22:26 GMT
    A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate.
    House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending...
  • Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

    Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:17:20 GMT
    A document circulating among White House staff says a Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and...
    A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and...
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