Arkansas governor’s nephew pleads not guilty to charges

A former Arkansas lawmaker who is a nephew of the state's governor has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he spent thousands of dollars in campaign funds on trips, groceries and other personal expenses.

Trump declassifies documents related to FBI Russia probe

President Donald Trump on Monday declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI's Russia investigation, including portions of a secret surveillance warrant and former FBI Director James Comey's text messages.

Arkansas AG hopeful: Increase fines for ethics violations

A Democrat running for attorney general in Arkansas is proposing increasing the fines for violating the state's ethics laws and expanding what lobbyists must report in response to corruption probes that have involved several former lawmakers.

Arkansas chief justice recuses from 2nd casino measure case

Arkansas' chief justice has now stepped aside from hearing both challenges to a proposed ballot measure that would legalize four casinos in the state.

Kavanaugh discussions come to Missouri

Tensions continue on both sides as Supreme Court hearings ended this week. Democrats and Republicans are arguing over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

Can you pass the test on National Constitution and Citizenship Day?

National Constitution and Citizenship Day

  McCaskill, Hawley debate in St. Louis

Senator Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger Josh Hawley met in their first debate-style matchup on Friday, September 14.

Kavanaugh denies allegation of sexual misconduct in high school

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Arkansas may sue college for kickback-tainted grants

Arkansas' attorney general is considering a request to sue a private Christian college to reclaim at least $600,000 of kickback-tainted grants the college received from state funds.

Pence to campaign in Arkansas for Republican congressman

Vice President Mike Pence is headlining a rally in Arkansas next week.

MO House votes to override budget vetoes

The Missouri House has voted to override Gov. Mike Parson's vetoes of about $785,000 of budgeted expenditures for services benefiting hospitals, youth and the deaf.

Second lawsuit filed challenging Arkansas casino measure

A second lawsuit has been filed challenging a ballot measure that would legalize four casinos in Arkansas.

  City council candidates answer questions at public forum

Elections are right around the corner, and it's important for people to know who they're voting for.

Gubernatorial debate with Jared Henderson-D and Mark West-L

Tonight’s debate underway with Democratic nominee Jared Henderson and Libertarian candidate Mark West participating in a gubernatorial Q&A debate forum with television journalists from KAIT, KATV, KFSM and Talk Business & Politics through a live-stream on all 4 news outlets' websites and Facebook

Pence: I'm confident no one on my staff wrote the NYT column

Vice President Mike Pence says he's "100 percent confident" that no one on his staff was involved with the anonymous New York Times essay criticizing President Donald Trump's leadership

Bangkok meet fails to finalize draft on climate change rules

An international meeting in Bangkok has fallen short of its aim of completing fruitful preparations so an agreement can be reached in December on guidelines to implement the 2015 Paris climate change agreement

Bredesen seeks votes from women in Tennessee Senate race

Republican Marsha Blackburn could make history by becoming the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in Tennessee

Senate concludes Kavanaugh hearing; confirmation likely

After senators spent two marathon days questioning Brett Kavanaugh, they concluded his Supreme Court confirmation hearing Friday by hearing from friends, foes and legal experts

  Floyd Bonner sworn in as first elected African-American sheriff of Shelby County

Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. was sworn into office as the first elected African-American sheriff of Shelby County among a sea of who’s who in county and city government, including mayors Jim Strickland and Lee Harris.

Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones, Infowars, citing abuse

Twitter is permanently banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Infowars for abusive behavior

Former Arkansas lawmaker sentenced to 18 years in prison

A former Arkansas state senator has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme.

Trump rips searing Times op-ed from unnamed senior official

A senior Trump administration official writes an opinion piece in The New York Times claiming to be part of a group of people "working diligently from within" to impede President Donald Trump's "worst inclinations" and ill-conceived parts of his agenda

  Stiff contest expected for Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation

The confirmation battle over a coveted seat on the nation's highest court kicks off on Tuesday.

Trump’s disapproval rating reaches all-time high

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Friday 60 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Trump is doing.

  Attorneys say Republican state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson plans to resign

State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson is charged with eight counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns.

  Texas, Arkansas governors to celebrate AR-TX REDI

The governors will meet on the state line for the inveiling of a new regional unified economic development corporation AR-TX REDI.

Arkansas Senate works to stream video

Arkansas senators are working to implement video streaming of the chamber and its committee meetings.

  Election commission makes changes ahead of November election

Important Election Day changes were finalized Monday at the Craighead County Election Commission meeting.

Outside groups dominate spending in Missouri campaigns

Large donations are flowing into Missouri through independent political action committees after voters amended the state constitution to cap contributions to individual candidates.

Police chief, mayor to decide what upgrades take priority with sales tax approval

Harrisburg citizens have cast their ballots and decided to keep a sales tax.

  Poinsett County sales tax meetings set

A series of town hall meetings will be held over the next couple of months to give people in Poinsett County an opportunity to learn more about a proposed one-cent countywide sales tax this fall.

  City council votes to deed library building to MCLS

A resolution passed unanimously and now puts a Region 8 public library one step closer to its goal.

Judge orders release of Arkansas attorney general's records

A judge has ordered the public release of a portion of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's past personnel record ahead of the November election.

Disciplinary panel doesn't dismiss complaint by judge's execution protest

On Monday, the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission denied the Pulaski County Circuit Judge's motion to dismiss the ethics complaint about his participation in an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the governor's mansion.

Ashcroft investigating why polling place opened late

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is investigating why a suburban St. Louis polling place opened 90 minutes late for this month's primary election.

Filing period ends for municipal races in region

Voters in the region will head to the polls this fall to decide a series of federal, state and local races on the ballot.

Pro-casino group raises $1M in July for Arkansas proposal

An organization working to legalize casinos in Arkansas says it raised more than $1 million last month from two American Indian tribes in neighboring Oklahoma.

Sen. Cotton says he's running for reelection in 2020

Arkansas' junior U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton says he's running for reelection in 2020, but that his focus now is on helping Republicans win state and national offices in this year's midterm races.

Dunklin County residents vote against two propositions to fund new hospital

Dunklin County voters voted against two propositions that would have brought in funds for a new hospital.

Randolph County to vote on wet/dry issue in November

Randolph County Clerk Rhonda Blevins tells Region 8 News that the petition to have a wet/dry vote in Randolph County on the November general election ballot has been certified.

County Clerk warning voters about changes in address

Randolph County Clerk Rhonda Blevins is urging voters to make sure they notify her office of any address changes before election season.