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Arkansas cancels hearing for satanic display at Capitol

posted: 02/23/2017 6:08 p.m. Comments 3

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas officials have canceled a hearing on a satanic monument proposed near the state Capitol, saying a new law prevents them from considering the display until it's approved by the Legislature.

NRA backs expanded Arkansas campus guns proposal

posted: 02/23/2017 5:48 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The National Rifle Association is supporting an effort to expand a campus guns bill in Arkansas to allow anyone with a concealed handgun license to carry a gun on a college campus and remove an active shooter training requirement for people who want to participate.

Arkansas House passes voter-ID measure

posted: 02/23/2017 3:50 p.m. Comments 5

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas House has passed a resolution that, if approved by voters, would require residents to present photographic identification in order to vote.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman set to host telephone town hall with Arkansas constituents

posted: 02/23/2017 3:17 p.m. Comments 9

U.S. Sen. John Boozman on Thursday said he plans to host a telephone town hall with Arkansans to discuss topics up for debate in the nation’s capital.

Former House speaker predicts 'Obamacare' won't be repealed

posted: 02/23/2017 1:31 p.m. Comments 4

WASHINGTON — Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted Thursday that a full repeal and replacement of "Obamacare" is "not going to happen."

Arkansas bid to collect online sales taxes fails to pass House panel for 2nd time

posted: 02/23/2017 12:54 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — An effort to force online retailers to start collecting state sales taxes has failed for a second time before an Arkansas House panel.

Lawmakers renew push for drilling in Alaska wildlife refuge

posted: 02/23/2017 11:31 a.m. Comments 3

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski in 2001 gave a speech urging colleagues to approve oil drilling in America's largest wildlife refuge. The Alaska Republican held up a blank sheet of paper to illustrate his point.

Homeland Security secretary: Won't use military to enforce immigration laws

updated: 02/23/2017 2:15 p.m. Comments 2

MEXICO CITY — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that America won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations."

Alan Colmes, liberal voice on Fox, dead at 66

posted: 02/23/2017 10:23 a.m. Comment 1

NEW YORK — Alan Colmes, the radio and television host and commentator best known as the amiable liberal foil to the hard-right Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel, has died.

Arkansas Supreme Court strikes Fayetteville's LGBT protections

updated: 02/23/2017 11:44 a.m. Comments 7

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city's ordinance banning discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, but it stopped short of saying whether a state law aimed at prohibiting such local LGBT protections is constitutional.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton meets heated crowd at packed Arkansas venue

posted: 02/23/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 44

Opponents of President Donald Trump packed a 2,200-seat high school theater Wednesday night, firing questions at U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and drowning out the state's junior senator whenever they were dissatisfied with his answers.

Governor signs agency change for War Memorial Stadium

posted: 02/23/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson went to War Memorial Stadium on Wednesday to sign three bills that would reorganize state government, including legislation that merged the free-standing War Memorial Stadium Commission into the state Department of Parks and Tourism.

Order from Trump administration lifts U.S. restroom-gender guidelines

posted: 02/23/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

President Donald Trump's administration Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that required schools to allow them to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.

Mexico Consulate in Little Rock offering legal aid to fearful citizens

posted: 02/23/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Expecting new immigration-law enforcement policies, the deputy Mexican consul stationed in Little Rock said the consulate has enlisted legal aid for Mexican citizens facing deportation.

Bid to require voter IDs in Arkansas moves on to full House

posted: 02/23/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 9

The House committee given the task of whittling down constitutional amendment proposals voted Wednesday to refer a voter-identification measure to the full chamber for consideration.

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