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State reconsiders choice of provider to run juvenile lockups

Arkansas officials say a group recently awarded a nearly $16 million contract to run youth lockup facilities is disqualified

  Will Trump let up on McCain attacks? GOP senators hope so

Oaklawn, Southland casino licenses to be considered Saturday

Lawmakers mull 5-year trial run on private school vouchers

Plan would change how nation chooses President

  Bill aims toward raising penalties of animal abuse cases

  Lawmaker seeks to require proof of rabies vaccination

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Arkansas Senate approves tobacco tax increases for tax cuts

The Medicare trust fund is projected to run out of money, but Congress can still act

Arkansas Senate approves Down syndrome abortion ban

Greene Co. holds meeting to educate on property taxes

Tennessee senator proposal student loan repayment change

Efforts aim to stop scams that target seniors

Bill keeping March presidential primary heads to governor

Arkansas is poised to keep its presidential primary in March and hold its nominating contests in May during non-presidential years

Study ranks most, least federally dependent state

The study said Illinois is the fifth least federally dependent state.

Road projects approved by Highway Commission

A $2.2 million contract to resurface nearly six miles of Highway 1 near Wynne was one of several projects approved this week by the Arkansas State Highway Commission, officials said Friday.

Iowa, Illinois lawmakers react to proposed budget cuts to agriculture programs

Crop insurance is an important tool for many Midwest farmers. However, they could end up paying more for it if Congress doesn’t act.

Agency: 13K didn’t meet Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirement

Health Insurance Department takes over Arkansas marketplace

Proposed bill would require MO residents to own an AR-15

In-state tuition for DREAMers, Marshallese advances to AR House

  Encouraging suicide bill approved by state House, heading to Senate

Arkansas House approves governor’s agency reshuffle plan

  A Better Region 8: Arkansas open records law

There's plenty we can complain about, but we are all so blessed to live in the United States.

Hep A bill filed in state House

House Bill 1823, sponsored by Rep. Jack Ladyman, R-Jonesboro, would seek to create rules on the issue.

  Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday.

Arkansas bill: Raise cigarette taxes to pay for tax cuts

State Senator Jim Hendren on Thursday unveiled a $100 million proposal to cut taxes for low-income earners and to raise the state's standard deduction.

Federal judge returns abortion payment case to state court

A federal judge says a state court must consider the appeal of three Arkansas health centers accused of violating a law prohibiting clinics from taking payment for abortion-related services during a 48-hour waiting period

Arkansas court won’t rehear case on Fayetteville ordinance

The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't reconsider its ruling that blocked the city of Fayetteville from enforcing an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

  Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

Weeks of teasing an announcement are behind him, but O'Rourke now must prove whether the energy he brought to the Texas campaign will resonate on a much larger stage.

  Students promote music education at state Capitol

Visual and Performing Arts School in Jonesboro celebrated Music In Our Schools at the Arkansas state Capitol.

Arkansas lawmakers send governor 18-week abortion ban

Arkansas lawmakers have sent the governor legislation banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy, a prohibition that could be the strictest in the country.

Gov. Parson signs Executive Order creating School Safety Task Force

According to Gov. Parson’s office the task force will develop a statewide strategic plan for school safety.

Missouri legislative aide arrested after gun dropped in bar

Jefferson City police say a top aide to a Missouri state senator was arrested after his loaded gun fell to the ground during a bar fight

Arkansas bill demanding info from outside groups advances

A proposal to require outside groups to disclose their donors if they get involved in races for Arkansas' top courts has advanced to the House floor for a vote

  Legislation would protect minors from internet spying

Lawmakers said the legislation strengthens privacy protections for children

  Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it” even as some on her left flank clamor to start proceedings.

Arkansas State Sen. Stephanie Flowers: ‘God will judge me’

An Arkansas state senator who angrily repudiated her senate judiciary colleagues when the committee voted to limit public debate on a gun rights bill has said she stands by her words and won't apologize for her passion

  Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

  Trump’s latest budget ignores deficits that have driven U.S. debt above $22 trillion

Treasury Department figures show a 77 percent spike in the deficit over the first four months of the budget year, driven by falling revenues and steady growth in spending.

  Alabama welcomes Trump days after tornado devastation

President Donald Trump told media he couldn’t get to Alabama “fast enough” after an EF-4 tornado claimed 23 lives. Five days later, he was on the ground.

Arkansas bill demands more info from groups in court races

An Arkansas lawmaker wants to require outside groups spending money on the state's top judicial races disclose their donors, after about $2.5 million worth of mailers and TV ads flowed in ahead of last year's election for a spot on the state's top court

  School counseling bill signed into law

Senate Bill 199 was sponsored by Sen. Breanne Davis (R-Russellville) and Rep. DeAnn Vaught (R-Horatio).

Missouri representative lashes out after vote on amendment blocked

Missouri U.S. Representative Jason Smith is lashing out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for blocking a vote on an amendment he and another House member submitted.

Mayors gather at the White House to discuss funding for the Mississippi River flooding zone

Mayors from towns all along the Mississippi River are gathering in Washington this week to help their communities ahead of flood season.

  Manafort sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

He was convicted in August of eight felony counts for tax fraud and other financial crimes and faced up to 24 years in prison.

Arkansas plan for Daisy Bates, Johnny Cash statues hits snag

An effort to replace Arkansas' statues at the U.S. Capitol with ones depicting singer Johnny Cash and civil rights leader Daisy Bates has hit a snag in the state House

Arkansas lawmakers vote to put highway sales tax on ballot

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to putting on next year's ballot a proposal to permanently extend a half-cent sales tax for state highways

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sues Trump Organization, wants it to pay legal bills

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sues the Trump Organization, saying he is owed $1.9 million.

Hutchinson signs bill turning ex-lockup into veterans center

A defunct correctional facility in southeastern Arkansas will be transformed into a re-entry hub for military veterans under a measure Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law

2 proposed bills could help AR DREAMers

Arkansas lawmakers plan to discuss two house bills Thursday that address the undocumented immigrants who came here as children.

Report: Cohen sought Trump pardon, seemingly contradicting House testimony

The questions about his public testimony comes after a second closed-door hearing before the House Intelligence Committee.

  Arkansas cannabis almost ready for harvest

Behind a fence in Cotton Plant is the first medical marijuana cultivation facility in Arkansas and the first buds just sprouted.

Debt-Free College Act reintroduced by Democrats

The Debt-Free College Act was reintroduced by Democrats in the House and Senate Wednesday in an effort to shrink the number of Americans graduating college with student loans.

Arkansas panel backs expanding execution drug secrecy law

An Arkansas Senate panel has advanced a proposal to expand the state's secrecy surrounding its lethal injection drugs

Senate committee votes down new self-defense bill

Arkansas' Senate Judiciary Committee voted down a bill that would have loosened regulations for the use of deadly force in self-defense

Arkansas panel backs putting half-cent highway tax on ballot

A plan to ask Arkansas voters next year to permanently extend a half-cent sales tax for highways is heading to the state Senate

AG’s office lists Top 10 consumer complaints

The Arkansas Attorney General’s office handles thousands of consumer complaints each year, with automobile sales, repair and service financing hitting the number one spot for 2018.

University asks regents to name Walton court for Richardson

University of Arkansas System regents have been asked to name the basketball court at Bud Walton Arena in honor of former men's basketball coach Nolan Richardson

Legislature sends $20 million to clean up “stump dump” fire

Arkansas' legislature has passed a bill which would appropriate an additional $20 million to the state's Department of Environmental Quality to help clean up a huge underground fire at a former unlicensed northwest Arkansas dump

Arkansas Senate panel endorses 18-week abortion ban

A proposal to ban abortions 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy is heading to the Senate for a vote after lawmakers added exceptions for rape and incest

  Sen. Martha McSally, ex-Air Force pilot, says officer raped her

Sen. Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, said Wednesday that she was raped in the Air Force by a superior officer.

Arkansas panel tables bill removing flag’s Confederate link

An Arkansas House panel has tabled a bill removing the Confederate designation from a star on the state's flag, creating a new obstacle for the proposal days after the Republican governor endorsed the measure

Dems struggle to respond to Rep. Omar over Israel comments

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cautioned Democrats not to question each other's motivation or patriotism. Her remarks come as they pull back from the original plan to vote on a resolution implicitly rebuking Rep. Ilhan Omar for saying lawmakers are under pressure to pledge “allegiance” to Israel.

Arkansas House panel OKs Johnny Cash, Daisy Bates statues

An Arkansas House panel has advanced a proposal to replace the state's two statues at the U.S. Capitol with ones depicting singer Johnny Cash and civil rights leader Daisy Bates

  State requires pesticide, metal testing in medical marijuana

Arkansas is requiring facilities to test medical marijuana for pesticides, THC and CBD levels, and traces of heavy metal.

  North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

Dismantling parts of the long-range rocket launch facility was among several steps North Korea took last year amid diplomatic talks with the United States and South Korea.

Trump pushed staff to give Ivanka Trump security clearance, report says

President Donald Trump tried to pressure top aides to approve a security clearance for his daughter Ivanka Trump, according to a CNN report.

  Bill suggests offering non-religious Bible study in public schools

A proposed bill would add language to a current law regarding Bible study courses in public schools.

  Bill would change disciplinary policies in Arkansas schools

A proposed bill would seek to change public school's disciplinary procedure.

  Students learn political process at state Capitol

Students gathered together at the state capitol for Arkansas Speech Language Association Student Advocacy Day.

  Teen tells Senate why he defied his mom to get vaccinated

An Ohio teen defied his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 — and told Congress on Tuesday that it’s crucial to counter fraudulent claims on social media that scare parents.

Arkansas lawmakers OK changes to ballot initiative process

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a bill overhauling how ballot measures are reviewed and certified

Arkansas highway funding bill heads to governor’s desk

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a bill raising fuel taxes and tapping into expected casino revenue for roads, sending the governor a key part of his highway funding plan

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

  A Better Region 8: Life saving techniques taught in schools

Finding yourself in the middle of an emergency like a car crash or the immediate aftermath of a tornado can happen in a blink of an eye.

  Arkansas lawmaker focuses on bicycle safety

Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View proposed a bill for bicycle safety on public roads.

Arkansas governor backs removing Confederate link to flag

Arkansas' governor backs an effort to change the meaning of a star on the state flag that honors the Confederacy by instead have it acknowledge the contributions of Native Americans to the state

Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

Whitaker was replaced last month when William Barr was confirmed as attorney general. He became a counselor in the associate attorney general's office.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

Arkansas revenue falls below forecast, shutdown blamed

Arkansas' finance office says the federal government shutdown is partly to blame after the state's revenue fell below forecast last month