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On Wednesday, Democrat Dianne Curry announced she will run for the U.S. Congress in District 2, the seat currently held by first-term Cong. French Hill, R-Little Rock.

No other Democrats have announced for the seat.

Curry was elected to the Little Rock School Board in 2006 where she served three terms. She retired from state government after 27 years of service in education and the public audit of banks.

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A lawyer representing Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan in a potential ethics complaint investigation has recused himself, citing a conflict of interest.

Benton attorney Jonathan Camp confirmed in an email that he is no longer representing Milligan. Attorney and blogger Matt Campbell filed a 113-page complaint against Milligan last week, citing 14 separate allegations of campaign finance and misuse of public resources.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission does not comment on whether complaints have been received or are being investigated.

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Josh Duggar has entered rehab.

Days after he confessed to cheating on his wife and a pornography addiction, the ex-reality star checked into a long-term treatment center, his parents said Wednesday on the family's website.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar said they are "deeply grieved" by actions that have "brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear."

Last week, their 27-year-old son apologized online following reports he once belonged to the cheating website AshleyMadison.com.

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he wants the state to continue working with faith leaders about ways to address a shortage in foster homes and needs for re-entry programs for prisoners after a two-day summit focused on the topics.

Hendrix College has received a $26 million gift from the estate of Mary Ann Dawkins of Little Rock. The gift, the largest in Hendrix College’s history, will support scholarships, promote college affordability and launch the school’s fundraising effort to construct a new welcome center at the northeast corner of the campus.

“Not only is today’s announcement a historic moment for Hendrix, it’s an incredible moment for future students,” said Hendrix College President Bill Tsutsui.

A new analysis of federal data shows Arkansas following a trend with 12 other southern states of disproportionally expelling and suspending African-American kids from public schools.

The University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education released the study Tuesday. It shows that in the 2011-2012 school year, 50 percent of children suspended and 33 percent of kids expelled were African-American, that despite Blacks making up only 21 percent of of the K-12 population in Arkansas public schools.

 

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art says a home designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright that was moved to northwest Arkansas from New Jersey will open to the public in November.

The Bentonville-based museum says the Bachman-Wilson house will open Nov. 11. The museum acquired the home in 2013 and the entire structure was taken apart and brought to northwest Arkansas. The home was then reassembled on the grounds of Crystal Bridges.

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An Arkansas law moving up the deadline for independent candidates to present their petition signatures is constitutional because the state has a compelling interest in the earlier date, a district judge ruled Tuesday.

District Judge James Moody ruled that the law is needed to give the state time to process signatures, respond to litigation, and comply with federal law. He granted a summary judgment to the defendant, Mark Martin, Arkansas’ secretary of state. The case is Mark Moore, Michael Harrod, and William Chris Johnson v. Mark Martin.

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An art gallery at Arkansas State University will get a new name and a new look thanks to a gift from a Little Rock couple. The university says the Bradbury Gallery will now be known as the Bradbury Art Museum.

The 5,200-square-foot exhibition space has been redesigned to create five separate galleries where collections of artwork will be shown on a rotating basis. The change at the facility is thanks to a $500,000 matching challenge gift from Curt and Chucki Bradbury of Little Rock.

Arkansas' insurance commissioner says health insurance rates on the state's marketplace will increase by no more than 7.15 percent next year.

The Arkansas Insurance Department approved the 2016 rates for companies participating in Arkansas' health insurance marketplace, which was established under the federal health care overhaul. More than 57,000 Arkansans receive tax credits to purchase insurance through the exchange.

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