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Arkansas House passes abortion procedure ban

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas would become the third state in the nation to ban a common second trimester abortion procedure under a measure approved by the House on Monday, a move opponents blasted as unconstitutional.

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Lawmakers approve $50 million tax cut plan

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas lawmakers approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million low-income tax cut plan on Monday, setting the stage for a debate over deeper tax reductions the Republican has vowed to champion in two years.

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House panel advances competing tax cut plans

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas lawmakers put a wrinkle in Gov. Asa Hutchinson's push for a low-income tax cut on Thursday, with a House committee advancing a competing tax credit from Democrats along with the Republican's $50 million proposal.

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Arkansas governor vows to seek deeper tax cuts in 2 years

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson got a cool reception from fellow Republicans when he proposed a tax cut for low-income residents that was more modest than some legislators had hoped. So, he made them a pledge: Pass it now and he'll push for much deeper cuts in two years.

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Junk food proposal advances

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas would ban food stamps from being used to purchase soda or junk food under a proposal endorsed by a legislative committee Tuesday, joining a list of Republican-led states hopeful the Trump administration will allow such restrictions to the federal program.

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States can offer budget lessons as GOP proposes deep cut taxes

LITTLE ROCK -- President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans who have pledged to cut federal taxes to boost the economy might consider looking first at lessons learned in GOP-controlled states that adopted similar strategies, only to see growth falter and budget gaps widen.

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Obama's EPA moves to preserve mileage requirements for gas

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to cement strict fuel economy requirements that force the auto industry to make new cars and trucks significantly more efficient, a decision that will be difficult for the incoming Trump administration to undo.

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Inauguration gala canceled

LITTLE ROCK -- Organizers of the Arkansas Inaugural Gala say the event to celebrate the inauguration of the President of the United States has been canceled this year due to low demand for tickets.

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Governor pitches tax cuts

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson urged lawmakers on Tuesday to approve his $50 million plan to reduce rates for low-income residents and promised to push for bigger changes later to the state's tax code, an effort to appease fellow Republicans who are seeking even deeper cuts.

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