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Federal disaster declarations made for 10 counties

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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.

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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  • 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.
  • Pro-Russian militants agree to hand over MH-17 flight records

    Pro-Russian militants agree to hand over MH-17 flight records

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:11:34 GMT
    U.S. intelligence analysis makes a case against pro-Russian rebels in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. 
    U.S. intelligence analysis makes a case against pro-Russian rebels in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. 
  • 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.
  • Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

    Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-07-21 12:10:15 GMT
    Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet."
    Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet."
  • Amid bloodshed, frenetic Gaza hospital improvises

    Amid bloodshed, frenetic Gaza hospital improvises

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-21 00:20:17 GMT
    In the heart of Gaza City, as its citizen again find themselves under fire from Israeli airstrikes and artillery, the wounded and their wailing families stream into Shifa Hospital without end.
    In the heart of Gaza City, as its citizens again find themselves under fire from Israeli airstrikes and artillery, the wounded and their wailing families stream into Shifa Hospital without end.
  • Arkansas GOP opposes term limits, ethics measure

    Arkansas GOP opposes term limits, ethics measure

    Sunday, July 20 2014 7:41 AM EDT2014-07-20 11:41:27 GMT
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Republicans have voted to oppose a ballot measure that would loosen the state's term limits and tighten state ethics laws.Delegates at the state GOP's convention on Saturday approved a resolution opposing the proposed constitutional amendment appearing on the November ballot. The resolution cited concerns a part of the proposal to set a 16-year limit on serving in the Legislature. House members are currently restricted to serving three two-year terms, and sen...
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Republicans have voted to oppose a ballot measure that would loosen the state's term limits and tighten state ethics laws.Delegates at the state GOP's convention on Saturday approved a resolution opposing the proposed constitutional amendment appearing on the November ballot. The resolution cited concerns a part of the proposal to set a 16-year limit on serving in the Legislature. House members are currently restricted to serving three two-year terms, and sen...
  • Under threat, Iraq's Christians flee city of Mosul

    Under threat, Iraq's Christians flee city of Mosul

    Saturday, July 19 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-07-19 19:30:28 GMT
    Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has rammed a car packed with explosives into a checkpoint in southern Baghdad, killing at least seven people, including four policemen.
    The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.
  • More time given for alcohol measure petitions

    More time given for alcohol measure petitions

    Saturday, July 19 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-07-19 14:43:22 GMT
    Supporters of a proposal to expand alcohol sales in Arkansas are being given 30 more days to gather signatures after falling short in their effort to win a spot on the November ballot.
    Supporters of a proposal to expand alcohol sales in Arkansas are being given 30 more days to gather signatures after falling short in their effort to win a spot on the November ballot.
  • Credible probe sought in downing of Malaysian jet

    Credible probe sought in downing of Malaysian jet

    Saturday, July 19 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-07-19 04:06:35 GMT
    Rescue workers, policemen and even off-duty coal miners are combing the area adjacent to the site in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysian jetliner crashed on Thursday, killing all 298 aboard.
    World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the...
  • Officials: Up to $100M needed for new prison

    Officials: Up to $100M needed for new prison

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:43 AM EDT2014-07-18 10:43:05 GMT
    Arkansas corrections officials are talking about prison overcrowding with lawmakers, just a couple weeks after the Legislature approved additional money aimed at opening more beds for state inmates.
    Arkansas corrections officials say they'll ask lawmakers next year for between $75 million and $100 million to build a new prison to ease overcrowding.
  • Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce

    Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:51 AM EDT2014-07-18 07:51:43 GMT
    The Israeli military says it has struck 37 targets in Gaza ahead of a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire meant to allow civilians to stock up after 10 days of fighting.
    The heavy thud of tank shells, often just seconds apart, echoed across the Gaza Strip early Friday as thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion, escalating a 10-day campaign of heavy air bombardments to try...
  • Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge

    Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:54:28 GMT
    President Barack Obama is hitting the road again on a weeklong push on spending for roads, bridges and other public works.
    President Barack Obama announced a new program Thursday to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads and bridges as he criticized Congress for refusing to approve a more lasting source of funding.
  • Prospects fade for resolution on border crisis

    Prospects fade for resolution on border crisis

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:19:57 GMT
    The White House is meeting growing resistance from both the left and the right as it pushes a multibillion-dollar emergency spending bill for the border.
    Prospects for action on the nation's border crisis faded Thursday as lawmakers traded accusations rather than solutions, raising chances that Congress will head out for its summer recess without doing anything about...
  • House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving

    House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving

    Thursday, July 17 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-07-17 18:28:23 GMT
    The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators.
    The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators.
  • Prisons officials to talk about overcrowding

    Prisons officials to talk about overcrowding

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:10 AM EDT2014-07-17 11:10:03 GMT
    Arkansas corrections officials are talking about prison overcrowding with lawmakers, just a couple weeks after the Legislature approved additional money aimed at opening more beds for state inmates.
    Arkansas corrections officials are talking about prison overcrowding with lawmakers, just a couple weeks after the Legislature approved additional money aimed at opening more beds for state inmates.
  • Plan submitted to split California into 6 states

    Plan submitted to split California into 6 states

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:18:54 GMT
     Tim Draper, who has made billions in the technology sector, submitted enough signatures to put the issue on a statewide ballot in 2016.
     Tim Draper, who has made billions in the technology sector, submitted enough signatures to put the issue on a statewide ballot in 2016.
  • GOP, Dems fight over legality of suing Obama

    GOP, Dems fight over legality of suing Obama

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-07-16 18:00:31 GMT
    Constitutional lawyers backing a planned House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama say the action is justified because Obama went too far in carrying out his health care law.
    A planned House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama is justified because his actions carrying out his health care law dangerously exceed his powers, constitutional lawyers backing the litigation told...
  • Minimum wage plan meets initial signature count

    Minimum wage plan meets initial signature count

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-07-16 17:30:17 GMT
    A proposal to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot after petitions for the measure passed an initial signature count.
    A proposal to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot after petitions for the measure passed an initial signature count.
  • Senate derails Army bid to take Guard helicopters

    Senate derails Army bid to take Guard helicopters

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:18 AM EDT2014-07-16 11:18:51 GMT
    The Army is losing the initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military...
    The Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders.
  • No hints from Hillary Clinton on 'The Daily Show'

    No hints from Hillary Clinton on 'The Daily Show'

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:18 AM EDT2014-07-16 11:18:27 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't give Jon Stewart any hints about whether she will run for president, but acknowledged during Tuesday's taping of "The Daily Show" that the speculation surrounding her possible...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Jon Stewart no hints about whether she will run for president, but acknowledged during Tuesday's taping of "The Daily Show" that the speculation surrounding her possible candidacy has become...
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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%
    974 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
    16%
    26 votes
    No
    84%
    133 votes
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  • House advances lawsuit bill

    House advances lawsuit bill

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:53 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:53:46 GMT
    Republicans have cleared legislation for a vote in the House that authorizes the filing of an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law.
    Republicans have cleared legislation for a vote in the House that authorizes the filing of an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law.
  • Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:53 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:53:39 GMT
    A Democratic senator says he'll block arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces.
    An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.
  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:44 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:44:17 GMT
    Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.
    Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.
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