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Soldiers get Purple Hearts after 2009 attack

LITTLE ROCK -- After more than six years of letters, appeals and finally a change in federal law, an Arkansas soldier who was killed and another who was wounded in a 2009 shooting outside of a Little Rock Army-Navy recruiting center were awarded Purple Hearts on Wednesday.

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Gay marriage availability unclear in 2 counties

LITTLE ROCK -- Five days after a landmark high court ruling, at least two Arkansas counties had not issued same-sex marriage licenses as clerks with religious and moral objections decide whether to comply with state and federal orders.

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Arkansas lawmaker says a new look at levees is needed

LITTLE ROCK -- Changes to Arkansas' levee system after recent flooding in the state should be on the agenda if the Legislature is called back into session to take up the future of its health insurance marketplace, a key lawmaker said Wednesday.

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Governor urges creativity on highway plan

LITTLE ROCK -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday urged a panel studying Arkansas' highway funding problems to consider all possible options, but he also warned members to think about the "political reality" of finding new money in a state where lawmakers have been wary of tax hikes or tapping general revenue.

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Arkansas district looking to retire school mascot

LITTLE ROCK -- An Arkansas school board is considering retiring a high school's "Johnny Reb" mascot after the shooting deaths of nine people inside their historic black church in South Carolina reignited a debate nationwide about the use of symbols of the Confederacy.

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Hutchinson open to bids for tests

LITTLE ROCK -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday he's open to Arkansas considering multiple proposals from standardized testing companies after he ordered education officials to drop out of an assessment linked to the Common Core standards.

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Operator of ruptured pipeline fined in 2011

LITTLE ROCK -- Federal inspectors found several violations during their most recent review of Spectra Energy's Texas Eastern Transmission system, which includes the pipeline that burst last month in the Arkansas River.

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