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WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Delegation goes about the state

updated: 07/05/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Members of the congressional delegation were home last week. Congress return Tuesday.

Cotton, Huckabee to appear on Sunday TV news shows

posted: 07/03/2015 11:08 a.m. Comments 5

Sen. Tom Cotton and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are scheduled to appear on political news TV talk shows Sunday morning.

Farmer veterans get Heroes brand

posted: 07/03/2015 4:08 a.m. Discuss

A new program announced Thursday by the state's Veterans Affairs and Agriculture departments will assist veterans and military members who run agricultural operations with advertising their businesses.

GOP senators vow to protect gay-marriage objectors' rights

posted: 07/03/2015 4:02 a.m. Comments 33

Six days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban, the state's 24 Senate Republicans promised to pass legislation so that religious institutions "may choose not to participate in or host marriages that violate their religious beliefs."

Arkansas Republican caucus plans religious protections

updated: 07/02/2015 5:14 p.m. Comments 8

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas state Senate Republicans are working on legislation to reinforce protections for churches, religious organizations and religious schools in response to last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

School Board Filings

posted: 07/02/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

The following candidates have filed for school board positions, according to county clerk's offices in Benton and Washington counties. School board elections will be Sept. 15.

Cotton: Fast-track powers to aid state

posted: 07/01/2015 3:47 a.m. Discuss

Fast-track authority on trade agreements will benefit Arkansas and the United States without expanding the president's power, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark, said Tuesday.

Looking at options, GOP says of ruling

posted: 07/01/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Republicans in the Arkansas House of Representatives will work with other conservative leaders in the state and nationwide to "explore all available options" to challenge last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage legal, majority leader Ken Bragg, R-Sheridan, said Tuesday.

New district's board seats draw 3 filers

posted: 07/01/2015 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Three people signed up on the first day of the filing period Tuesday as candidates for election Sept. 15 to the new Jacksonville/North Pulaski School Board.

School Filing

posted: 07/01/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

These candidates filed Tuesday for the Sept. 8 school election in Benton County.

Cleburne County clerk will resign over same-sex marriage licenses

updated: 06/29/2015 4:25 p.m. Comments 55

LITTLE ROCK — A county clerk in Arkansas plans to resign effective Tuesday because of a moral objection to issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Ruling seen in play in '16

updated: 06/28/2015 4:24 a.m. Comment 1

State politicians say the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Friday striking down bans on same-sex marriage will be a campaign issue in 2016, but they won't know if it's an effective one until votes are cast.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Cotton visits Ukraine servicemen

posted: 06/28/2015 3:28 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- After a trip to Ukraine and Slovakia, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said last week that the United States needs to provide assistance to help Ukrainian fighters fend off Russia-backed troops.

GOP presidential hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling

posted: 06/27/2015 3:31 p.m. Comments 7

DENVER — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to "unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature's God" when it legalized gay marriage across the nation.

Reaction to Ruling

posted: 06/27/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas officials and political activists respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

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