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Northwest Arkansas lawmaker's daughter was living with assailant when attacked, Harris confirms

Legislator says one sexually assaulted at her new home

Subscriber onlyState Rep. Justin Harris let his two adopted daughters live with a man who later sexually assaulted the older, 6-year-old girl, the lawmaker said Wednesday, confirming a story first reported by the Arkansas Times. Continue reading...

Agency affirms abortion foes' right to carry signs along road

Subscriber onlyAnti-abortion picketers have the right to carry signs along a state highway, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department acknowledged Monday. Continue reading...

Highway Department says protest signs OK

No rules broken, department says

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Anti-abortion picketers have the right to carry signs along a state highway, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department acknowledged Monday. Continue reading...

Filling Mike Beebe's Shoes

New governor measure up to predecessor

Subscriber onlyMike Beebe is a hard act to follow as governor. Following a bad governor, though, would have been much harder. Continue reading...

Highway Department reviews Fayetteville free speech complaint

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- The state Highway and Transportation Department won't respond until Monday at the earliest to a complaint it's violating the free speech rights of anti-abortion protesters in Fayetteville, department spokesman Danny Straessle said Friday. Continue reading...

Fayetteville protestors claim First Amendment rights violated

Highway Department employee tells group they can’t use signs

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Participants in an anti-abortion protest held in the same place, in the same manner and at the same times twice a year since 2011 were told Monday they could no longer carry signs, organizers claim. Continue reading...

Northwest Arkansas legislators debate dueling highway bills

Subscriber onlyTwo competing bills for paying for state highways were debated by their sponsors Saturday morning at a forum where a third option surfaced. Continue reading...

Drug court provisions beefed up, sponsor says

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Provisions for greater support for drug courts and mental health cases were put into the governor's prison reform package after the proposal was unveiled Wednesday, the legislation's chief sponsor said late Friday. Continue reading...

Budget showdown too risky, Womack says

Subscriber onlyBELLA VISTA -- Blocking the Department of Homeland Security budget wouldn't end President Barack Obama's executive order delaying deportations, 3rd District Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, told frustrated voters Friday morning. Continue reading...

The problem of prisons

Governor’s plan likely to work, given the history

Subscriber onlyNow the real test begins for the new governor and his party's ruling majority. Continue reading...

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