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  Greene Co. Sheriff switches to GOP

A sheriff elected in 2018 announced Thursday that he was leaving the Democratic party and joining the GOP.

PBS NewsHour founder, host Jim Lehrer dies at 85

  Hunter Biden facing contempt charge in Arkansas child custody case

Next stop, Brexit: Britain’s EU divorce bill becomes law

  Missouri lawmakers try again with voter ID after court loss

No political campaign signs allowed on state-owned highways

  Trump lauds US economy in Davos, says little on climate woes

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  2020 Democratic hopefuls stuck in Washington deploy surrogates for help before Iowa vote

  A timeline of the 2020 gun-rights rally in Richmond

  Vice President Pence speaks at Memphis church

  On visit to Memphis, Vice-President visits National Civil Rights Museum

  Vice President Mike Pence visits the Bluff City for MLK Holiday

  Memphis Grizzlies launch voter outreach campaign

  Court rules parts of Missouri voter ID law as unconstitutional

Missouri’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday January, 14 that requiring a photo ID to cast a ballot is unconstitutional.

Jack Yancey appointed Izard County Sheriff

A longtime sheriff in Region 8 was appointed Thursday evening to serve as sheriff in Izard County.

Legislation filed in Mo. to fight call ‘spoofing’

House Bill 2175 would add call spoofing to Missouri’s existing no-call list statute.

  Sen. Boozman discusses impeachment as trial approaches

The House voted 228-193 to send the articles to the Senate on Wednesday.

Local lawmaker reacts to the State of State address

2 advance to runoff in primary for Arkansas House seat

  Jonesboro receives $90K grant to fight criminal/gang activity

City considers transferring vehicles to save money

Judge booted from ballot appeals to Ark. Supreme Court

  Independence County files complaint against Batesville on District Court issues

  US points to Iranian dissent in wake of deadly drone strike as police accused of shooting protesters

As the Trump administration struggles with its justification for the drone strike that killed Iran's top general, officials have tried to refocus attention on voices of dissent inside Iran.

Trump wants Pelosi, Schiff as impeachment witnesses

The Senate is poised to launch a tightly choreographed trial of the articles of impeachment, but there are questions about some details of the proceedings.

Redistricting power at stake in 2020 legislative elections

The winners of more than 5,000 state legislative races around the country will have a role in redrawing districts for Congress after the 2020 census.

US Supreme Court to take up Arkansas PBM law

The United States Supreme Court will hear a case involving the Arkansas pharmacy benefit managers law.

Meetings set to educate voters on sales tax extension on highways

A proposal on the Nov. 2020 general election ballot will seek to extend a half-cent sales tax for roads and highways in Arkansas, with a state highway official saying the plan will help address needed concerns.

Texas governor to reject new refugees, first under Trump

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the state will reject the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order.

  Jackson County Quorum Court debate on becoming ‘Firearm Sanctuary’

Recent remarks on red flag laws by Governor Asa Hutchinson has sparked a proposal in Jackson County.

US border arrests drop as focus turns to Mexicans

U.S. authorities said they made 40,620 arrests or detentions of people on the Mexico border in December

  Medical marijuana sales in NEA top 500 lbs. thus far

Patients who use medical marijuana in the Natural State have spent nearly $31 million since May 2019, state officials said Thursday.

  Fictitious tags charge gets judge booted off ballot

Judge Chris Piazza said while the charge was "absurd," the state constitution required Judge Adam Weeks be removed from the ballot.

  Judge grants Biden’s request to postpone case

The judge presiding over the paternity and custody case involving Hunter Biden has granted a request to continue the case to a new date.

  Study shows Generation Z is the most stressed out by politics

Soccer practice, homework and friends are the main things on Sydney Davis' mind.

  Where does Iowa stand in the national popular vote debate?

Five times in American history, the winner of the popular vote lost the presidency.

Advisory group urges better flood protection in Missouri

An advisory group appointed by Missouri's governor says the state's levees need to be strengthened and repaired, especially in rural areas hit hard by prolonged flooding in 2019.

  New laws take effect with new year in Arkansas

The changing of a calendar not only means the changing of a year, but several new laws that will take effect in the Natural State.

  Local shops don’t expect business change with new tobacco law

Last week President Trump signed a measure into law raising the legal age to buy tobacco and vaping products to 21.

  Push to arm teachers met with backlash from some in education community

Just over seven years since the worst school shooting in U.S. history and the push to prevent the next one continues.

  Disability community fights for higher wages

Workers with disabilities can qualify to be paid less than minimum wage, but the disability community is split on whether this helps or hurts them.

Jonesboro mayor named to Arkansas Supreme Court committee

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin was appointed to the state's Supreme Court committee Monday.

Evangelical tussling over anti-Trump editorial escalates

In a letter Sunday to the president of Christianity Today magazine, the group of evangelicals say the anti-Trump editorial is a dig at their characters as well as the president’s.

Hendren won’t seek 2nd term as Arkansas Senate president

Sen. Jim Hendren said Friday he won't run for another two-year term as the chamber's president when senators meet at the end of next year's fiscal session to select a new leader.

Progressives, moderates clash in 6th Democratic debate

The Democratic Party’s leading presidential contenders argued in favor of President Donald Trump’s impeachment as a shrinking field of White House contenders took the debate stage for a sixth and final time in 2019.

Impeachment trial plans in disarray as Congress heads home

President Donald Trump is striking a defiant tone in the wake of becoming only the third president in American history to be impeached.

Trump: Van Drew, who voted against impeachment, joining GOP

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who voted against President Donald Trump’s impeachment as a Democrat, is becoming a Republican.

Arkansas panel votes to give elected officials 2.5% raise

Arkansas' top elected officials and lawmakers are on track to receive a 2.5% raise.

Facebook to tackle efforts to interfere with 2020 US census

That includes the posting of misleading information about when and how to participate, who can participate and the consequences of taking part.

Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg visiting Memphis Thursday

Bloomberg, who launched his campaign just last month, will unveil his plans for health care reform.

  Trump impeached by House on 2 charges

The U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump in a historic nighttime vote that split lawmakers along party lines.

  City of Jonesboro prepares for new year with the approval of 2020 budget

Jonesboro city leaders met Tuesday night to discuss the budget and pay raises.

House passes $1.4 trillion federal spending bill

The 2,371-page legislation calls for $1.4 trillion in federal spending to head off a government shutdown that would otherwise take place this weekend.

  Democrats lay out case for Wednesday Trump impeachment vote

The 650-page report says Trump “betrayed the nation by abusing his high office to enlist a foreign power in corrupting democratic elections.”

  Rep. Crawford discusses impeachment debate in nation’s capital

It comes as the House Judiciary Committee pushed toward a vote Thursday to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Community and government leaders joined Administration to discuss making child care affordable

Missouri's Gov. Michael Parson was also in attendance. He echoed Bryant's desire to help working families. He said he wants to provide more daycare for working women.

  Proposed dicamba rule amended by plant board

A plan to clearly define an egregious violation as well as removing the GPS mapping and online registry requirements for the use of dicamba was approved by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture State Plant Board Wednesday.

  Bill proposed to allow alcohol sales at Memphis Zoo

Starting next summer, you might be able to buy beer or wine at the Memphis Zoo if legislation passes allowing alcohol sales during regular hours.

N.C. Attorney General leads charge against teen vaping

Clouds of uncertainty hang over e-cigarettes, as nicotine hooks yet another generation on a product that’s already proven deadly. And yet, for long-time cigarette smokers, it may be a healthier alternative and an aid to kick tobacco-use altogether.

Fed leaves low rates alone and foresees no moves in 2020

The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate alone Wednesday and signaled that it expects to keep low rates unchanged through next year.

‘We must act;’ Democrats unveil Trump impeachment charges

Democrats put forward one charge against the Republican president of abuse of power and another of obstruction of Congress.

Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act introduced to the Senate

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) announced today the inclusion of their bipartisan Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act in the Senate Finance Committee’s bipartisan drug pricing and health extenders legislation.

Democrats say Trump impeachment charges must come swiftly

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will deliver an unusual public statement Thursday morning on the status of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Planned Parenthood is spending over $1 million on ads targeting GOP senators

Television, radio, digital and direct advertisements targeted to three conservative lawmakers will appear in North Carolina, Colorado and Arizona.

Primary draw for state & federal races held in Craighead County

The primary ballot draw took place in Craighead County Wednesday.

  Profs make impeachment case; Democrats say they’re all in

Lawmakers accuse Trump of “openly and indiscriminately” defying the House’s constitutional authority to conduct the impeachment proceedings by instructing officials not to comply with subpoenas for documents and testimony.

  Jonesboro City Council votes to rename Commerce Drive after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Jonesboro city council voted Monday to rename Commerce Drive after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  How to survive the tense Thanksgiving table talk

With the Thanksgiving holiday on the heels of the impeachment inquiry, politics are sure to come up at your dinner table this year.

Arkansas Democrats: No path to replace Cotton challenger

The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party says there’s no path for replacing the challenger to Republican Sen. Tom Cotton after the party’s previous candidate abruptly dropped out following the state’s filing deadline

Lobbyist sentenced to 7 years in Arkansas corruption scheme

A lobbyist who pleaded guilty to bribing three former Arkansas state lawmakers, including the governor’s nephew, has been sentenced to seven years in prison

Trump denigrates US diplomats, pushes conspiracy theories

In a 57-minute, animated phone interview on "Fox & Friends," President Trump said he did not expect to be impeached. But he added that if the House did vote to impeach him, he would welcome a trial in the Republican-led Senate.

  Missouri to widen access to online and in-person voter registration

Courts ruled Missouri must streamline existing voter registration services offered in-person at state Motor Vehicle offices.

Bill seeks to fix teacher shortage in rural areas around the country

A United States senator is working on a plan to help alleviate the shortage of teachers in his state and around the country with a new bill in Congress.

  ‘Trying 2 impeach Jesus too!’ N.C. church making news again for controversial sign

A Kannapolis church is raising eyebrows again with another controversial sign involving the political divide among Americans.

Case of inmate accused of killing prison administrator before 5-day manhunt is headed for a grand jury

After a long day of testimony in the preliminary hearing of a man who investigators say escaped from a Tennessee prison and killed the administrator, a judge in Lauderdale County has found probable cause to bind the case over to a grand jury.

Missouri lawmakers vow to go after carjackers, but not guns

Republican legislators and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt have laid out legislative priorities for 2020 aimed at fighting violent urban crime, but they’re making it clear that those priorities don’t include stricter gun laws

  Trump suggests he may give written testimony in House probe

The House Intelligence Committee is preparing for a second week of public hearings, including with the man who is arguably the most important witness: Gordon Sondland, Trump’s ambassador to the European Union.

Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters

Hong Kong police have stormed into a university campus held by protesters after an all-night standoff.

‘True Grit Trail’ signs unveiled along Arkansas highway

State highway officials have designated a stretch of Arkansas 22 as “True Grit Trail” in honor of the classic novel by Arkansas native Charles Portis

  Lawmakers react to first public impeachment inquiry hearings

Lawmakers are reacting to the first public impeachment hearings.

Trade, security should be focus of foreign policy, Sen. Hawley says

The foreign policy of the United States should be one that works on trade with China, plus should take a middle-class approach in accomplishing objectives, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said Thursday.