Politics

  China says US soybeans, pork to be exempt from tariff hikes

Arkansas AG seeks to move execution cases to federal court

  Liberal, moderate divide on display in Democratic debate

Abortion, border wall put major spending bills into disarray

  JPD reacts to failed sales tax proposal

Resolution boosts 9/11 National Memorial Trail awareness on 18th anniversary

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  A Better Region 8: Jonesboro at a crossroads

  Manila citizens vote to extend tax in special election

Trump dismisses John Bolton, says they ‘disagreed strongly’

  Debate held for supporters and opposers of the proposed sales tax

Gov. Parson signs measure to hire more disabled Missourians

  States led by Texas target Google in new antitrust probe

Trump presents medal to Ohio, Texas mass shootings heroes

Trump also recognized five civilians who put themselves at risk after a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in August.

Trump says peace talks with Taliban are now “dead”

The Afghan government remains mostly on the sidelines of the U.S. effort to end America's longest war. And as Trump's reelection campaign heats up, his quest to withdraw the remaining 14,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan remains unfulfilled — so far.

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.

  Parson announces re-election campaign for Mo. governor in 2020

Parson launched his campaign for Missouri governor reaffirming his commitment to the hard work of governing and his belief that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.

Ex-SC Gov. Mark Sanford to challenge Trump in primary

  Over 6,200 cast ballots in early voting in Jonesboro sales tax election

Arkansas speaker seeks lawmaker’s removal over tax plea

  ‘Full Court Press’ with Greta Van Susteren premieres on KAIT this Sunday

Workshop teaches importance of career options, future

  Voting high for Jonesboro sales tax proposal

Governor, St. Louis leaders meet amid gun violence concerns

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is pledging more resources and Missouri State Highway Patrol help to counteract a rash of gun violence and child murders that have shaken St. Louis, but is noncommittal on whether cities can enact their own gun control laws

Mo. Treasurer to hold Unclaimed Property Auction

Items up for auction include old coins and currency, stamps, jewelry, comic books and signed sports memorabilia.

Former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin urges companies to hire people with disabilities

Companies that hire people with disabilities will on average increase their revenues, according to a recently published report from consulting firm Accenture.

Report: Arkansas revenue remained above forecast in August

Arkansas finance officials say the state's revenue in August remained above forecast and the same month last year

  Team Jonesboro prepares for early voting Tuesday

Team Jonesboro members took to the streets Monday, encouraging people to get out and vote tomorrow when early voting starts.

  Oversight Integrity Council hears ideas for quality of life projects

The Oversight Integrity Council met Thursday August 29 to hear from individuals and groups with ideas for quality of life projects in Jonesboro.

18 states, including Arkansas, awarded DOT funds to fix bridges

According to state highway officials, 14 bridges will be replaced are on Highways 77, 140, 158 and 181 in Mississippi County, with each of the bridges within 10 miles of I-55, due to the bridges’ being in poor condition.

China trade war raising concerns over zoo pandas

Only four zoos in the United States have pandas, that includes the Memphis Zoo.

Mo. Gov. Parson holds news conference on statewide reorganization

The news conference was at 3 p.m. in the State Capitol.

Mayors, officials named to Arkansas Census 2020 Complete Count Committee

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a media release Wednesday that he was appointing people from around the state to serve on the Arkansas Census 2020 Complete Count Committee.

New laws in effect on car inspections, prison sentences

New laws going into effect in Missouri include those affecting vehicle inspections and prison sentences for nonviolent offenders.

  City of Manila holds public meeting to discuss new sales tax proposal

The city of Manila held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss a new sales tax proposal.

Federal judge blocks Missouri’s 8-week abortion ban

A ban on most abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won't take effect as scheduled in Missouri

Missouri attorney general: Law doesn’t protect LGBTQ people

Missouri's Republican attorney general believes that federal law does not protect LGBTQ people from discrimination

Planned Parenthood asks judge to pause Missouri abortion law

Critics of new abortion restrictions in Missouri are headed to court to try to block the law from taking effect on Wednesday

  Citizens, Team Jonesboro members discuss sales tax proposal

There were a lot of questions Friday night at a town hall for the Team Jonesboro Initiative, in preparation for the upcoming sales tax vote.

Sen. Cotton, U.S. attorney honors local law enforcement officer

A Region 8 police officer was one of several thanked for their work to reduce violent crimes.

Missouri election official fires back over abortion lawsuit

Missouri's top election official is firing back after abortion-rights advocates sued him for allegedly impeding their work to put one of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws to a public vote

Tenn. man arrested after ‘threatening’ email expresses displeasure with president

Semans admitted to making the threat and the claim about joining ISIS according to officials.

  Sen. Josh Hawley makes stops in Malden, Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Sen. Hawley visited both Malden and Poplar Bluff, to touch base with his constituents.

  Auditor pushes for armed school resource officer in every Missouri school

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

Critics of Missouri abortion law sue over referendum failure

Abortion-rights advocates are suing following a failed attempt to put new Missouri abortion restrictions to a public vote

  Federal judge rules in favor of A-State in free speech case

United States District Judge J. Leon Holmes ruled in favor of Arkansas State University on the claims of Turning Point USA at Arkansas State University and Ashlyn Hoggard, dismissing the complaint of the group and Hoggard with prejudice.

  Arkansas Municipal League hosts annual meeting in Jonesboro

“Great cities make a great state." That's been the slogan for the Arkansas Municipal League for the last 85 years.

Plan to crack down on fentanyl trafficking announced

The White House announced several advisories to help foreign and domestic businesses on the issue. The plan calls for federal officials to go after the four “M’s” of the issue: marketing, manufacturing, movement and money.

  Missouri receives more than 2,000 applications for medical marijuana licenses

2,163 applicants submit applications for medical marijuana licenses in Missouri.

Big River Steel recognized in national publication

According to the story, entitled “Green Steel: How Arkansas Became Home to America’s Cleanest and Fastest-Growing Steelmaker”, the author, Jonathan Ponciano, delves into the company’s history as well as its growth in Mississippi County.

Team Jonesboro releases financial report

According to the report, which covers July 1 through July 31, Team Jonesboro raised $54,045 during the month while spending $24,546.52.

Missouri governor calls special session on car sales taxes

Missouri Republican Gov. Mike Parson is calling a special legislative session to undo a court ruling on vehicle sales taxes

Orthodontist charged in scheme to bribe Arkansas lawmaker

An orthodontist who operated several clinics in Arkansas has been charged in a bribery scheme involving a former state senator who admitted to accepting thousands of dollars in exchange for efforts to change a dental practices law

Secret Service prepares for Trump visit to Louisville

When President Donald Trump comes to town, it takes a lot of work to make sure things go smoothly for him, and the public.

Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

A strong economy is key to Trump's re-election prospects. Consumer confidence has dropped 6.4% since July. The president has spent most of the week at his golf club in New Jersey with much of his tweeting focused on talking up the economy.

  Beto O’Rourke visits Arkansas, discusses gun control, immigration

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke - one of nearly two dozen Democrats seeking their party’s nod for the White House - visited a Conway gun show Saturday and is scheduled to give a speech at a state Democratic party event Saturday evening in Little Rock.

Operator of four Arkansas youth lockups slashes teacher pay

The Indiana-based company that manages four youth detention centers in Arkansas has slashed the salaries of teachers who work with young offenders, leaving one center without any instructors

  Sen. Klobuchar visits Little Rock, discusses gun issue

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who is one of nearly two dozen Democrats seeking her party’s nomination, appeared at the state Capitol for a press conference.

Northwest Arkansas city declares itself ‘pro-life’

The Springdale City Council passed a resolution designating it as Arkansas' "first pro-life city."

Missouri election officials clap back over abortion petition

Missouri election officials are defending how they handled a petition to put new abortion restrictions to a public vote

Group sues over rejection of eye law referendum effort

Opponents of a new Arkansas law expanding what procedures optometrists can perform are suing the state for rejecting an effort to hold a referendum on the measure next year

  Voters in Poinsett County approve half-cent sales tax

Voters in Poinsett County approved a half-cent sales tax in a vote for the jail Tuesday evening.

Ken Cuccinelli discusses immigration raids and regulations

Ken Cuccinelli sits down with our Washington D.C. reporter to discuss the Trump administration's new policies regarding immigration.

  Veterans Village a step closer to becoming reality

The Veterans Village in Jonesboro is one step closer to becoming a reality.

  911 calls revealed in capture of escaped inmate, Watson’s daughter speaks after his capture

Newly-released 911 calls help paint a picture of the capture of escaped West Tennessee inmate Curtis Watson.

Arkansas receiving $3.6 million to expand rural broadband

The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday it would spend $3.6 million to expand broadband to rural parts of Arkansas, including several counties in Region 8.

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the United States, or what's called a "public charge," but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

Democrat Galloway launches Missouri gubernatorial campaign

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway is launching her Democratic campaign for governor by highlighting her efforts to uncover waste and fraud

Records show Arkansas Democratic Party owes nearly $80,000

Reports to the Federal Election Commission show the Arkansas Democratic Party has nearly $80,000 in debt

Advocates push Hate Crime bill inspired by Unite the Right Rally

Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, now, El Paso…all communities coping with the grief of murderous hate crimes.

  Group says enough to gun violence and holds vigil for victims of shootings

The Arkansas Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America hosted an interfaith vigil Thursday at Craighead County Courthouse.

  Heartland farmer reacts to flooding, trade war

A soybean farmer in New Madrid County, Missouri feels like the flood has hurt more than the trade war.

  McAuliffe discusses new book on Unite the Right rally reflections

Since the violent Unite the Right rally, former Democratic Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has written a new book about lessons learned. He’s visiting cities around the nation on a book tour, urging readers to confront racial inequality.

Convicted ex-Arkansas state senator denied prison release

A federal judge has denied a former Arkansas state senator's request to be released from a federal prison in Oklahoma where he has served just more than one year of an 18-month prison term for fraud and money laundering

  Few Walmart employees heed call for walkout over gun sales

Walmart is one of the largest retailers of guns and ammunition in the world. After two recent shooting incidents, the company says its policy on gun sales has not changed.

Arkansas governor not expecting Medicaid proposal approval

Arkansas' governor says he doesn't expect federal officials to approve the state's plan anytime soon to lower the eligibility cap for its Medicaid expansion after a similar proposal was rejected last week

2 Democrats head to runoff for vacant Arkansas House seat

Two Democrats are headed toward a runoff next month for a state House seat that was vacated by a lawmaker who resigned to take a job with Little Rock's mayor

RESULTS: Aug. 6 special election in Mo.

Some of the ballot issues we’ve highlighted include ones in Cape Girardeau County, Butler County and Dunklin County.

  Oversight Integrity Council selections approved at city council meeting

The first meeting for the new council will take place Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. to go over new rules, procedures, select a chairman, and set a term length.

Loopholes allowed for risky investments for tax dollars

Financial analysts say there's been risky investment and it could affect you.

  Portageville votes “yes” to approve funding for a school resource officer

Folks in Portageville may feel some Deja Vu when they head out to vote in the upcoming special election. That's because they will be voting on an issue, they approved last year regarding a student resource officer for Portageville schools.