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Day arrives for Trump to lead U.S.

posted: 01/20/2017 5:45 a.m. Gallery Comments 11

On the eve of his presidential inauguration, Donald Trump, at a celebratory concert Thursday evening in Washington, pledged to unify a divided nation.

Arkansans head for D.C. events; Trump fans call day historic

posted: 01/20/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 9

Arkansans, some of them wearing red, white and blue, flocked to Capitol Hill on Thursday to pick up tickets for today's inaugural ceremonies.

Arkansas House panel backs abortion-limits bill

posted: 01/20/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

A bill restricting use of the most common method of second-trimester abortions cleared a House committee Thursday, and abortion-rights advocates conceded that the measure is likely to pass in the Republican-majority Legislature.

Energy, treasury picks questioned

posted: 01/20/2017 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin defended his ties to offshore business entities and his management of a California bank during a confirmation hearing Thursday.

Arkansas road plan on ballot likely, legislator says

posted: 01/20/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas General Assembly likely will refer a long-term road construction plan to voters, a state lawmaker said Thursday.

Competing low-income tax cuts clear House panel

updated: 01/20/2017 3:24 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas House tax panel endorsed competing bills Thursday -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson's legislation to cut individual income tax rates for people with less than $21,000 in taxable income and Rep. Warwick Sabin's bill to create a state earned income tax credit.

State Capitol briefs

updated: 01/20/2017 3:22 a.m. Discuss

House passes 93-0 tobacco-funds bill

Nominee-tied firm flagged in bribery

posted: 01/20/2017 3:14 a.m. Discuss

A medical device company in which U.S. Rep. Tom Price purchased stock last year has faced years of legal problems and agreed this month to a $17 million Justice Department criminal penalty in a foreign bribery case.

Drug sentences cut for 330

updated: 01/20/2017 3:09 a.m. Discuss

In a last major act as president, Barack Obama on Thursday cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes, raising his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

Peck to keep commission post

posted: 01/20/2017 2:51 a.m. Discuss

Newly elected Little Rock Ward 4 City Director Capi Peck will keep her position on the city's Advertising and Promotion Commission.

National GOP taps Trump pick to lead

updated: 01/20/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

The Republican National Committee on Thursday unanimously elected Ronna Romney McDaniel to serve as its chairman, tapping a woman to lead the national GOP.

Trump names Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of ex-governor, to White House staff

updated: 01/20/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

Arkansan Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who served as a senior adviser to Donald Trump, has been named the president-elect’s deputy White House press secretary.

Arkansas House OKs tapping tobacco-settlement funds to help developmentally disabled

posted: 01/19/2017 3:56 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas House has approved tapping into $8.5 million in unused money from the 1999 settlement with tobacco companies to provide more services to the developmentally disabled.

Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

posted: 01/19/2017 2:45 p.m. Comments 8

WASHINGTON — In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a close.

Arkansas House panel advances competing tax cut plans

posted: 01/19/2017 11:52 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas House committee has thrown a wrinkle into Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million tax cut plan, advancing his proposal along with a competing measure from Democrats to give a tax credit to low-income residents.

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