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No road funds till bridges fall, crashes climb, say 2 Arkansas legislators

posted: 05/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Bridges will have to collapse and major accidents occur on deteriorated roads before the Arkansas Legislature enacts laws to raise more money for highways, two key lawmakers said Wednesday in Hot Springs.

Budget defenders traverse Hill, meet resistance, doubt

posted: 05/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

President Donald Trump's budget chief delivered a defense of the plan's deep spending cuts, but his agriculture secretary offered only a half-hearted endorsement of proposed reductions to farm subsidies and food stamps.

CBO releases its projections on health bill; 14 million added uninsured seen in ’18, 23 million in ’26

posted: 05/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A House-passed bill to dismantle the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would increase the projected number of people without health insurance by 14 million next year and by 23 million in 2026, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. That 10-year figure is slightly less than estimated in an earlier bill.

Trump to Filipino: 'Unbelievable job' on drug crackdown

posted: 05/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

President Donald Trump praised the Philippines' president for an "unbelievable job" in a fight against illegal drugs that has left thousands dead and has drawn condemnation from American lawmakers, according to a leaked transcript of their telephone conversation last month.

Pope meets with Trump, presses climate views

posted: 05/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Pope Francis put climate change on the agenda Wednesday in a meeting with President Donald Trump that included a private audience and a mutual pledge to work for peace.

Sources: Russians saw a way in

updated: 05/25/2017 4:02 a.m. Discuss

U.S. spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald Trump through his advisers, according to three current and former U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence.

NATO putting best foot forward for summit, Trump

updated: 05/25/2017 3:53 a.m. Discuss

Not only is NATO rolling out the red carpet for President Donald Trump in Brussels today, but the military alliance that Trump once declared obsolete has also been busy revising its image and is ready to unveil a new $1.1 billion headquarters.

State Democrats pick Louisianian to speak

posted: 05/25/2017 3:19 a.m. Discuss

Looking for a headliner for their annual fundraising dinner, Arkansas Democrats turned to neighboring Louisiana, where Gov. John Bel Edwards is the only Democratic governor in the Deep South.

Adviser to Trump gets $60M windfall

posted: 05/25/2017 2:10 a.m. Comments 3

Billionaire Carl Icahn's CVR Energy Inc., his oil refining company, saved about $60 million in the first quarter because of expectations that the federal government will ease a regulation involving renewable fuels, securities filings show.

Budget office predicts House GOP bill would leave 23 million more uninsured

updated: 05/24/2017 4:25 p.m. Comments 3

WASHINGTON — The health care bill Republicans have pushed through the House would leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared with President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. The GOP bill would lower average premiums, but in part that would be because coverage would typically be skimpier.

Ex-CIA head testifies Russia ties troubling

posted: 05/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 17

The CIA alerted the FBI to a troubling pattern of contacts between Russian officials and associates of Donald Trump's presidential campaign last year, former CIA Director John Brennan testified Tuesday.

Trump budget jars lawmakers; even GOP voices chime in that cuts would go too far

posted: 05/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 7

President Donald Trump on Tuesday proposed changes in the role of the federal government, issuing a budget plan that cuts back or eliminates numerous programs that the White House says are a waste of money or create too much dependency.

Bill seeks additions to Central High site

posted: 05/24/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Homes lining a street where history was made would be added to the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site under legislation filed Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

GOP House moderates' chief quits

updated: 05/24/2017 3:56 a.m. Discuss

A Republican congressman from New Jersey who helped push the House health care bill to passage quit his post Tuesday as a chairman of the chamber's moderate Tuesday Group, criticizing colleagues for having "different objectives and a different sense of governing than I do."

State's Keogh: EPA a 'helicopter mom'

posted: 05/24/2017 3:54 a.m. Discuss

When it came to environmental regulations, Arkansas was "more pawn than partner" during the Obama years, state Department of Environmental Quality Director Becky Keogh told a congressional panel Tuesday.

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