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Ark. AG: Law allows 'open carry' of guns

LITTLE ROCK -- A 2013 Arkansas law allows people to openly carry handguns if they don't plan on using them illegally against someone, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Friday, contrasting with her Democratic predecessor's stance.

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Cotton knocks Iran deal

LITTLE ROCK -- Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Tuesday that he thinks an agreement aimed at dismantling Iran's nuclear program could instead create a "second nuclear age" that would threaten the United States and its allies.

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Southern part of state in 'flash drought' condition

LITTLE ROCK -- Despite showers Thursday and those forecast for today, climatologists consider south Arkansas, northeast Texas and northern Louisiana to be in a "flash drought" because of a prolonged dry spell, and conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly unless more rain falls.

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Pine Bluff Democrat announces switch to Republican Party

LITTLE ROCK -- State Rep. Mike Holcomb said Thursday he's switching to the Republican Party, criticizing Democrats for their support of Planned Parenthood as part of the reason why he became the first Arkansas legislator to leave the party since a GOP sweep in November.

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