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Washington News in Brief: Rutledge: EPA scope unlawful

updated: 02/28/2015 9:48 p.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was on Capitol Hill Thursday to testify about how air and water regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would affect Arkansans financially.

Cotton pushes for mightier military as deterrent

posted: 02/27/2015 2:41 a.m. Comments 9

America needs to spend more on its military to deter attacks, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Thursday.

No pay for 300 in state if plan fails

posted: 02/27/2015 2:37 a.m. Comment 1

As many as 300 Arkansans would be expected to work without pay if Congress cannot agree on a plan to fund the Department of Homeland Security by midnight.

D.C. event celebrates LR college professor

posted: 02/25/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Philander Smith College math professor Frank James has worked for years to funnel promising students into science and engineering programs, and on Tuesday the White House recognized his efforts.

President to states: Let's talk

posted: 02/24/2015 3:11 a.m. Comment 1

The nation's governors brought their concerns directly to President Barack Obama at a White House meeting Monday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: D.C. think tank signs up Beebe

updated: 02/22/2015 3:42 a.m. Discuss

Former Gov. Mike Beebe has joined the Bipartisan Policy Center's Governors' Council.

Governor questions Delta's 'distressed'

updated: 02/22/2015 3:38 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Saturday that it may be time to re-evaluate how the Delta Regional Authority decides which counties are "distressed."

EPA's water proposal resisted by some in state

posted: 02/22/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas counties, agriculture groups and members of the state's congressional delegation say they don't trust an Environmental Protection Agency proposal on who will control streams, ditches and wetlands.

Service medal given to World War II vet

posted: 02/20/2015 3:21 a.m. Discuss

Manny Redifer was ready to go before the ceremony even began Thursday.

State's 6 in D.C. applaud halting of Obama order

posted: 02/18/2015 3:43 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas' Congressional delegation and attorney general on Tuesday praised a ruling by a Texas judge temporarily halting President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Boozman attends VA act's signing

updated: 02/15/2015 3:48 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, a Republican from Rogers, was in the East Room of the White House on Thursday when President Barack Obama signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.

Medicaid work-clause bill offered

posted: 02/13/2015 2:33 a.m. Comments 5

WASHINGTON -- States should be allowed to require working-age adults benefiting from Medicaid expansion to be employed, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman said Thursday.

Senators' bill gives state sway on power line path

posted: 02/13/2015 2:17 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas' governor and Public Service Commission would get final say over the route of a proposed 7,000-mile electric transmission project, under legislation filed Thursday by the state's two U.S. senators.

U.S. should be proud of Cuba lockup, Cotton says

updated: 02/11/2015 4:05 a.m. Comments 27

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., took to the airwaves Tuesday night in defense of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba and urge that it remain open.

Senators hear plea for small lenders

posted: 02/11/2015 2:18 a.m. Comment 1

Small community banks need relief from regulations put in place after the financial crisis, Candace Franks, head of Arkansas' Bank Department, told lawmakers Tuesday.

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