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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was spotted at Trump Tower in New York Thursday as the President-elect transitions to serving in the White House. Rutledge arrived at Trump Tower and told a pool of reporters she was there for a "couple of meetings."

Three Arkansas associations of county leaders have endorsed resolutions asking the state to make it a priority to fund services for the mentally ill.

The County Judges Association of Arkansas, Arkansas Sherriffs’ Association and the Quorum Court Association of Arkansas announced Wednesday they were supporting three proposals:

-The adequate funding of behavioral health and crisis services in jails

A prosecutor says the Fort Smith School Board violated the state's Freedom of Information Act when they conducted business through a series of emails.

School board members discussed the new slate of school board officers prior to elections.

The Southwest Times Record reports that Sebastian County prosecutor Dan Shue issued a letter to school board members Nov. 8. informing them of the violation. 

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At the Arkansas Senate’s orientation Wednesday, a rule was adopted that prevents members of a minority party from taking a majority of seats on any of the chamber’s standing committees. 

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A plan to build a monument to the Ten Commandments at the Arkansas state Capitol has advanced, with a state panel voting the proposal can now face a public hearing.

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U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, who is generating national buzz as a potential Secretary of Defense, said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump has the authority to simply dispose of the Iranian nuclear agreement.

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The University of Central Arkansas says there are four possible cases of mumps at the school.     

Dr. Randy Pastor, UCA's Student Health Center medical director, tells the Log Cabin Democrat that three students went into the medical center with swelling on the side of their faces on Friday.   

Pastor says there was an additional case Monday, but none of the cases have been confirmed as mumps. According to Pastor, all four students live off campus but none of the cases are related. 

A renewed effort to exempt Arkansas military veterans' retirement benefits from the income tax is one of the first bills filed ahead of next year's legislative session. 

Republican Rep. Charlene Fite filed the proposed tax break on Tuesday, the first day for lawmakers to pre-file bills for the 2017 session. The proposal would exempt veterans' retirement and survivor benefits from the state income tax. 

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A contingent of about 20 Arkansas activists gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday to voice solidarity with North Dakota Access Pipeline protesters as they challenged the newly approved Diamond Pipeline. The 440-mile pipeline is to go under construction across Oklahoma and Arkansas.

With the passing of veteran Washington journalist Gwen Ifill this week, we look back on a 2009 interview she did with Steve Barnes of the Arkansas Educational Television Network.

She'd just released a book that concluded Americans were no longer voting primarily based on race.

KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward examines how her expectation that a new generation of black politicians would come forth and appeal to voters didn't come to fruition during her lifetime.

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