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Gov. Hutchinson releases information about DHS review

LITTLE ROCK -- A national advocacy group has pledged $25,000 to pay for an independent review of Arkansas' human services agency following revelations that a lawmaker gave his adopted daughter to a man who later sexually abused her, Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office said Wednesday.

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House panel endorses bill to restart executions

LITTLE ROCK -- A bill to help Arkansas restart executions after nearly 10 years without them advanced from a House panel Tuesday, less than a week after the state's high court ruled in favor of a previous lethal injection law.

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Arkansas Senate OKs termination notices

LITTLE ROCK -- Thousands of people enrolled in Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would receive notices that their coverage is ending -- even though lawmakers haven't decided the program's future -- under a proposal approved Monday by the Senate.

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High court upholds lethal injection law

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas' highest court on Thursday ruled that the state's lethal injection law is constitutional, removing a major roadblock to resuming executions that have been effectively on hold in the state for nearly a decade.

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Arkansas effort to end Common Core-linked test fails

LITTLE ROCK -- An effort to end Arkansas' participation in a test linked to Common Core failed before a legislative panel Wednesday after opponents said it was premature to scrap the assessment while a state task force reviews the controversial education standards.

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Panel backs ban on some post-adoption transfers

LITTLE ROCK -- An Arkansas House panel on Tuesday endorsed a ban on some transfers of adopted children to unrelated families after a fellow lawmaker gave his adopted daughters to a man who later sexually assaulted one of them.

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Panel OKs pay raises for elected officials

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas' top elected officials are set to receive substantial pay raises -- with legislators poised to see their salaries more than double -- under a plan given final approval Monday, despite objections that the public had little influence on the move.

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