• Ross, Hutchinson win Arkansas governor primaries

    LITTLE ROCK — Solidifying a general election matchup they’ve effectively been running for nearly a year, Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson clinched their parties’ nominations for Arkansas governor in Tuesday’s primary. The two ex-congressmen easily dispatched lesser-known, underfunded rivals. With most of the …

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  • Griffin gets nom for lt. gov. 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has won the Republican nomination for Arkansas lieutenant governor. Griffin defeated state Reps. Debra Hobbs and Andy Mayberry in Tuesday’s primary election. He’ll face Democrat John Burkhalter and Libertarian Christopher Olson in the November election. Griffin announced …

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  • Lea moves ahead in auditor race 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State Rep. Andrea Lea of Russellville has advanced to November’s general election as the Republican Party’s nominee for Arkansas auditor. Lea defeated Ken Yang of Benton in balloting Tuesday. Lea will face Democrat Regina Hampton Stewart and Libertarian Brian Leach on …

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  • Milligan is treasurer nominee 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A former head of the Arkansas Republican Party will be the GOP nominee for Arkansas treasurer in the fall. Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan defeated state Rep. Duncan Baird on Tuesday. Milligan will face Democratic candidate Karen Sealy Garcia and …

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  • Westerman wins in 4th District 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — State Rep. Bruce Westerman has defeated Tommy Moll to win the Republican nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat. Westerman and Moll were vying for their party’s nomination for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, who is running …

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  • French Hill wins 2nd District 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Banking executive French Hill has won the Republican Party’s nomination for a congressional seat representing central Arkansas. Hill defeated state Rep. Ann Clemmer and retired Army Col. Conrad Reynolds in Tuesday’s primary election. He will face former North Little Rock Mayor …

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  • Police tight-lipped about shooting in Jonesboro 

    JONESBORO (AP) — Police in Jonesboro are saying little about the May 12 shooting death of a man on the city’s west side. Police have declined to release information about the shooting death of 47-year-old William Keith Gosney — saying the information is part of …

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  • Crawford County voters OK tax hike for new jail 

    VAN BUREN (AP) — Voters in Crawford County have approved a sales tax increase to pay for a new $20 million jail. In Tuesday’s election, voters approved a half-percent sales tax increase to pay for construction of the jail and a 0.25 percent increase to …

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  • Threat against federal wildlife agent draws arrest 

    TEXARKANA (AP) — A Texarkana man cited for a hunting violation is accused of threatening to kill a federal wildlife officer. Richard Allen Harris was cited in February for hunting hogs during a closed season at the Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge and allegedly skipped …

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  • Investigators mull cause of SW Ark. railcar fire 

    GILLHAM (AP) — Fire investigators say spontaneous combustion may be the cause of a railcar fire in southwestern Arkansas. De Queen and Gillham fire departments responded Sunday to a fire on a Kansas City Southern Railway train. The railcar was moved to a siding, where …

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  • University changes decision on gay health benefits 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The University of Arkansas System has reversed its decision to include same-sex couples in the health benefits that is offered to spouses. UA attorney Fred Harrison on Tuesday cited a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court that stays a lower court’s …

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  • AG certifies language for alcohol sales proposal 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has cleared the way for supporters to begin gathering signatures for a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize alcohol sales in every Arkansas county. On Monday, McDaniel approved the text and ballot title of the proposal that …

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