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For keyed-up group, Trump targets media

updated: 02/25/2017 3:18 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources -- just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.

White House backs aide over request for FBI help

updated: 02/25/2017 3:16 a.m. Comments 3

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Friday defended Chief of Staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Donald Trump's campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents.

U.S. 70 work stirs tourism concerns

posted: 02/25/2017 3:15 a.m. Discuss

HOT SPRINGS -- A $78.5 million project to widen a section of U.S. 70 between Interstate 30 and Hot Springs will make it much easier and safer to navigate, but it has Spa City boosters worried about the effect of the project's nearly two-year construction schedule on a city heavily dependent on tourism.

Analysts: Visit ban baseless

posted: 02/25/2017 3:13 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON -- Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of the seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.

Hutchinson names state VA director

updated: 02/25/2017 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday appointed a veteran with extensive health care management experience to lead the state Department of Veterans Affairs.

House debates edits to tort-caps proposal

posted: 02/25/2017 2:53 a.m. Discuss

The state House had a lengthy debate Friday on dueling revisions offered for a proposed constitutional amendment that would set limits on damages awarded in civil lawsuits.

Pence: World will know U.S. with Israel

posted: 02/25/2017 2:51 a.m. Discuss

LAS VEGAS -- Vice President Mike Pence assured the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic concerns important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad.

Court lifts stay; AG seeks dates for 8 executions

updated: 02/25/2017 2:51 a.m. Comment 1

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge asked that execution dates be set for eight Arkansas inmates after the state's Supreme Court issued its mandate Friday allowing the executions to move forward.

Hot-check plaintiffs: There's no state court case for U.S. to defer

posted: 02/25/2017 2:50 a.m. Discuss

There is no pending state-court judicial proceeding to which a federal judge should defer in lieu of hearing a federal lawsuit challenging hot-check prosecution procedures in Pulaski County, civil liberties attorneys say.

Medical pot plan in state progresses

posted: 02/25/2017 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Implementation of the voter-approved Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment is moving forward despite a comment from a White House official that greater enforcement of federal laws is possible.

Bridges, not walls, Peruvian tells Trump

posted: 02/25/2017 2:49 a.m. Discuss

LIMA, Peru -- The first Latin American president to visit Donald Trump at the White House told the U.S. leader Friday he prefers "bridges to walls," sending him a gentle rebuke of his controversial proposal to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

Author of Exit Right talks about 'whiteness'

posted: 02/25/2017 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Daniel Oppenheimer's first book, Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century, has been praised by people across the political spectrum.

Gunshots by officer fatal in LR

posted: 02/25/2017 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock police are investigating after an off-duty officer fatally shot a man in the parking lot of a shopping center Friday night.

Judge sees video of former deputy kicking arrestee

posted: 02/25/2017 2:45 a.m. Discuss

A prosecutor played a video showing a former Faulkner County sheriff's deputy repeatedly kicking a man being arrested after a gunfire-heavy, high-speed car chase as the officer's bench trial began Friday.

Mountain Pine teenager saves sister, dies in fire

posted: 02/25/2017 2:42 a.m. Discuss

A Mountain Pine High School student died late Thursday night after saving her 12-year-old sister from a fire that destroyed their home, authorities said Friday.

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