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In state, growers see trade potential

posted: 12/18/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas agriculture and business groups applauded the Cuba trade, travel and diplomatic policy announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

Energy panel seat, by vote, Honorable's

posted: 12/17/2014 4:28 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Public Service Commission Chairman Colette Honorable was confirmed to a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday.

Boozman in line to lead 3 Senate subpanels

posted: 12/17/2014 4:22 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' soon-to-be senior senator, John Boozman, is expecting to lead three subcommittees when the new Congress convenes after the first of the year, he said Tuesday.

Griffin casts last vote in Congress

posted: 12/14/2014 3:17 a.m. Comment 1

As the U.S. House rushed to finish its work Thursday night, 4-year-old John Griffin III took to the floor and cast his father's final vote before leaving Washington.

Washington News in Brief: Senators engage in give and take

updated: 12/13/2014 4:05 p.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- As Congress prepared to head home for the holidays, both Arkansas senators gave and received gifts in a bipartisan Senate-wide "secret Santa" gift exchange.

State concerns aboard, 2 help pass defense bill

updated: 12/13/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Both Arkansas U.S. senators supported a defense-funding bill Friday that paves the way for two soldiers shot at a Little Rock military recruiting station to receive Purple Hearts and also helps create a national memorial to Desert Storm veterans.

Honorable nomination racing time

posted: 12/13/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The future of the nomination of Arkansan Colette Honorable is among the myriad of issues left undecided as U.S. Senate leaders negotiate what to complete before heading home for the holidays.

State's departing Sen. Pryor engaged to wed NLR woman

posted: 12/12/2014 3:07 a.m. Comments 19

WASHINGTON -- Despite having little time left in the U.S. Senate, Mark Pryor smiled widely Thursday when he told reporters he is engaged to Joi Whitfield of North Little Rock.

Provision of bill on U.S. spending shields veterans

posted: 12/11/2014 4:05 a.m. Discuss

Included in the government spending bill making its way through the House and Senate is a provision co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. John Boozman that shields the Veterans Benefits Administration from government shutdowns and budget battles.

Arkansan's nomination stalls in Senate panel

posted: 12/11/2014 4:04 a.m. Discuss

Despite efforts to get the federal nomination of Arkansan Colette Honorable approved by the end of the year, too few senators attended a meeting to vote on it Wednesday morning.

Hutchinson: '13 findings similar

posted: 12/10/2014 4:19 a.m. Comments 2

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that a U.S. Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques after Sept. 11, 2001, is very similar to the findings released in 2013 by a bipartisan task force he led.

Pryor urges end to D.C. dysfunction

updated: 12/08/2014 10:40 p.m. Comments 3

WASHINGTON -- Delivering his farewell speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor on Monday urged Congress to work together for the American people.

7 raked in $685,000 as vote neared

updated: 12/07/2014 4:53 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON -- The seven Republicans and Democrats who ran for Arkansas' U.S. House seats raised more than $685,000 in the three weeks before the November election, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Forum energizes college president

posted: 12/07/2014 4:36 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- College of the Ouachitas President Stephen Schoonmaker was among a few hundred higher-education officials who met Thursday in Washington to discuss how to help more students prepare for and complete college.

Arkansan's bid faces tight clock

posted: 12/05/2014 2:24 a.m. Discuss

Several U.S. senators said Thursday that Arkansan Colette Honorable is an outstanding nominee for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but they said her confirmation faces a time crunch.


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