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Beyond the line of duty

Lowell officer sets a strong example for everyone

Subscriber onlyThe story, which appeared in the newspaper just a few days ago, bears repeating. A Lowell patrol officer stepped in, on his own time and his own dime, to help a stranded traveler last week. Continue reading...

'Option' on the table

Hutchinson offers ideas on insurance program

Subscriber onlyThe future of Arkansas' "private option" insurance plan for the poor is far from settled. Continue reading...

Between the lines: A road to nowhere

Shrinking cash to cities, counties no winner for state

Subscriber onlyHighway funding talk last week slipped into some politically dangerous territory. Continue reading...

Between the lines:

Trump defies predictions in crowded GOP field

Subscriber onlyAnyone who follows presidential politics must acknowledge Donald Trump's meteoric rise in the polls. Continue reading...

Hospital a healthy development

Springdale prepares for new Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Subscriber onlyNorthwest Arkansas has scored another important addition with the announcement that Arkansas Children's Hospital will build a 24-bed facility in Springdale. Continue reading...

Between the lines: On their own terms

Group seeks to shorten lawmakers’ eligibility for office

Subscriber onlyHere we go again. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Dysfunctional government

County officials, Quorum Court at odds over approach

Subscriber onlyWashington County government seems to be going through a dysfunctional phase. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Task force served a purpose

Common Core retained, panel still helped calm criticisms

Subscriber onlyCommon Core education standards just don't appear to be quite the problem they were being made out to be. Continue reading...

It's all publicity

Poke from ‘Daily Show’ nothing but good news for Eureka Springs

Subscriber onlyMoney can't buy the kind of publicity Eureka Springs got last week from "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Continue reading...

Between the lines: Cities defy lawmakers' intent

Future of local laws may still rest in Legislators’ hands

Subscriber onlyEureka Springs fully intends to enforce its anti-discrimination ban. So, too, will Little Rock, Hot Springs and Pulaski County. Continue reading...

NWA Council looks to future

Young movers and shakers sought throughout region

Subscriber onlyOne of the quotes coming out of last week's celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Northwest Arkansas Council was spot on. It came from John Elrod, a founding member of the private, nonprofit organization of business and civic leaders. Continue reading...

Appearances by Trump, Clinton bring attention to Arkansas

Speeches by Trump, Clinton focus attention on Arkansas

Subscriber onlyWhat did Arkansas gain from last week's moment in the national political spotlight? Continue reading...

No shortcuts to highway funding

Congressional inaction slows state road projects

Subscriber onlyPotholes going untended on Arkansas highways — not to mention the delay of larger projects — can be blamed largely on the federal government. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Complaints sunk testing

Hutchinson appointees help drive switch to ACT

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson got his way last week with the state Board of Education. Continue reading...

Between the lines: Go hogs, go?

Momentum for five-year farm ban near Buffalo grows

Subscriber onlyCall it progress. Continue reading...

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