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Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., left, huddles with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee on Wednesday. (Peter Urban Photo)

Air Force sees Little Rock as home for C-130J aircraft

Updated: Apr 02, 2014 8:48pm

WASHINGTON – Calling it one of the gems of the Air Force, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III on Wednesday said the Pentagon has no plans to degrade its tactical air lift mission...

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U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin of Little Rock makes a point during an interview Tuesday at The Commercial office. (Special to The Commercial/William Harvey)

Griffin says he ‘can’t support’ private option

Feb 19, 2014 12:51pm

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin of Little Rock said Tuesday that he can’t support the private option that the Arkansas General Assembly is debating in this year’s fiscal session because he has “concerns...

Senate agrees to end military pension cuts

Feb 12, 2014 6:47pm

WASHINGTON — The Senate gave final approval Wednesday to legislation to fully restore pension benefits to veterans that were cut as part of a recently adopted budget resolution.

Working-age...

Cotton, left; Pryor, right.

House, Senate at odds over restoring military pensions

Feb 11, 2014 5:50pm

WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday agreed to rescind a $6 billion cut to military pensions but the bill conflicts with a similar measure now under debate in the Senate.

The House voted, 326-...

Cotton, left; Pryor, right.

Military pension cut sparks partisan fight in Senate

Feb 10, 2014 6:09pm

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans clashed Monday over military pension benefits in what has become the latest conflict in the heated Arkansas race for U.S. Senate.

The Senate opened...

Griffin seeks protection for military commissaries

Feb 07, 2014 8:40pm

WASHINGTON — Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, launched a preemptive strike Wednesday to protect military commissaries from the budget axe.

Griffin filed legislation that would essentially...

This map by the Arkansas Forestry Commission shows the burn bans in Arkansas as of 7:30 p.m. Monday. (www.arkfireinfo.org)

50 Arkansas counties now under burn bans

Jan 27, 2014 7:29pm

LITTLE ROCK — Burns bans are now in effect in 50 counties and outdoor burning is strongly discouraged across the state, the Arkansas Forestry Commission said Monday.

The commission said 48...

Burn bans declared in 19 counties

Jan 21, 2014 9:37pm

LITTLE ROCK – High winds, low humidity and mild temperatures have contributed to an increase in wildfires across the state, the Arkansas Forestry Commission said Tuesday, adding that county judges...

Beebe declares 22 counties disaster areas after winter storms

Dec 13, 2013 6:53pm

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe on Friday declared 22 counties disaster areas because of damage caused by severe winter storms last week.

Included in the declaration are Baxter, Crawford,...

29 counties hit by drought, floods get fed disaster declaration

Dec 12, 2013 8:36pm

LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made secretarial disaster declarations for 29 Arkansas counties that experienced droughts or flooding this year, Gov. Mike Beebe’s...

State bracing for winter storm; high school playoff games canceled

Dec 06, 2013 6:48pm

LITTLE ROCK — All high school football playoff games, including three state championship games at War Memorial Stadium, have been postponed a week because of a winter storm that is bearing down on...

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