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Arkansas lawmakers protest delay of Purple Heart report

Sep 10, 2014 6:39pm

WASHINGTON – Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday urged Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to issue a report now on whether two Arkansas soldiers shot outside a Little Rock recruiting office five years ago...

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President Barack Obama comments on the impact of the April 27 tornado during a visit to Vilonia on Wednesday. Looking on, from left, are Vilonia Mayor James Firestone, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Gov. Mike Beebe and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock. (Chad Day/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Pool)

Obama views Arkansas tornado’s destruction

May 07, 2014 6:13pm

LITTLE ROCK — In his first trip to the state since taking office, President Barack Obama on Wednesday toured areas of central Arkansas devastated by last week’s EF4 tornado and said he is...

Cotton, left; Pryor, right.

Cotton seeks civilian defense cuts; Pryor says plan could hurt LRAFB

Apr 29, 2014 5:25pm

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, has co-sponsored legislation calling on the Pentagon to cut its civilian workforce by 15 percent over the next five years — a move Sen. Mark Pryor...

‘PRAY,’ reads a sign on the broken remnant of a wall at Lifeline Church in Mayflower as Josh Hahn, the church’s music teacher, carries out salvageable items Monday following a Sunday evening tornado. (John Lyon photo)

Deadly tornado rips through Central Arkansas

Apr 28, 2014 6:53pm

LITTLE ROCK — At least 14 people were killed and more than 100 injured when a tornado ripped through central Arkansas on Sunday evening, authorities said Monday.

The Arkansas Department of...

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...

Charlie Cooper’s Oaklawn picks for races on Friday, March 21

Mar 20, 2014 8:09pm

The Morning Line

Oaklawn Park Friday, March 21, 2014

Handicapper Charlie Cooper

Sunday Meet

Winners on Top 2/9 75/336

Winners in Top 4 Selections 6/9 243/336

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Obama’s 2015 budget draws criticism from Arkansas delegation

Mar 04, 2014 7:10pm

WASHINGTON — The Arkansas congressional delegation offered a cool response to the $3.9 trillion budget plan offered Tuesday by President Barack Obama that he called a blueprint for his “...

Arkansas guardsman suspended over casket photograph

Feb 21, 2014 6:37pm

The Arkansas National Guard has confirmed in a press release that one of the soldiers in a photograph posted on a social media site by a Wisconsin national guardsman is a member of the Arkansas...

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-...

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