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July 29, 2014

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Arkansas AG asks to help defend drilling tax break

LITTLE ROCK -- Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants to help defend in court a $5 million tax break legislators gave natural gas drillers earlier this year, asking to step in and assist in the case after the state's chief finance officer said he believed the exemption was unconstitutional.

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Sen. Pryor pitches new jobs legislation

LITTLE ROCK -- Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor on Friday unveiled proposals to limit tax breaks for companies that move operations overseas and require publicly funded projects to use American-made steel and iron, touting a focus on jobs issues as he faces a tough re-election fight.

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Study: Nearly 1 in 3 Arkansas kids live in poverty

LITTLE ROCK -- Nearly three out of 10 kids are living in poverty in Arkansas, but the number of children without health insurance has gone down, according to a national study released Tuesday that shows how children fare in each state.

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Panel approves leasing space for state prisoners

LITTLE ROCK -- A state panel finalized a deal Monday to move up to 250 inmates into an unused Pulaski County facility as part of a plan lawmakers approved earlier this month to ease overcrowding at local jails across Arkansas.

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More time given for alcohol, wage petitions

LITTLE ROCK -- Supporters of proposals to expand alcohol sales in Arkansas and gradually raise the state's minimum wage were given another month Friday to circulate petitions after being told by election officials they fell short of the signatures needed to win a spot on the November ballot.

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Rutledge: More transparency on outside groups

LITTLE ROCK -- A little more than a month after winning the Republican nomination in a primary fight marked by heavy involvement by outside groups, attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge said Wednesday she supports requiring more transparency about such organizations' involvement in state-level campaigns.

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Gubernatorial candidates report June fundraising

LITTLE ROCK -- Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross raised more than $296,000 last month, edging out his Republican rival while also spending more than twice as much as he brought in, campaign finance reports filed Tuesday showed.

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Ross proposes $10M funding boost for public safety

LITTLE ROCK -- Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross on Tuesday proposed boosting annual state funding for domestic violence, child abuse and parole programs by $10 million, as he unveiled a plan aimed at addressing public safety in Arkansas.

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