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2:41 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Incoming Governor Hutchinson Hires Senate President As Staff Chief

File photo of incoming Governor Asa Hutchinson, speaking in August in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson is hiring the outgoing state Senate president as his new chief of staff.

Hutchinson on Wednesday announced that he was hiring Sen. Michael Lamoureux of Russellville and that the Russellville lawmaker would also serve as transition director. Hutchinson, a Republican, defeated Democratic nominee Mike Ross in Tuesday's governor's race.

Lamoureux has served as state Senate president since 2013 and was first elected to the chamber in a special election in 2009. Lamoureux was re-elected to a four year term in 2012.

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Local & Regional News
2:34 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Arkansas GOP Shifts Focus After Sweeping Election

Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb speaking to reporters last month in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Republicans are shifting their focus to governing the day after sweeping Arkansas' top offices, while Democrats tried to assess their future following a rout up and down in the ballot in a state they had once dominated.

State GOP Chairman Doyle Webb told reporters Wednesday that his party must follow through on its campaign promises to cut taxes and limit government.

The GOP swept all statewide and federal offices on the ballot in Tuesday's election.

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Local & Regional News
11:43 am
Wed November 5, 2014

NTSB Releases Report On NW Arkansas Excurstion Train Collision

The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad excurstion train involved in the October crash, as photographed in June picking up passengers in Van Buren.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a train collision in northwest Arkansas that left dozens of people with minor injuries.

The collision happened Oct. 16 when an Arkansas & Missouri Railroad locomotive struck a passenger excursion train that had stalled on tracks near Brentwood. The locomotive had been dispatched to offer assistance to the stalled train.

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Local & Regional News
8:37 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Report: Nearly 880 Arkansas Schools Miss Achievement Goals

Nearly 880 public schools in Arkansas are classified as needing improvement because they didn't meet their achievement goals on state exams.

The annual accountability report by the state's education department was released Tuesday. The number of schools categorized as needing improvement this year is an increase of 84 schools from last year's total. The state doesn't penalize schools labeled as needing improvement.

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Local & Regional News
10:17 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

GOP's Bruce Westerman Wins Bid For 4th District House Seat

Republican state Rep. Bruce Westerman has won a U.S. House seat representing south Arkansas.

Westerman defeated Democrat James Lee Witt and Libertarian Ken Hamilton on Tuesday. The 4th Congressional District seat also includes portions of western Arkansas and is being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. Cotton was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

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Local & Regional News
10:06 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Rep. Rick Crawford Re-Elected To 1st District House Seat

Republican congressman Rick Crawford has been elected to his third term representing eastern Arkansas in the U.S. House.

Crawford defeated Democrat Jackie McPherson and Libertarian Brian Willhite in Tuesday's election. The 1st Congressional District includes most of the Mississippi River Delta region and stretches west to include portions of the Ozarks.

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Local & Regional News
10:04 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Rep. Tim Griffin Wins Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Race

Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has been elected Arkansas' new lieutenant governor.

Griffin defeated Democrat John Burkhalter and Libertarian Chris Olson in Tuesday's contest. The two-term congressman succeeds former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who resigned earlier this year amid an ethics investigation.

Griffin opted not to run for re-election to Congress, saying he wanted to spend more time in Little Rock with his family. He entered the lieutenant governor's race in February after Darr's resignation.

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Local & Regional News
10:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

GOP's Steve Womack Wins 3rd Term in U.S. House

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Womack has been elected to his third term representing northwest Arkansas in the U.S. House.

Womack faced no Democratic opposition in Tuesday's election. He defeated Libertarian Grant Brand, who did not raise any money in his campaign.

Womack sits on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. He says he hopes to use his third term to focus on reforms to the country's tax, regulatory and energies policies. The congressman also says he'll continue to push for legislation to limit tax-free shopping online.

Local & Regional News
9:57 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Arkansas Voters Reject Plan For Statewide Alcohol Sales

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Arkansas voters have turned down a proposed constitutional amendment that would have legalized alcohol sales in all 75 counties.

Backers of the proposal had argued that Arkansas' current patchwork of wet and dry counties is archaic and that legalizing alcohol sales everywhere would boost local economies. But opponents of the measure say whether alcohol is available should be decided on the local level.

Opponents vastly outspent supporters in the campaign, with much of the money coming from liquor stores in wet counties.

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Arkansas Election 2014
7:44 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Republican Asa Hutchinson Elected Governor Of Arkansas

Republican Asa Hutchinson speaking to supporters last week in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Republican Asa Hutchinson has been elected Arkansas governor, defeating Democrat and fellow ex-congressman Mike Ross.

The 63-year-old Hutchinson was elected to a four-year term Tuesday in a race national Republicans had identified as their best opportunity to flip a governor's office. Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who had defeated Hutchinson eight years ago, was barred by term limits from running.

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