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Lieutenant governor serving as honorary race director

Arkansas' lieutenant governor is serving as the honorary race director at NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 this weekend

  “Team Jonesboro” to give presentation to council this week on proposed new sales tax in Jonesboro

Son of Arkansas governor arrested on DWI charge

Hutchinson to OK prison contract despite lawmakers’ worries

Church leaders look to improve safety as soft target attacks continue

USDA working ‘feverishly’ on multi-billion dollar aid package for distressed farmers

Missouri voters to decide on term limits for state officials

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Missouri lawmakers OK $300M bonds for bridge repairs

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

  A Better Region 8: High-speed internet access in Arkansas

  Missouri Senate passes bill to ban abortions at 8 weeks

President Trump, law enforcement honor fallen officers

Former deputy clerk takes legal action against Stoddard County, Stoddard County clerk

Arkansas governor releases plan to expand broadband access

Arkansas' governor has released a plan to expand access to high-speed broadband communities with more than 500 residents by 2022

Several items up for discussion at Hoxie city council meeting

Several Items were up for discussion at the Hoxie City council meeting Tuesday.

  Alabama Senate approves near-total abortion ban

After hours of debate, the Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday night that outlaws nearly all abortions in the state.

Decisions unfold at two different Jonesboro committee meetings

Lots of activity unfolded at two different Jonesboro committee meetings Tuesday.

Florida governor says Russians accessed 2 voting databases

Missouri Senate stalls amid filibuster of GM tax break bill

  DHS, legislature discuss PASSE program problems

Former US President Jimmy Carter has surgery for broken hip

  Escalating US-China trade war sends stocks plunging more than 600 points

Missouri among states suing over generic drug prices

  Trump, Democrats spar over oversight

The Trump Administration is doubling down its stonewalling efforts against House Democrats, accusing them of breaking “rules and norms governing congressional oversight,” adding, “The White House will not and cannot comply with unlawful demands made by increasingly unhinged and politically motivated

Report: 401k plan for communities discussed by legislative committee

A plan that would allow banks in the Natural State to begin 401k plans for the communities was sent to an interim study committee Friday as a state lawmaker said it would help individuals have more opportunities in their retirement.

2nd Arkansas medical marijuana dispensary cleared to open

A second medical marijuana dispensary has been approved to begin sales in Arkansas and is expected to open next week

Missouri lawmakers reject in-state tuition for immigrants

Missouri lawmakers have backed out of a deal to allow colleges and universities to charge in-state tuition to students living in the U.S. illegally

Craighead County justices to receive update on APERS lawsuit

Craighead County officials are expected to receive an update next week on a lawsuit involving the state’s public employee retirement system and former employees of Craighead Nursing Center in light of a recent ruling from the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

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.

Sen. Hawley to introduce legislation to ban ‘loot-box’ games aimed at children

The legislation is called the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act.” This is for games for children under age 18.

HHS Secretary discusses vaccines/measles debate

This comes as the Centers for Disease Control says there are more recorded cases of measles so far in 2019 [764] than in any other year since 1994.

Fayetteville eyes ban on using city money on foam containers

Leaders in Fayetteville are considering a measure that would prevent the city from using public money to buy disposable products made with Styrofoam

TV ads for prescription drugs will have to include the price

The Trump administration is finalizing regulations that will require drug companies to disclose list prices of medications costing more than $35 for a month's supply, says the Health and Human Services secretary.

New state law to raise smoking age from 18 to 21

A business owner speaks out after a new state law raises the age of buying cigarettes from 18 to 21.

  Georgia’s Republican Gov. Kemp signs early abortion ban

The bill will ban abortions at around six weeks of pregnancy.

Congressman pitching idea to set term limits for Congress

A Virginia congressman is proposing to set the number of term limits a Congressman can run.

Federal trial of Arkansas ex-state senator is postponed

The federal trial of a former Arkansas state senator who is the nephew of the governor and son of a former U.S. senator is being postponed

Arkansas licenses first medical marijuana dispensary

Officials have officially signed off on the state's first medical marijuana dispensary, about one week before cultivators expect to have product ready for sale

  Medical marijuana dispensaries’ development in question

Medical marijuana dispensaries are set to open in mid-May but three of them in West Memphis are not anywhere close to being done.

Oklahoma tribe applies for first casino license in Arkansas

An American Indian tribe has submitted its first application for a casino license in Arkansas

Missouri lawmakers vote to limit some civil lawsuits

The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill aimed at keeping out-of-state plaintiffs from filing lawsuits in Missouri courts in an effort to win large settlements from plaintiff-friendly juries

Democrat announces campaign to challenge Cotton in 2020

A business owner who ran unsuccessfully last year for a U.S. House seat in northwest Arkansas has announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton

Report: Mahony announces challenge to Sen. Tom Cotton in 2020

A 38-year-old El Dorado native announced plans Wednesday to run for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat in the 2020 election, seeking to face Republican incumbent Tom Cotton.

GOP dispute stalls governor’s adult scholarship program

A dispute among Missouri Republican senators over school choice is delaying a proposal for a $22 million adult scholarship program

Missouri lawmaker resigns amid sexual harassment allegations

A Missouri lawmaker has resigned after an investigation into a sexual harassment complaint found he engaged in "ethical misconduct" by repeatedly pursuing a relationship with an employee

Arkansas counties send notices to update voter information

County officials across Arkansas are sending out notices to remind residents who did not partake in the past election to update their voting information

An early adopter, Arkansas rethinks lawmaker term limits

Nearly three decades after Arkansas became one of the first states to cap how long someone can serve in the Legislature, lawmakers may find out next year just how far voters are willing to go to limit their time in office

Lawyers: Mississippi making abortion ‘virtually unavailable’

State attorneys wrote last week that Mississippi has an interest in preserving fetal life “from the moment of conception.”

Sewell pushes regionalized minimum wage plan on Capitol Hill

Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) is taking a different approach to raising the federal minimum wage. But her plan could face pushback from her own party.

Health care debate continues as parties seek to find solutions

Democrats and Republicans struggle to find middle ground, as each side pushes opposing plans to fix health insurance. One Senator hopes changing the focus will change the result.

Critics say Missouri free speech bill would limit speech

Critics say a Missouri bill aimed at protecting student free speech on college campuses would also limit professors' speech

Nebraska must give lethal injection info to Arkansas lawyers

Nebraska must turn over information to Arkansas death row inmates' attorneys about where it acquired a drug that was used in a recent lethal injection

Judicial candidates announce plans for 2020

A pair of area attorneys recently announced plans to seek circuit judge seats in Region 8 for the 2020 judicial general election.

Arkansas receives $55.3 million from tobacco settlement

The state of Arkansas has received its portion of a nearly two-decade long agreement with tobacco companies, with the state’s Attorney General saying the funding will provide key health care needs throughout the state.

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.

Nevada Senator wants to protect your digital footprint

People may not always know if their information is safe on the web. One Senator is hoping her proposed legislation will help protect people’s personal information.

Searches by FBI, IRS add to Baltimore mayor’s mounting woes

The searches pushed the latest political scandal for Maryland's largest city to a crescendo after weeks of uncertainty and mounting pressure for Mayor Catherine Pugh to step down.

  Ex-Vice President Joe Biden joins presidential race

He launched his presidential campaign with a video posted to YouTube that said the "soul of this nation" is at stake.

Missouri House endorses tax credit program for filmmakers

A tax credit program for filmmakers would be revived under a bill that has received initial approval in the House

Medicaid advocates question Missouri’s renewal system

Gov. Mike Parson's administration says Missouri's improving economy is the main reason up to 70,000 people dropped off the state's Medicaid rolls last year

Several area residents among governor’s new appointees

Several Region 8 residents were among those appointed.

Arkansas Legislature formally adjourns 2019 session

Arkansas lawmakers have formally adjourned this year's session after giving final approval to legislation changing the way Little Rock can try to change the city's form of government

  Ellington to run for newly created circuit judge position

Currently, 11 judges serve in Arkansas’ Second Judicial District. However, soon a 12th judge will serve in the division.

  President Trump to pay state visit to Britain in June

The palace said Tuesday that Trump and his wife, Melania, have "accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom." The visit will take place from June 3-5.

Nevada congressman wants companies to justify drug price hikes

A Nevada Congressman wants companies to justify drug price hikes.

Parma mayor letting go some city employees; says he ‘wants to start fresh’

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway said the complaint featured concerns related to the city’s operations under the mayor.

Medicare, Social Security face shaky fiscal futures

Both programs will need to eventually be addressed to avert automatic cuts should their trust funds run dry. Neither President Donald Trump nor Capitol Hill's warring factions has put political perilous cost curbs on their to-do list.

Trump says Herman Cain withdraws from consideration for Fed seat

Cain is a former CEO of Godfather's Pizza who dropped out of the 2012 presidential race amid allegations of sexual harassment and infidelity. The issues resurfaced after Trump said he intended to nominate Cain to the central bank's board of governors.

  Trump, business organization sue Democratic House chairman to block subpoena of financial records

Rep. Elijah Cummings issued the subpoena earlier this month to Mazars USA, an accountant for the president and Trump Organization.

GA lawmaker pushes bill for drug testing applicants of unemployment benefits

A Georgia lawmaker wants to see more drug testing of unemployment applicants.

Act seeks to honor POW/MIA flag

The POW/MIA flag may become more prominent in America.

Although the Mueller report is out, ‘it isn’t over’ Van Susteren says

Gray Television's Greta Van Susteren says that Congress could call for their own investigations, but hopes that it's not for political gain.

New trial ordered for Arkansas man convicted in son’s death

The Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a death row inmate who was convicted in the death of his 6-year-old son

  Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says; president claims it shows no collusion or obstruction

Those efforts "were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests," Mueller wrote.

Arkansas congressman’s son sentenced to 9 years in prison

The son of an Arkansas congressman has been sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to drugs and weapons charges

Arkansas governor signs bill raising marriage age to 17

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed legislation that increases the state's marriage age to 17

Officials discuss opportunity zones at White House

The concept will provide a key boost to the state’s economy, both on the long and short term, in areas around the state including Jonesboro, state economic development officials said.

Missouri bill on college rape stalls in Senate

A proposal to change how Missouri colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment has hit a roadblock in the state Senate

Bid to reduce penalties for pot possession fails in Missouri

An attempt to abolish jail time for possessing small amounts of marijuana has failed in the Missouri House

Bill could force sale of state park in southern Missouri

The Missouri House has endorsed a measure that could force the state to sell Eleven Point State Park in southern Missouri

Consulting firm: State workers’ insurance will rise in 2020

A consulting firm has said state employee health insurance costs are set to rise dramatically in 2020 unless the state steps in to offset the increase