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Often, after I’m introduced at events, I’ll joke that I’d rather be identified as an optometrist than a senator.

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Late last year, Congress took a historic, critical step toward expanding access to higher education and supporting the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). In December, bipartisan legislation was approved and signed into law …

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Dennis Fisher’s job as superintendent of the Huntsville School District lasted for one semester.

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A lot of news happened in Madison County throughout 2019 and The Record was there each week to report on it.

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Helping Arkansans with problems they have with federal agencies is a top priority for me. When Natural State residents call for help navigating the federal bureaucracy, my staff and I are here to assist however we can.

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When you read this, maybe you’ve opened all your packages under the Christmas tree. I hope it’s a special week for you and your families. I do hope a few of the following gifts were delivered in time. I also hope for other things to happen in 2020.

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There was little to celebrate at Christmas in 1944 for American soldiers pinned down by the German Army in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium and Luxembourg. Instead of a warm meal and time with family, they were facing record-low temperatures and a shortage of food.

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I’ve met some really good people over the years who felt called to serve their communities as law enforcement officers. These men and women sometimes have military backgrounds, while others come from other walks of life.

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Recent data points to an economy that is firing on all cylinders. The country has added over seven million jobs since President Trump’s election, unemployment is at a 50-year low and wages are rising at a rate that far outpaces inflation.

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The holidays are a magical time at the State Capitol. Lights illuminate the exterior at night, the halls are draped with garland, and school choirs from across the state serenade us with carols throughout the day.

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Monthly revenue reports help to give us a picture of the state’s economy.  The reports show us if Arkansans are making more, spending more, and if businesses are doing well. Recent reports have created an optimistic outlook.

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Hong Kong, a bustling international business hub and one of the world’s most significant commercial ports, is often wrongly assumed to be under the full control of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

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A public notice about a proposed turkey farm caught my eye in last week’s classified ads. The legal notice said the farm would be large enough to qualify as a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO).

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Madison County Sheriff Rick Evans told me last week he was feeling much better and was ready to resume duties after undergoing heart surgery recently.

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Editor's Note: Jonathan Formanek, owner of the Faubus House, and an architect, has made a proposal to the Huntsville School District to use the former Walmart building as a location for the Huntsville location of one of the Career Technical Education Facilities. The other location is being b…

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Public business must be performed in public. Taxpayers have a right to know how and why their money is spent. Our job is to report accurately and hold government officials accountable.

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Once again, the holiday season has quietly and rapidly descended upon us. Arkansans are getting into the holiday spirit and preparing to share meals and extended time with their loved ones. We will also be looking for ways to give back and pay it forward.

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The Madison County Quorum Court will have a different look after next year’s elections.

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For more than two hundred years the United States and France have maintained close, enduring relations. France is, in fact, our oldest ally and both nations stand as symbols of freedom of speech, freedom of thought and the broader concepts of liberty and democracy.

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I watched last week as more than 20 employees of Home Depot came to the town of Kingston to help repair damage to the American Legion Hall. (See details on Page 1A.)

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Veterans Day is a time to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who wore our nation’s uniform. These selfless individuals come from all walks of life and all regions. The thing that unites them is that they answered the call to serve their country, risking everything to p…

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Every year on November 11th we come together as a nation to honor our service members and to remember their sacrifices they have made and the courage it takes to defend honor, duty, country and to say thank you for serving.

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Our health care system faces a number of challenges. Lack of access to affordable, quality care for many Americans is right at the top of the list. Washington’s inability to pass long-term funding for the nation’s community health centers (CHCs) threatens to exacerbate this problem.

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I’ve often watched political circuses from other countries and thought those kinds of things wouldn’t or couldn’t happen here. You know, where a lawmaker charges another and fists go to flying, or someone throws food or a shoe at an opponent. Or, as in the case of England, opponents yell and…

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Arkansas is home to outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy all the recreation opportunities afforded by “The Natural State.” Preserving the traditions of hunting and fishing is important to wildlife conservation and management and creates significant economic benefits. In order to ensure successful p…

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County residents have faced two issues regarding facilities during the past several weeks. One was a proposal concerning the construction of an animal-holding facility, which the city, in addressing the issue, created an ad-hoc committee to learn more information about four possible location…

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We are a technology-dependent society. Sensitive personal data such as financial accounts, Social Security numbers and medical information are secured in cyberspace. Unfortunately, this information that we trust to be protected, is targeted by high-tech criminals working to steal our private…

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Dak Kees, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, recently brought federal charges against a Texarkana doctor after an investigation uncovered that he prescribed over 1.2 million dosages of opioids to over 15,000 patients over a two-year period.

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Whenever the United States has gone to war in foreign lands, it has almost always relied on support from locals. Certainly not all locals, but good people who took up arms to help Americans.

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A 2017 study titled “Indicators of School Crime and Safety,” published by the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education, reported that 20 percent of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied at school during the previous school year.

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I’m still dumbfounded by what a former Huntsville football coach and the current Elkins coach did recently.