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September 29, 2016

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Governor: Medical 'pot' would hurt businesses

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas' governor and lieutenant governor said Wednesday that legalizing medical marijuana would hurt the state's efforts to keep and attract businesses, as the two Republicans targeted a pair of ballot measures that they contend would prevent companies from maintaining drug-free workplaces.

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All signatures for lawsuits measure could be tossed

LITTLE ROCK -- A retired judge appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court to review petitions submitted for a measure limiting medical lawsuit damages said Wednesday that all of the approved signatures could be invalidated, a move that would disqualify the measure from the November ballot.

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Charges dropped against lawmaker

LITTLE ROCK -- Little Rock police on Tuesday dropped a charge against an Arkansas lawmaker who was arrested when officers said he refused to leave a traffic stop he was recording.

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JD announces $20M for police body cameras

LITTLE ROCK -- The Justice Department announced Monday it's awarding more than $20 million for law enforcement agencies around the country to establish or enhance their use of body cameras, a move that comes after several fatal shootings of black men by police that have prompted widespread protests.

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Eldridge begins airing TV ads in Arkansas Senate bid

LITTLE ROCK -- Democratic challenger Conner Eldridge launched the first television ads Friday of his uphill fight to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman in Arkansas, with a pair of spots that accuse the incumbent lawmaker of ducking debates and having a lackluster record in Washington.

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Court rejects medical marijuana challenge

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an attempt to block votes from being counted on an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state, but two other challenges to the November ballot measures remain pending before the justices.

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Former Gov. Mike Beebe opposing casinos measure

LITTLE ROCK -- Former Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday said he opposes an effort to legalize casinos in three Arkansas counties, citing concerns that local voters wouldn't be able to decide for themselves whether to allow the expanded gambling.

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L'Oreal building solar projects at Arkansas, Kentucky plants

LITTLE ROCK -- Cosmetics maker L'Oreal USA announced Tuesday it is building thousands of solar panels at its manufacturing facilities in Kentucky and Arkansas, a move the company says will help cut carbon emissions and create two of the biggest solar-powered projects in each state.

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