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Just a few months after taking office, freshman U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton has another new job to adjust to: dad.

The Republican from Arkansas announced on Twitter Tuesday that his wife, Anna, gave birth to a baby boy, who they named Gabriel, on Monday night. Cotton's office said Gabriel was born in Washington and weighs 8 pounds, 4 ounces.

Cotton is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and served one term in Congress representing south Arkansas' 4th Congressional District. He unseated Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor in the November election.

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The healthcare experience of transgender people in Arkansas is the subject of what some laud as an unprecedented study being launched by the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition (ArTEC) in partnership with the UAMS College of Public Health. The community engagement based research project, funded by a $15,000 federal grant, was announced by ArTEC Tuesday.

The organization’s executive director Andrea Zekis said the award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is a new direction at both the federal and state level.

Officials in Arkansas' most populous county and one of its most popular tourist destinations are considering prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, expanding the pushback against a new state law criticized as anti-gay.

A member of the Hot Springs city board said Tuesday she's proposing prohibiting the city and its vendors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. A member of Pulaski County's quorum court said he's drafting a similar anti-discrimination ordinance.

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Arkansas Department of Correction

Prison officials are looking to pay Arkansas businesses and non-profits to help address the state’s over-crowded prisons and 43 percent recidivism rate.

Lawyers for the Pulaski County Special School District have asked a federal judge to deny party status for the newly-formed Jacksonville School District in the decades-old desegregation case.

U.S. District Court Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. earlier this month asked the parties in the case to respond to a request from the Jacksonville School District to be recognized as a full party in order to protect the district's interests in desegregation lawsuit decisions.

The district will not officially separate from Pulaski until June 2016.

Gamers Can Go Back In Time At Sherwood Retro Arcade

Apr 28, 2015

“Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” “Frogger” – if you miss taking a stack of quarters to the arcade to play those games, you might want to check out Z82 Retrocade in Sherwood. You won’t even need the quarters.

Owner Daniel Solis offers 70 of those old-school games, with more in a warehouse waiting to be restored. Visitors pay a $7.50 entrance fee plus tax to get in the door, and then it’s all-you-can-play.

“We’re selling time, transporting yourself through time to a time when people actually cared about these games,” he said.

Jermain Taylor
Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

A boxer accused of shooting his cousin and threatening a child with a gun has been granted permission to leave his treatment program to attend church.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports a Pulaski County judge ruled Monday that Jermain Taylor could go to weekly church services, as long as he's accompanied by an employee of the recovery center where Taylor is in a substance-abuse program. The boxer also must sit alone at church.

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Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods says it wants to stop using human antibiotics in its U.S. chicken houses by September 2017 and that it will explore doing the same in its beef, pork and turkey operations.

Former Arkansas Traveler broadcaster Phil Elson with his daughter under the last piece of Ray Winder Field still standing.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A fixture of the Arkansas baseball world, Bill Valentine, passed away Sunday at the age of 82. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports from the now-demolished Ray Winder Field.

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Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named 16 members to a legislative task force that will study the reforms enacted this year to ease a backlog of state prisoners in local jails.

Hutchinson on Monday named his appointees to the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force, which is set to hold its first meeting on Thursday.

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