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  Hunter Biden requests telephone hearing in paternity case

  Prosecutor Scott Ellington wins newly created Second Judicial District, Division 12 judge seat

  Biden wins 9 Super Tuesday states, including Texas; Sanders takes California, 3 others

Recreational marijuana amendment under debate around Arkansas

  Supporters push for Issue 1 at Jonesboro meeting

  Early voting starts Tuesday in Arkansas

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  Tenn. lawmaker attempts to stop ‘lunch debt shaming’

Daughter of boat accident victim slams Missouri bill

  Candidates discuss criminal justice reform at public forum

  County officials discuss possible renovations for courthouse

  State Senate District 21 candidates hold heated debate Friday

Vice President Pence to visit Memphis for MLK holiday weekend

  Changes to ‘road rage’ bill could make it easier to catch suspects

New video has been released of the suspects in a road rage shooting that shut down Sam Cooper Boulevard. Now a local lawmaker is vowing to PASS a bill to toughen sentences for road rage shootings.

Local lawmaker reacts to the State of State address

Governor parson said he has four main priorities this year building stronger communities ,workforce and education , infrastructure and government reform.

Lawmakers respond to Iran’s attack on U.S. troops

Lawmakers from both Arkansas and Missouri are responding to the attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq by Iranian forces.

Briefs filed to continue block on Arkansas abortion laws

Opponents of laws limiting abortion in Arkansas are asking the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to continue a ban that temporarily blocks three Arkansas abortion restrictions.

Governor calls for state to create hate crimes law

Representative makes USMCA push as Congress considers impeachment

Ex-lobbyist faces Nov. 25 sentencing for Arkansas bribery

Craighead County Election Commission consolidate and close some polling locations for 2020

Democrat drops bid to challenge Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas

  Mississippi County employee suspended, speaks out after editing video

  Congressman celebrates campaign season with chili

It was night of fun at the Gamble's Shop Local Park with plenty of chili and entertainment.

Arkansas House expels member accused of not paying taxes

The Arkansas House has voted to expel a lawmaker who pleaded no contest to not paying state income taxes for several years

  Jonesboro voters reject 1% sales tax

Voters have decided the fate of a one-percent sales tax increase proposal.

  Miss. lawmaker calls for seat belts on new school buses

The legislation would put seat belts and on-board cameras in all newly purchased school buses.

  Financial reports released ahead of sales tax vote

Region 8 News obtained the pre-election report from both Team Jonesboro and its opposition group, Citizens Taxed Enough.

Gov. Parson announces special session

Governor Mike Parson announced on Thursday August 30 the Missouri General Assembly will be called back in for a special session concurrent with the veto session.

  Auditor pushes for armed school resource officer in every Missouri school

Should every school in Missouri have its own armed resource officer?

  Immigration raids to have long-term effects on poultry towns

More than 100 civil rights activists, union organizers and clergy members in Mississippi denounced the raid, but the state's Republican Gov. Phil Bryant commended federal immigration authorities for the arrests.

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin says he’s running for Arkansas governor

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin says he's running for governor in 2022, the first candidate to announce a bid for the state's top office

Arkansas Speaker: Would be best if colleague resigns

Arkansas' House speaker says he told a lawmaker who pleaded no contest to not paying state income taxes that it would be in everyone's best interests if he resigned

Missouri Medicaid panel chairman removed amid drop in rolls

The chairman of a committee that oversees Missouri's Medicaid program has been replaced amid a steep drop in people receiving health care through the program

New cell phone use while driving law to go into effect

This act will strengthen traffic laws by restricting the use of cell phones while driving.

Missouri audit cites Parson for travel to shows, sports game

Missouri's Democratic state auditor says Republican Gov. Mike Parson was reimbursed for unnecessary travel when he previously served as lieutenant governor

Mahony trails Cotton in fundraising for Arkansas Senate race

The Democrat trying to unseat Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas is trailing the incumbent Republican lawmaker in fundraising

Former Arkansas senator surrenders law license after pleas

A former Arkansas state senator who is the governor's nephew is surrendering his law license after pleading guilty to bribery, conspiracy and tax fraud charges in federal court

Gov. Parson signs legislation to ‘Back the Blue’ with specialty license plate

The plates are expected to become available by early 2020.

Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas raises $1M for re-elect bid

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton's campaign says he's raised more than $1 million over the past three months for his re-election bid

Former Arkansas lawmaker pleads guilty in corruption case

A former Arkansas lawmaker who is also the governor's nephew has admitted to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes to help a health nonprofit as part of a plea deal in a sprawling federal corruption investigation

Arkansas judge asks to handle execution-related cases again

An Arkansas judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration outside the governor's mansion two years ago is asking the state Supreme Court to allow him to handle execution-related cases again

Endorsements for TN congressman’s “Stop Underrides Act” heard at hearing

More support for a bill that aims to better protect drivers involved in crashes with 18-wheelers.

5 Democrats file for Arkansas House seat special election

Five Democrats have filed to run for a state House seat that was vacated by a lawmaker who resigned to take a job with Little Rock's mayor

Arkansas board confirms first secretary of corrections

The Arkansas Board of Corrections has unanimously confirmed the state's first secretary of corrections

  Activists protest abortion restrictions in downtown Memphis

Protests are planned across Mississippi and Tennessee on Tuesday in opposition of new state laws restricting abortion.

New Arkansas law hopes to solve more cold cases

A new law in the Natural State hopes to help law enforcement solve more cold cases.

University of Memphis president testifies before Congress about college completion

University of Memphis President Dr. David Rudd testified before Congress Thursday about the successful work the school has done with under-privileged students.

Missouri Senate advances bill on industrial farm rules

Missouri senators are advancing legislation to block local officials from regulating industrial farms more strictly than the state does

Sen. Roy Blunt visits Poplar Bluff, MO nail manufacturer approved for tariff exclusion

Mid Continent Steel and Wire, Inc. is the largest U.S. producer of steel nails and said it has been greatly affected by tariffs imposed by the Trump administration.

Arkansas sues 3 drug distributors over opioid crisis

Arkansas has sued three drug distributors for their alleged role in the opioid crisis, claiming the companies failed to monitor and report suspicious shipments of opioids into the state.

Probe into unpaid Medicaid claims continues in Arkansas

A packed meeting at the state capitol on Wednesday included those involved with Arkansas’ new managed care system.

Dr. Ben Carson talks opportunity zones, rental housing standards in Little Rock visit

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary, Dr. Ben Carson, visited Little Rock on Friday.

Law requires Arkansas schools to offer courses to expelled students

A bill passed in the latest legislative session will require school districts to offer online courses to expelled students so that they can receive credit.

Arkansas lawmaker says self-defense bill needs further study

An Arkansas lawmaker says he wants the Legislature to continue studying loosening regulations for the use of deadly force in self-defense after his plan to do so failed before a committee

STATES Act helps states decide how to deal with marijuana

A piece of proposed legislation known as the STATES Act would help states better decide how to deal with marijuana within its own borders.

Family Farmer Relief Act reintroduced

Three U.S. Senators reintroduced the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 last month.

  Medicaid bill could reinstate coverage

Rep. Andrew Collins seeks to help those who lost insurance coverage through Medicaid.

  Region 8 lawmaker raises Hep A concerns

Rep. Jack Ladyman said the bill was proposed to protect the public from Hep A.

  Region 8 lawmaker seeks to reduce state sales tax

Rep. Jack Ladyman proposed a bill that would reduce state sales tax.

  Bill could close certain polling sites

Rep. Johnny Rye of Northeast Arkansas said the bill would allow closure of certain polling sites.

  Bill would put limits on telephone solicitation

Sen. Trent Garner of El Dorado seeks to limit telephone solicitation.

  Bill supports professional wrestling in rural areas

Rep. Dwight Tosh of Jonesboro said the bill would support small venues of professional wrestling in rural areas.

Rep. Rick Crawford looking ahead after Mueller report

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation into whether the Trump administration colluded with the Russians during the 2016 elections is complete.

Lieutenant Governors talk international affairs

Lieutenant Governors from all over the country are in the nation’s capital this week.

  Your child’s school could be your choice

Rep. Mark Lowery of Pulaski County said all students should have the option to school choice.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

Senator believes scholarship program will be experiment on African-Americans

Some Arkansas lawmakers worry about the intent behind a bill focusing on low-income families and private schools.

Bill would make AR comply with distracted driving federal law

A Corning state senator researched Arkansas’ distracted driving laws and found that the Natural State doesn’t comply with federal guidelines.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

Mueller's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.

Bill would ban minors from buying prepaid phones

A new bill hopes to keep children and teens safe by keeping them from buying prepaid phones.

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

Attorney General William Barr has given Congress the eagerly anticipated summary of the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.

Milk labeling sparks debate among lawmakers

There’s a congressional food fight underway in the nation’s capital.

  Bill could change how certain institutions receive funding

Lawmakers seek to focus Educational Excellence Trust Fund monies to schools based on in-state student enrollments.

Arkansas lawmakers push for 10-year legislative term limit

Arkansas lawmakers are pushing a measure that would restrict state lawmakers to serving a maximum of 10 years in the Legislature

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.

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.

  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.

  Speed trap law changes moving forward in legislation

Sen. Jason Rapert said the proposed bill would amend the Arkansas speed trap law and hold more cities accountable.

  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.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.