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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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Hutchinson tells agency to drop test provider

LITTLE ROCK -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson told education officials on Monday to drop Arkansas' involvement in a standardized test linked to the controversial Common Core standards, despite a state board rejecting his request to change providers earlier this month.

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Clinton, Bates, Walton among HOF inductees

LITTLE ROCK -- Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton was named Monday as one of the first inductees to the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame, joining a class that includes a civil rights leader, a Wal-Mart heiress and the first woman elected to the United States Senate.

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