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Trump, GOP pull health bill

updated: 03/25/2017 3:24 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act off the House floor Friday when it became clear that the bill would fail.

Trump provides pipeline consent

updated: 03/25/2017 3:22 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead to the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a "great day for American jobs" and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change.

Some in state delegation say opportunity missed

posted: 03/25/2017 3:21 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON — House Republicans blew their chance to get rid of former President Barack Obama’s health care law and it’s a decision they’ll eventually regret, U.S. Rep. Steve Womack said Friday.

State's jobless rate again at record low

updated: 03/25/2017 3:20 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in February, setting a record low for the second-straight month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.

Voter-ID law on books; it's different from '13, governor says

posted: 03/25/2017 3:19 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law Friday aimed at resurrecting many of the requirements of a voter-identification law that was struck down by the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2014.

Health care mandates staying put

updated: 03/25/2017 3:17 a.m. Comment 1

The failure of Republicans to replace the Affordable Care Act means insurers will continue to cover 10 federally required minimum benefits for consumers, at least for now.

Former Trump aide offers to testify

updated: 03/25/2017 3:15 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, a key figure in investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, has volunteered to be interviewed by lawmakers as part of an increasingly partisan House probe into the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

Pence’s planned ‘listening session’ in state called off

posted: 03/25/2017 3:13 a.m. Comment 1

With the Republican health care plan in peril, Vice President Mike Pence canceled a trip to Little Rock scheduled for Friday.

Federal judge in Virginia rejects bid to block proposed travel ban

updated: 03/25/2017 3:09 a.m. Discuss

McLEAN, Va. -- A federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil-rights group that sought to block the proposed travel ban by President Donald Trump's administration.

Parole Board hears 2 death-row pleas

posted: 03/25/2017 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Two of eight men scheduled to be put to death next month say they are innocent of murder, and their cases were pleaded Friday morning inside the Varner prison.

Doctor's office searches upheld

posted: 03/25/2017 2:51 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- A judge has denied a Conway physician's request to suppress evidence obtained as a result of two search warrants in the rape and sexual-assault case against him.

UA testing heat of reactor's core

updated: 03/25/2017 2:50 a.m. Discuss

STRICKLER -- Work began this month to assess the level of radioactivity remaining at the heart of a shuttered nuclear reactor test site in rural Washington County.

Suspended judge's trial date expected

posted: 03/25/2017 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Circuit Judge William Pearson, who police say was so drunk he couldn't stand without help when he was arrested in January, is expected to have a trial date set in the next couple weeks, his attorney said Friday.

Lawyer: State illegally kept him from client

posted: 03/25/2017 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock attorney Patrick Benca, who says he was blocked by state prison officials from seeing a client for more than a week, was allowed access to the man on Friday, but only after suing the Department of Correction to force the disclosure of the inmate's whereabouts.

Springdale sophomore Brain Bee's U.S. winner

posted: 03/25/2017 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Sojas Wagle, a 15-year-old sophomore at Springdale's Har-Ber High School, has become the second Arkansas student in as many years to win the USA Brain Bee Championship that is held annually at the University of Maryland.

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