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Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton repeatedly tried to tie Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor to President Barack Obama, while Pryor accused his rival of being beholden to billionaire backers as the two squared off Monday for their first debate in Arkansas' heated Senate race.

The two faced off for a debate hosted by the Arkansas Educational Television Network, sharing the stage with the Libertarian and Green Party nominees as they sparred over who would best represent the state in Washington.

The candidates for Arkansas' 2nd District congressional seat say they have problems with new health care law.

Republican French Hill, Democrat Pat Hays and Libertarian Debbie Standiford each appeared at a debate that will be shown Monday night on the Arkansas Educational Television Network.

Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore says the Little Rock Zoo's "Big Cat" exhibit will be closed during an internal review that comes after a child fell into the exhibit containing jaguars.

Moore said in a news release Monday that assistant City Manager James Jones will lead an internal review of the exhibit and the Zoo's emergency response procedures. Moore said the review is expected to be complete within two weeks.

The child fell into the exhibit Friday and was in stable condition at Arkansas Children's Hospital. The child's name has not been released.

Authors of a study on the importance of 3rd grade literacy presented their findings to legislators today. They say, according to state benchmark exams, 77 percent of the state’s third graders read at grade level and that’s a pivotal measure of their future success.

The legislative interim study, complied by the Winthrop Rockefeller foundation and Arkansas Advocates for Children and families made several recommendations to the state legislature Monday.  Recommendations including high quality Pre-k and afterschool programs and improved school attendance.  

After a year-and-a-half of attack ads and press releases, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, will debate on the same stage twice this week: first on Monday in a debate sponsored by AETN, and then on Tuesday in Fayetteville in a debate that will be broadcast on the state’s ABC stations across Arkansas and CSPAN nationwide.

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Before 28-year old Timothy King was convicted of second degree murder in 2009, he says he spent the majority of his time running with the wrong people.

“There was a night at this one party where a guy was cutting himself and trying to throw blood on people and I asked him to leave and he wasn’t happy about it. And from that point on, the next few nights he was openly threatening people and my wife at the time.”

King says the threats escalated, leading him and a friend to send a violent message.

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Attorneys representing Big River Steel are asking a judge to throw out a federal lawsuit that seeks to stop the construction of a $1.3 billion mill in northeast Arkansas.

In court papers filed Friday, Big River Steel called the lawsuit filed by competitor Nucor Steel "a scorched-earth campaign." Nucor alleges that Big River Steel's new mill in Mississippi County will violate the federal Clean Air Act.

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A spokesman at Arkansas Children's Hospital says a young child is in critical condition after falling into a jaguar exhibit at the Little Rock Zoo.

Hospital spokesman Dan McFadden said in a news release Friday that the child's guardian has asked that the child's name and other information not be released.

Zoo spokeswoman Susan Altrui says staff members used a fire extinguisher to keep the jaguars away from the child after the incident Friday morning. The child was pulled to safety by a zoo employee who lowered a ladder into the exhibit.

Cotton farmers in northeast Arkansas are being urged to report damage to their crop as a result of a hail storm while officials seek a disaster declaration.

State Rep. Homer Lenderman told The Jonesboro Sun that damage from Monday's storm is "probably not" enough to warrant a federal disaster declaration. But he said officials are working to get a state disaster declaration.

The National Archives is releasing a batch of documents that might shed light on painful chapters in Hillary Rodham Clinton's life as first lady, just as she ponders another bid for the White House. The 10,000 pages of records from the Clinton administration are to be released Friday. They touch on the Whitewater investigation into Bill and Hillary Clinton's land dealings in Arkansas; Bill Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky; the 1993 death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster; and pardons Bill Clinton granted in his final hours as president.