posted: 11/28/2013 5:06 a.m.
Standing just out of the sleet, beneath the White House’s north portico Wednesday, President Barack Obama cleared two turkeys for life on a Virginia farm, rather than death on a dinner table.
posted: 11/28/2013 4:33 a.m.
With Thanksgiving nearing, the U.S. Senate campaign turned toward mothers and holiday memories this week.
posted: 11/27/2013 4:53 a.m.
Green Party of Arkansas candidates will run for top posts in 2014.
posted: 11/24/2013 4:40 a.m.
Gulf War memorial OK’d by committee WASHINGTON– Legislation to create a national Desert Storm and Desert Shield memorial was approved by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Thursday.
posted: 11/21/2013 5 a.m.
Fifty years after John F. Kennedy created the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a man inspired by Kennedy as a boy in Arkansas received that award at the White House.
posted: 11/20/2013 5:14 a.m.
Four Arkansas schools were recognized by federal officials Tuesday for student performance and improvement.
posted: 11/17/2013 4:25 a.m.
Arkansans plan trip to King’s memorial WASHINGTON – A group of Arkansans plans to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial near the Thanksgiving holiday.
posted: 11/17/2013 4:21 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Arkansas’ agriculture industry is split over a proposal to cut the amount of renewable fuel blended with gasoline in 2014.
posted: 11/17/2013 4:04 a.m.
WASHINGTON– The Greers Ferry and Norfork Fish Hatcheries will not close this year, members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation said Friday.
posted: 11/15/2013 4:53 a.m.
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee recommended Thursday that the Senate confirm Pulaski County Circuit Judge Jay Moody as a U.S. district judge in the Eastern District of Arkansas.
posted: 11/10/2013 4:35 a.m.
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack walks past the faces of 27 Arkansans who died in Iraq or Afghanistan each time he enters his congressional office.
posted: 11/07/2013 4:40 a.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday over whether certain government bodies should be allowed to pray at the beginning of their meetings.
posted: 11/06/2013 5:22 a.m.
The executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said Tuesday that his group will take a harder stance on conservative outside groups hoping to influence the 2014 election.
posted: 11/05/2013 12:57 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Arkansas’ senators were split on a vote Monday to begin discussing a bill to prohibit employers from discriminating against gay people.
posted: 11/02/2013 3:58 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor said Friday that he will block a Defense Department nominee’s confirmation vote until the Army explains why it is shuttering Arkansas State University’s ROTC program.
posted: 11/01/2013 3:03 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee recommended Thursday that the Senate confirm Timothy L. Brooks of Fayetteville as U.S. district judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
posted: 10/31/2013 4:53 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor said Wednesday that he will support legislation prohibiting employers from making hiring decisions based on sexual orientation.
posted: 10/31/2013 12:59 a.m.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday said it’s essential that the farm bill remain tied to federal food and nutrition programs to ensure that the legislation can get the needed backing of big-city, as well as small-town and rural, lawmakers.
posted: 10/27/2013 4:55 a.m.
WASHINGTON — A year before Arkansans select a U.S. senator, the two candidates in the race are neck and neck in polls, and the themes that the Democrats and Republicans plan to stress in the campaign are being unveiled.
posted: 10/27/2013 4:51 a.m.
Clinton to receive Medal of Freedom WASHINGTON— Former President Bill Clinton is to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Nov. 20.
posted: 10/22/2013 12:43 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Saying he wants to spend more time with family, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin announced Monday he will not seek a third term in Congress.
posted: 10/20/2013 5:19 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Newport farmer Jeff Rutledge needs time to secure financing for next year’s crops and wants the assurance of a new federal farm bill.
posted: 10/19/2013 3:46 a.m.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson took a break from campaigning this week to speak about torture to members of Britain’s parliament.
posted: 10/18/2013 2:58 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Furloughed government workers in Arkansas and around the country began returning to work Thursday, hours after Congress ended its budgetary standoff.
posted: 10/17/2013 12:59 a.m.
Arkansas’ entire congressional delegation voted for legislation late Wednesday to reopen the federal government and increase the country’s borrowing limit.
posted: 10/16/2013 12:05 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton each raised about $1 million in the past three months for the 2014 Senate election.
posted: 10/15/2013 12:02 a.m.
The federal government has rejected an Arkansas plan to use state employees to staff and reopen national parks, a National Park Service spokesman said Monday.
posted: 10/13/2013 5:13 a.m.
Over the past two years, state taxpayers have footed the bill for a number of local-level projects — like soccer uniforms, horse feed, a $3,000 paper shredder and a flat-screen TV — partly at the urging of Arkansas lawmakers.
posted: 10/13/2013 5:04 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Voters in a leading Christian conservative straw poll chose U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz as their 2016 presidential nominee at a conference Saturday.
posted: 10/13/2013 4:26 a.m.
In the past two fiscal years, soccer players in Altheimer and Chester got $2,000 for new uniforms, the Conway Fire Department got $5,000 for bagpipes and a high school Lego robotics club got $1,800.
posted: 10/11/2013 12:08 a.m.
WASHINGTON–More than 1,000 federally employed Arkansans have filed for unemployment benefits since the Oct. 1 partial government shutdown.
posted: 10/10/2013 4:59 a.m.
Arkansas’ congressmen said Wednesday they that won’t help Democrats force a vote on reopening the federal government.
posted: 10/09/2013 5:17 a.m.
The federal government shutdown has affected the state and federal lawsuit over the Mayflower oil spill, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday.
posted: 10/07/2013 12:30 a.m.
WASHINGTON — There is still a long way to go to renew the farm bill that expired Tuesday, members of Arkansas’ delegation said last week. And they aren’t sure how Congress will get there.
posted: 10/07/2013 12:28 a.m.
WASHINGTON — While Congress debated and ultimately shut down the federal government early last week, money was flowing to political candidates and ideological groups.
posted: 10/06/2013 5:58 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Thomas Hitt, 87, of North Little Rock said he had considered not shaking the hand of any politician he saw on his trip Saturday to visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.
posted: 10/06/2013 5:58 a.m.
Brooks judgeship hits Senate delay The Senate Judiciary Committee indefinitely postponed the meeting in which it was expected to take action on the nomination of Timothy Brooks of Fayetteville as U.S. district judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
posted: 10/04/2013 5:25 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Minutes after the U.S. Capitol was put on lockdown Thursday because of a shooting outside, Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., posted a message on social media, telling President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders to halt “the violent rhetoric.” The Capitol building was locked down at 2:20 p.m. EDT after reports of gunfire outside on the Senate’s side. Griffin’s message was sent at 2:24 p.m. EDT.
posted: 10/03/2013 5:01 a.m.
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers and state employees across the nation should be paid for the time they were forced to stay home during the federal government shutdown, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said Wednesday.
posted: 10/01/2013 4:56 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Just as thousands of other federal employees face a furlough today, Arkansas’ six congressmen had to decide who to send home if the government shut down.
posted: 10/01/2013 12:35 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Food for poor children, new farm loans and inspections of public water systems are just some of the things funded by the federal government that are grinding to a halt after Congress failed to fund the federal government.
posted: 09/29/2013 5:04 a.m.
Arkansas’ four congressmen, all Republicans, voted late Saturday for legislation that would temporarily fund the federal government but also delay implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
posted: 09/28/2013 4:16 a.m.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton should have been in Washington casting votes rather than attending a fundraiser in Houston on Wednesday night, the Democratic Party of Arkansas chairman said Friday.
posted: 09/27/2013 12:27 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Eighteen years after a political impasse shut down the federal government, another partisan standoff is threatening to shutter the government again.
posted: 09/26/2013 4:40 a.m.
Arkansas’ U.S. senators urged the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to recommend that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Jay Moody be confirmed as a U.S. district judge.
posted: 09/26/2013 12:41 a.m.
The U.S. House on Wednesday backed an effort to return overnight steamboat cruises to the Mississippi River.
posted: 09/22/2013 4:32 a.m.
Springdale man Principal of Year At a black-tie dinner, Springdale resident Don Hoover, 38, received an award Friday for being selected Arkansas Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
posted: 09/21/2013 3:40 a.m.
Arkansas’ two U.S. senators wouldn’t say Friday whether they plan to join the state’s House delegation and vote for legislation that temporarily funds the federal government but cuts off money for the federal health-care law.
posted: 09/19/2013 5:01 a.m.
Arkansas’ U.S. House members all said Wednesday they support a Republican plan to approve a federal budget that doesn’t fund the new health-care act, but they were less sure about shutting down the federal government if the Democratic-led Senate and White House block it.
posted: 09/18/2013 4:44 a.m.
U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford said Tuesday that the Interior Department has assured him that two federal fish hatcheries in Arkansas will not close next year because of funding.