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Wage petitions need at least 15K more signatures

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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.

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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  • 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...
  • Ross bests Hutchinson in June fundraising

    Ross bests Hutchinson in June fundraising

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-07-16 10:50:31 GMT
    Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross is reporting raising more than $296,000 last month, and spending more than twice as much as he brought in as he edged out Republican rival Asa Hutchinson in fundraising.
    Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross is reporting raising more than $296,000 last month, and spending more than twice as much as he brought in as he edged out Republican rival Asa Hutchinson in fundraising.
  • New guidelines could help many pregnant workers

    New guidelines could help many pregnant workers

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 4:51 AM EDT2014-07-16 08:51:24 GMT
    New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom.
    New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom.
  • House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

    House votes to extend moratorium on Internet taxes

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:26:16 GMT
    The House has voted to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.
    The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.
  • House passes highway bill as deadline looms

    House passes highway bill as deadline looms

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:22:35 GMT
    The House is poised to act on a bill that would temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put the programs on sound financial...
    With an August deadline looming, the House voted Tuesday to temporarily patch over a multibillion-dollar pothole in federal highway and transit programs while ducking the issue of how to put them on a sound financial...
  • Labor market still needs Fed support, chair says

    Labor market still needs Fed support, chair says

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-07-15 21:03:24 GMT
    Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen will have some good news to tell Congress this week about the health of the labor market. But lawmakers will likely press her to provide more information on just how the...
    Despite recent sizable job gains, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is signaling that her agency is in no rush to withdraw the massive support it is providing the U.S. 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:

    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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  • Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

    Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:32:53 GMT
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he's worried there's a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs.
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he's worried there's a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs.
  • Judges in health care rulings vote party line

    Judges in health care rulings vote party line

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:01 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:01:58 GMT
    Six federal judges on two appeals courts have weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.
    In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.
  • Russian activists convicted of organizing riots

    Russian activists convicted of organizing riots

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:51 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:51:59 GMT
    Russian news agencies say two opposition activists have been convicted of organizing riots at the May 2012 protest in Moscow, a day before the re-election of President Vladimir Putin.
    Russian news agencies say two opposition activists have been convicted of organizing riots at the May 2012 protest in Moscow, a day before the re-election of President Vladimir Putin.
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