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File photo. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R).
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With a presumptive presidential nominee who has split from the party on several key issues, Arkansas' two representatives to the Republican Party's platform committee say they hope to avoid fights over specific policies and instead focus on the GOP's principles.

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The new “American Made” exhibit is now open at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. It features pieces from a collection at the American Folk Art Museum. It focuses on early American folk art, with pieces ranging from practical, like weathervanes and quilts, to the absurd, like a whirligig depicting Uncle Sam perched on a bicycle.

Mindy Besaw, a curator at Crystal Bridges, says many of the works wouldn’t normally be presented on the same level as more conventional pieces in the museum’s collection.

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Scores of young people made up the bulk of a diverse crowd about 200 on the state Capitol steps on Friday, calling for an end to police violence against African-Americans. The show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement came after the latest round of national incidents involving police officers killing seemingly cooperative young, black men. Organizers under the auspices of Hands Up, Guns Down also unequivocally condemned the killing of police officers in Dallas.

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Former governor and senator David Pryor again helped the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies pack the Ron Robinson Theater June 8, and again opened by talking about his contemporary Dale Bumpers.  

Governor's Radio Column: A Growing Economy

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Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) discussing changes to eligibility verification for Medicaid in the Governor's Conference Room at the Capitol in early August.
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The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of July 8, 2016:

  Earlier this week our state received some great financial news. The Arkansas Department of Finance submitted the year end revenue summary for 2016. I am pleased to report that Arkansas finished the year with a $177 million budget surplus. This is an excellent reflection of our growing economic success.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast.
Michael Hibblen

Arkansas, like the rest of the nation, had an emotional reaction to the police shootings of young black men this week, then five officers being killed by a gunman in Dallas. We feature comments from a rally at the state Capitol Friday and Gov. Asa Hutchinson offering his thoughts.

We also advance a trip by the governor and economic development officials to Europe to nurture the state's aerospace industry, have Hutchinson's thoughts on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and discuss proposals likely to go before voters in November which were submitted before a deadline Friday.

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A former state lawmaker has been picked as the interim director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday named Ann Clemmer to head the department when Brett Powell resigns July 29 to become vice president for finance and administration at Henderson State University. The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board is conducting a nationwide search to find Powell's permanent replacement.

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Backers of an effort to limit damages awarded in lawsuits against health care providers, a group proposing casinos in three Arkansas counties, and a group behind a second medical marijuana proposal have all turned in signatures in efforts to try and get their proposals on the Arkansas ballot.

The measures needed at least 84,859 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot. Friday was the deadline for proposals to turn in petitions for ballot measures.

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In response to three nationally related episodes of gun violence and escalations between police officers and citizens, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said leaders must “calm the waters” in an effort to curtail overreactions to these violent and volatile situations.

“Most importantly, we need to make sure that we talk with reason and discipline as we discuss these matters. Leaders should not be encouraging and dramatizing the response beyond what it should be. The key thing here is our commitment to the rule of law,” he said.

File photo: Then U.S. Representative Tom Cotton (R-4th District) at the Clinton School of Public Service (2013).
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U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas is among 10 Republican senators pushing the U.S. State Department to suspend any security clearances held by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and several of her aides.

FBI Director James Comey earlier this week announced that although Clinton will not be charged with a crime, her use of a private email server for classified material was “extremely careless.”

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