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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...

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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  • Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:47:52 GMT
    Rep. Jeff Miller's background as a real estate broker will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion veterans health care bill to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members dead...
    The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health...
  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:01:17 GMT
    House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to...
    House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would...
  • Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

    Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:01:02 GMT
    Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel.
    Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong...
  • Lottery ticket would aid Missouri veterans

    Lottery ticket would aid Missouri veterans

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:45:24 GMT
    Proceeds from sales of Missouri Lottery tickets have gone exclusively toward education since 1992. A ballot measure next month would allow veterans to share in some of the take.
    Proceeds from sales of Missouri Lottery tickets have gone exclusively toward education since 1992. A ballot measure next month would allow veterans to share in some of the take.
  • Millions spent on Missouri road, farm proposals

    Millions spent on Missouri road, farm proposals

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:40 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:40:24 GMT
    The battle over of a Missouri proposal creating a constitutional right to farm has topped $1 million.
    Two proposals on Missouri's August ballot are attracting millions of dollars of campaign spending.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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:

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    21%
    253 votes
    No
    79%
    979 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%
    28 votes
    No
    83%
    133 votes
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  • Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

    Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:02:00 GMT
    The U.N.'s top human rights official is accusing Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war.
    Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.
  • Driving high questioned on busy day in Congress

    Driving high questioned on busy day in Congress

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:59:05 GMT
    Amid all the debates on Capitol Hill, lawmakers are also wondering whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous.
    Amid rancorous debate over other weighty issues Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers who are "high"...
  • US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire

    US, UN announce deal on Gaza cease-fire

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:00:10 GMT
    The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.
    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday.
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