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Better ordinance, better chances

Out-of-town meddling only hurts in Fayetteville

Subscriber onlyI won't be surprised if the Fayetteville gay rights ordinance passes on Sept. 8. That's with or without the boost the measure will get from the state law banning such ordinances. Continue reading...

Gas tax gets some mention, Womack says

Subscriber onlyROGERS -- Constituents have become so frustrated by the lack of highway money that the idea of raising the gasoline tax has begun popping up in conversations, 3rd District Rep. Steve Womack said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Cotton says lifting sanctions will increase threat from Iran

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- A wealthier Iran would be a serious threat to the United States even without nuclear weapons, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., told the Springdale Rotary Club on Monday. Continue reading...

Cotton: Making Iran stronger a mistake

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- A wealthier Iran would be a serious threat to the United States even without nuclear weapons, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., told the Springdale Rotary Club on Monday. Continue reading...

Foster families, caseworkers in short supply in Arkansas

Subscriber onlyThe state suffers a severe shortage of foster parents everywhere but Northwest Arkansas, a recent study showed. Having just enough, however, doesn't guarantee a home for all the children who need one. Continue reading...

Northwest Arkansas leads state in foster care beds

Growing population helps, but officials seeking more

Subscriber onlyThe state suffers a severe shortage of foster parents everywhere but Northwest Arkansas, a recent study showed. Having just enough, however, doesn't guarantee a home for all the children who need one. Continue reading...

Commentary: All quiet on health front

Usual watchdogs wotably not barking

Subscriber onlySo the "private option" will survive. We might not even change the name. Continue reading...

Governor can't cut off funds, Democrats say

Party defends Planned Parenthood

Subscriber onlyCutting off about $50,000 of state taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood irresponsibly risks the health of Arkansans and goes against federal law, the state committee of the Arkansas Democratic Party unanimously declared Saturday. Continue reading...

Commentary: Trumped by the Upset Subset

The Anti-Obama crowd buoyed by paranoia

Subscriber onlyThe "leading" Republican for the White House, Donald Trump, hasn't polled higher than 26 percent. Trump's standing merely shows most GOP voters aren't taking the primary seriously yet. Why should they? Any real vote is more than a half a year away. People have lives. Continue reading...

Mountainburg rancher Running For Vacant House Seat

Subscriber onlyMOUNTAINBURG -- Businessman and rancher Bruce Coleman, 72, on Tuesday became the first candidate to announce for the District 81 state representatives seat being vacated by fellow Republican Justin Harris. Continue reading...

Planned Parenthood blunders

Callous comments have a context, though

Subscriber onlyPlanned Parenthood charges fees for providing tissue from aborted fetuses for medical research. Anti-abortion activists at the Center for Medical Progress posed as buyers from a medical research firm and secretly videotaped haggling over charges and conditions. Continue reading...

Governor seeks county help to find more foster parents

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson asked county officials throughout the state for help in finding more foster parents, speaking to the Association of Arkansas Counties annual convention on Thursday in Springdale. Continue reading...

Court fees too high to pay; don't cover cost of operation

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Increasingly expensive traffic tickets and other court fines that bring in revenue have passed the point of diminishing returns, a legislative committee heard Wednesday. Meanwhile, court-related expenses keep going up. Continue reading...

Drone safety record good -- so far

Owners, federal regulators are aware of risks to flights

Subscriber onlyNo aircraft has hit a drone in Arkansas or anywhere else in the United States, Federal Aviation Administration records show. Airport managers, regulators, pilots, aircraft passengers and private drone operators want to keep that record. Continue reading...

Sheriff threatens reporter with arrest for attending news conference

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck threatened Friday to arrest Tracy Neal, a Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter, if Neal entered a news conference, but then relented and let him in. Continue reading...

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