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WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Trip by Cotton put at $36,000

updated: 10/18/2015 3:14 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton's recent trip to Israel with his wife was the third most expensive privately financed trip a member of Congress has taken in the past 15 years, according to Legistorm.

Candidates file finance reports

posted: 10/16/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Conner Eldridge pulled in more than $400,000 in the three weeks since announcing his bid, topping the more than $359,000 brought in by incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman, campaign staff members for both men said Thursday.

Bill signed to rename courthouse for judge

posted: 10/11/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

The Helena-West Helena Courthouse complex has been renamed for an Arkansas federal judge whose rulings in two cases shaped the debate about civil rights in the United States for decades.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Boozman serves taste of the state

updated: 10/11/2015 3:29 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., provided a taste of Arkansas to his Senate colleagues Thursday when he hosted a barbecue lunch in Washington, featuring food from McClard's Bar-B-Q Restaurant in Hot Springs.

LR teen named 1 of 5 National Student Poets

posted: 10/09/2015 2:57 a.m. Comment 1

David Xiang, 17, of Little Rock read his poetry in public for the first time Thursday, debuting at the White House ceremony naming him a 2015 National Student Poet.

House OKs Hill's bill to delay bank rebuke

posted: 10/08/2015 5:45 a.m. Discuss

In a 303-121 vote, the U.S. House approved legislation Wednesday that would keep the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from penalizing banks and title companies for several months as they adjust to new disclosure forms for people buying or refinancing homes.

Crawford floats Cuba trade bill

posted: 10/08/2015 3:47 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., filed legislation Wednesday aimed at making it easier to export American agricultural goods to Cuba.

2 senators join call to audit U.S.-backed fetal tissue work

updated: 10/07/2015 3:45 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton on Tuesday called for a full audit of all fetal tissue research supported by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Defense cuts come back to haunt, Cotton says

updated: 10/07/2015 3:38 a.m. Comments 5

America's allies closely watch U.S. military spending, and cuts in funding put the United States at a disadvantage, Arkansas' U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Tuesday.

5 Arkansas firefighters added to D.C. memorial

posted: 10/05/2015 5:45 a.m. Discuss

EMMITSBURG, Md. -- Seeing her husband recognized at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on Sunday was overwhelming, Veronica Villalobos-Pogue said.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: 8 schools receive health applause or kudos for health

updated: 10/04/2015 4:12 a.m. Discuss

Eight Arkansas schools were among hundreds honored over the weekend by the Clinton Foundation's Alliance for a Healthier Generation at a meeting in Washington.

Cotton condemns Russian airstrikes

posted: 10/02/2015 5:55 a.m. Comments 10

Russian intervention in Syria this week is "a near catastrophe for U.S. foreign policy in the region, and really, around the world," U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Thursday.

State regulator tells U.S. Senate about pension-advance scheme

posted: 10/01/2015 3:26 a.m. Discuss

A lending scheme gives retirees and former military members lump sum payments in exchange for future pension payments and then charges outrageous fees on the money they've advanced, Arkansas Securities Department staff attorney Kaycee Wolf told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday.

Hill urges grace period for loan rules

posted: 09/30/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Rep. French Hill wants Congress to assure banks and title companies that the government will be lenient as they work under new rules starting Saturday that will affect people purchasing or refinancing homes.

Arkansans get in spirit of papal visit

posted: 09/27/2015 5:10 a.m. Discuss

PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds of Arkansans took a nearly 24-hour bus trip to feed the homeless and celebrate their faith with hundreds of thousands of other Catholics at the World Meeting of Families this weekend.






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