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I’ve learned a lot of things in my years covering the inner workings of local and state government. I’ve had to familiarize myself with Robert’s Rules of Order, the Freedom of Information Act and open meeting laws. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned, though, is that no matter how good t…

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Technology has changed the way we communicate. The improvements provide us all more efficient ways to reach our loved ones, stay informed and meet new people. For me, it’s made staying connected to Arkansans while at work in Washington a lot easier. During the school year, I’m able to talk w…

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The number of Arkansas children in foster care has fallen by more than 700 since reaching an all-time high in 2016. That information was part of an annual report presented a legislative committee this week.

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Have you had calls about issues with your Social Security number, a web page stating you have a virus on your computer and you need to contact a support number given, or local or trusted businesses calling to ask for personal information, and calls contacting you to blackmail you with person…

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We’ve just celebrated America’s 243rd birthday, so it’s fitting that the Senate recently passed the annual authorization bill that helps ensure our nation’s military is able to perform a fundamental role prescribed by the Constitution: providing for the common defense.

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I was never the smartest kid in school. I’m not even sure I’m the smartest person in the room right now, and I’m alone in my office as I write this. But I think those who excel above and beyond academically should be recognized as such.

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Madison County isn’t a county full of high-rise offices or board rooms. There are some offices scattered throughout, mainly in the county seat of Huntsville – the law firms, the insurance agents – but by and large, Madison County is a county full of workers who like to get their hands dirty.

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A retired colonel in the Arkansas National Guard recently shared his frustration with missing the signs of mental health struggles among a former soldier under his command. Similar tragedies are happening daily across the country, but veterans – who represent about 8 percent of Arkansas’s po…

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Arkansas is home to more than 600,000 acres of lakes and more than 90,000 miles of rivers, streams and creeks. As this is a popular time of the year for Arkansans to enjoy the waterways, we wanted to highlight boating safety in the state.

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The Huntsville School District is in a transitory phase. Though a month-and-a-half before the doors open and the hallways bustle with students, July 1 is the annual mark of a new year, and this new year is ushering in new leadership from the classroom to the district administration office.

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For children, summertime brings a euphoric feeling of freedom. For a few months, it means no more early classes, pop quizzes or homework. But for too many children in Arkansas, it raises levels of anxiety instead of euphoria because they no longer have a reliable prospect to eat a meal at br…

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Arkansas agricultural producers feed and clothe the world. They need certainty and predictability in order to successfully operate their businesses, but too often federal regulations place unnecessary burdens on the industry. What our state’s farmers and ranchers want are simple, commonsense…

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Taxes don’t often go the way we want them to. We’re always either too taxed or our government bodies are too reckless with the hard-earned dollars we contribute toward those state, federal and local programs and projects. It’s why it’s always a selling point for any candidate running for off…

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The late Thurlow Fernandez, a World War II veteran who called Sherwood, Ark., home, recalled during an interview in the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project (VHP) how a medical condition he suffered from on June 6, 1944, prevented him from participating in the invasion of Normandy, …

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in four adults in the United States have some type of disability. In Arkansas, that number climbs to one in three.

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Whether it is rebuilding a family home or planning for the loss of crops, our state will be recovering from these historic floods for months to come.

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The Arkansas River is experiencing historic flooding that has unfortunately resulted in Natural State homes, businesses and communities now finding themselves underwater. The water level has surpassed the record floods of 2015, 1990, 1941 and 1927. What we are facing is unprecedented; howeve…

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The average American spends over $10,000 annually on healthcare expenses and experts expect that number to continue to rise. Combine that hefty price tag with the very personal nature of healthcare decisions, and you easily see why healthcare reform is a priority for millions of Americans.

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Last Tuesday night, the Madison County Election Commission and the county’s poll workers put away our voting machines and tabulators for what will hopefully be the last time amid possible state funding, but we won’t have much rest before starting the election cycle all over again.

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On every last Monday in May, we find ourselves reflecting on the men and women who so bravely risked life and limb in the face of grave danger.

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While it may seem like the members of the U.S. Senate – much like America itself – are strongly divided on issues of national policy, I can say without a doubt that we are all united in support of our troops and their efforts to protect and defend our nation and its ideals.

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The only certain things in life are death and taxes, but I’ve noticed a lot of uncertainty about the latter of the two lately.

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Since 2010, citizens across our state have participated in Arkansas Take Back to get expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs out of their homes. This program was launched because families and individuals continue to experience the serious consequences brought on by the escalating opi…

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The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act is a tool that the public may use to monitor the inner-workings of governmental bodies. It’s a tool we have to use fairly often in the news industry – while I prefer to use it as a last resort to gain information pertinent to a story, it is a necessity…

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It’s officially crunch time for the Huntsville School District. Voters will decide the future of the district (and arguably the county as a whole) in less than a month when they cast their votes for or against the district’s request for a 3.9-mill increase, and every day between now and May …

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Standing up for our veterans generally comes off as more of a sound bite for politicians running for elected office than it is an actual call of action. Campaign trails from your local county elections all the way up to the presidential race are layered with promises to take care of our most…

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During a recent address before a Joint Session of Congress, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg vividly described the two monuments that stand out front of the organization’s headquarters in Belgium. One, a piece of the Berlin Wall. The other, a twist…

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The Mueller report has, in part, been released, and while Attorney General William Barr’s report concluded that it found nothing incriminating of President Donald Trump, it seems that it’s certainly a condemnation of us, both as voters and processors of information in a digital age.