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  Jonesboro voters reject 1% sales tax

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

Gov. Parson announces special session

  Auditor pushes for armed school resource officer in every Missouri school

  Immigration raids to have long-term effects on poultry towns

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

Arkansas Speaker: Would be best if colleague resigns

Missouri Medicaid panel chairman removed amid drop in rolls

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New cell phone use while driving law to go into effect

Missouri audit cites Parson for travel to shows, sports game

Mahony trails Cotton in fundraising for Arkansas Senate race

Former Arkansas senator surrenders law license after pleas

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

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

  Activists protest abortion restrictions in downtown Memphis

New Arkansas law hopes to solve more cold cases

University of Memphis president testifies before Congress about college completion

Missouri Senate advances bill on industrial farm rules

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

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.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

  Imposed tariffs impact local farmers

People from across the country and around the world are visiting Memphis this weekend for the Farm and Gin Show. WMC Action News 5 found one topic a lot of people are talking about, President Trump’s tariffs.

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

Paragould lawmaker wants people who encourage suicide to face felony charges

Arkansas Representative Jimmy Gazaway filed House Bill 1625 on Wednesday to classify that action as a Class D felony.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

  Michael Cohen casts Trump as a ‘conman’ who directed lies and cover-ups

Michael Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and committing campaign finance violations while he was working for Trump.

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

  Ex-campaign worker filed lawsuit claiming Trump kissed her without consent; White house issued denial

The woman who filed the lawsuit says then-candidate Donald Trump "grasped her hand and did not let go" and kissed her on the corner of her mouth as she turned slightly away.

  Governors descend on Washington, DC to tackle the nation’s top issues

From jobs to cyber-security, to the opioid crisis, governors from around the country kick off meetings this week in Washington for the annual winter conference for the National Governors Association.

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

The 7-year-old’s parents say the mixed reaction to the stand has only “fired him up,” and despite criticism, he’s glad his efforts have made some people happy.

Legislation targets maternal, infant mortality rates in Arkansas

The push to bring down the state’s infant and maternal mortality rates has been introduced by a bipartisan group of women lawmakers in Little Rock.

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin selected to head GOP group

Arkansas' lieutenant governor has been selected to lead a Republican group of the states' No. 2 officials

Nearly 8,900 don’t meet Arkansas Medicaid work requirement

Arkansas officials say nearly 8,900 people didn't meet a work requirement for the state's Medicaid expansion in January and could lose coverage if they don't comply within two months

  Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

  Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

President Trump is expected to grudgingly accept the agreement, which would avert another government shutdown and give him what Republicans have been describing as a "down payment" on his signature campaign pledge.

  Arkansas Senator addresses licensing barriers facing people with a criminal record

Arkansas Senator John Cooper seeks to reform occupational licensing.

Arkansas lawmakers file proposal to allow damage limits

Arkansas lawmakers are proposing a constitutional amendment to allow the Legislature to limit damages awarded in lawsuits

Arkansas panel backs resolution on no-permit gun carrying

An Arkansas legislative panel has endorsed a non-binding resolution that says carrying a firearm without a permit is legal in the state

Arkansas tax cut plan advances to final vote in House

A $97 million proposal to cut Arkansas' top income tax rate is heading toward its final vote in the Legislature, but House leaders say they're unsure whether it has enough votes to pass

  Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

Missouri House passes bill for opioid prescription tracking

The Missouri House has passed a bill to create a monitoring program to track prescriptions for opioids

HUD awards more than $4 million in grants to Arkansas

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced $4.1 million in grants to support homeless programs across Arkansas

  Bono City Council votes to open new general fund account

The Bono City Council held a special meeting Thursday night after the discovery of fraudulent checks.