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Lawmaker lauds unemployment system changes

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- An overhaul to the state's unemployment insurance system is one of the most important but least-noticed changes of the legislative session, a sponsor of that change said Saturday. Continue reading...

Commentary: Digging up bones not working against Clinton

Husband’s legacy means more than “scandals” do

Subscriber onlyHillary Clinton would be history if either George W. Bush or Barack Obama had been a better president. Their shortcomings are the chief reasons her bad press doesn't stick. Continue reading...

Bills on adopted children in works

Advocates urge a careful review

Subscriber onlyA bill to prevent the "re-homing" of adopted children is needed, but drafting one poses risks, experts in child welfare and adoption said. Continue reading...

Commentary: Stick to actions, not words, Sen. Cotton

LetteR writing isn’t the junior senator’s strong suit

Subscriber onlyI'm not a hero, a Harvard graduate, a lawyer or someone who ever got elected to anything. I'm just a guy who writes stuff for a living. Continue reading...

Harrises spanked her, girl, 3, stated

Not so, attorney of legislator says

Subscriber onlyBefore "re-homing" his two adopted daughters to a man who later sexually assaulted one of them, a state legislator and his wife were accused of using parenting techniques, such as isolation and corporal punishment, that are prohibited by state adoption officials, according to court documents. Continue reading...

Legislators back bill for state police

SB636 extends driver’s license fees, OKs new bond issue

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- Money for a new headquarters for Arkansas State Police Troop L is close to approval in the state Legislature, lawmakers said at a forum Saturday. Continue reading...

Commentary: Defeat a GOP blessing in disquise

Republicans get their reality checked

Subscriber onlyThe Republicans just turned a corner. Their chances to win the White House in 2016 just markedly improved. That's the biggest thing coming out of the party's defeat over the Department of Homeland Security's budget. Continue reading...

New home for Springdale State Police troop is close, lawmakers say at forum

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- Money for a new Northwest Arkansas Headquarters for State Police Troop L is close to approval in the state Legislature, lawmakers said at a Benton County forum Saturday. Continue reading...

College's committee studies costs to start sports program

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- Setting up a sanctioned sports program at Northwest Arkansas Community College would cost an estimated $431,519 over the first three years, according to the college board's Sanctioned Sports Committee. Continue reading...

Mental-health centers to handle crises pushed

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Provisions for new mental-health crisis centers have a good chance of survival in the Arkansas House, lawmakers told a forum in Fayetteville on Friday afternoon. Continue reading...

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