Tom Cotton
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U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, said Wednesday that he does not think President Obama is willing to commit the resources necessary to defeat ISIS, the militant terrorist group responsible for the kidnapping and killing of Westerners, including American journalists and workers.

“I’m sure the President would like to eliminate the Islamic State (ISIS) and he’s stated his strategy is to defeat and degrade them – which is a fine strategy – but I think he lacks the commitment to put the resources behind that strategy to achieve those proper ends,” Cotton said.

Nate Bell
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A trio of Arkansas legislators officially requested an advisory opinion from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Wednesday on whether a 2013 law allows for the open carry of firearms. 

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Sabrina McCormick Norton / KTXK News

With water receding after recent floods, Arkansans are left with a mess to clean up.

High water inundated parts of the state, particularly along the Arkansas and Red rivers, after recent heavy rains. Farmers and ranchers were hit hard - to the point that the governor has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for help.

UAMS Lands $3.9 Million To Continue Biomedical Research

Jun 10, 2015
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The University of Arkansas for Medical Science, administrator of the Arkansas INBRE program promoting biomedical research across the state, has been awarded $3.9 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue the program.

INBRE stands for IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

A former Arkansas district judge convicted of drug charges has been sentenced in an unrelated mail fraud case involving American Indian artifacts.

Bob Castleman, who was a judge in Pocahontas over a decade ago, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and must pay nearly $16,800 in restitution.

The Jonesboro Sun reports  that Castleman had claimed to an insurance company in 2012 that Native American arrowheads were stolen from his residence. FBI agents later found the arrowheads in 2013.

Arkansas healthcare providers and lawmakers are making initial progress into learning the reasons for unexpected child deaths in the state.  Arkansas’s child death review panel has issued an annual report, the review found 83 percent of infant cases and 77 percent of all cases were preventable.

Democrats Line Up Hillary Clinton For Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Jun 10, 2015

Arkansas Democrats are getting ready for Hillary. The Democratic Party of Arkansas announced Wednesday that former First Lady, U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the keynote speaker at its Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in July.

The 2016 Presidential contender will speak to state Democrats on Saturday, July 18 at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaks to the Arkansas Workforce Development Board in Little Rock.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The newly constituted Arkansas Workforce Development Board held its first meeting Tuesday to begin building a long-term plan to re-align public education, skills training and industry needs.

The AWDB was created as part of a larger overhaul of the state’s workforce services passed in the Arkansas Legislature’s 2014 regular session.

U.S. Court Of Appeals Throws Out EPA Challenge On Clean Power Plan

Jun 9, 2015
Leslie Rutledge attorney general

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out a challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial Clean Power Plan by attorneys general in several states, including Arkansas.

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Michael Hibblen / KUAR News


A judge is ordering Arkansas officials to recognize over 500 same-sex marriages performed in the state last year. It’s a move that would let the couples enjoy benefits that heterosexual couples can share.