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If you saw Steven Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln” (2012) you may remember the scene where Daniel Day-Lewis, as the 16th president, firmly announces his intention to sign the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery on Feb. 1, 1865.

There are many stages in the process of convicting criminals and sentencing them to prison. Senate Bill 2, the “Truth in Sentencing and Parole Reform Act of 2023,” will change many of them.

I don’t remember when it first occurred to me after arriving in Washington many years ago that at its heart, being a member of Congress meant never being entirely satisfied. And that this state of affairs is baked into our form of government. But despite moments of immense fulfillment, it re…

Twitter has been an ongoing story since the Trump presidency and ramped up even more when Twitter suspended Trump’s account after the events of Jan 6, 2021. Many felt Twitter was wrong in suspending Trump’s account, citing free speech. Of course, Twitter is not the only social media platform…

The Joe & Helen Harris Foundation recently presented Audra Lovelady (fourth, from right) with the Above & Beyond Award, which was given to Lovelady during the senior girls basketball game Monday night. Lovelady, who is a speech pathologist for children in the Newport School District,…

Legal Aid of Arkansas will be hosting a free Wills and Estate Planning clinic on Friday, Feb. 10, at Browns Temple Church of God and Christ, located at 217 Clay Street in Newport.

With many national security issues being debated in Congress and nationwide, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Jonesboro) is expected to play a huge role in the policy debate after being named to a key committee this week.

It will be up to the two special counsels to investigate and weigh the handling of secret documents by President Biden and former President Donald Trump. But the current questions should not obscure an enormous problem that has been festering for decades and threatens national security, demo…

The 2023 legislative session got off to a smooth start. The full Senate confirmed the governor’s secretarial nominations, and Senate committees got their initial organizational meetings out of the way.

One of the great things about sports is having the opportunity to listen to the game on the radio, to hear the announcer provide the picture for you, if you cannot be there in the stands.

People will often drive past or walk by an old building in their city without giving it a second thought. For some, an old building is such a constant fixture that they forget about the events that took place inside it or stop noticing the beauty and originality of the design. And for still …

As Congress and many state legislatures get under way for the year, there are lots of new lawmakers out there starting to learn the ropes. It’s an exhilarating, exhausting time, and they’ll have plenty of questions about the challenges. But here’s one thing they might not even have imagined:…

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Newport Mayor Derrick Ratliffe is settling into his new office. He was sworn in on Tuesday, Jan. 3. He has worked for the past nine years in the code enforcement department for the City of Newport and is a 23-year veteran of the Newport Fire Department. Ratliffe is also a 17-year veteran of …

When the 2023 regular session convenes on January 9, there will be 13 new members in the Arkansas Senate.

Once Christmas has passed, the world looks to a new year. Many wonder what the new year will bring while planning their own ways of ringing it in. 2023 will be a year marked with war in some nations and peace in others. There will be triumph, and there will be heartbreak. But in the meantime…

The 118th Congress convened Jan. 3, and while it’s impossible to know what it will or won’t accomplish, it’s a fair bet there will be drama. With the GOP taking control of the House, a tightly divided Senate, and a presidential election less than two years away, sending political signals – a…

Patricia Barnes Bowman of the Remmel Community, Newport, Arkansas, passed from this life on Monday, December 26, 2022 at the age of 80. She was born February 23, 1942 in Leachville, Arkansas to Claude Lynn and Teria Lee Barnes.

Reports of new coronavirus infections declined by 13 percent statewide last week, according to daily reports from the Arkansas Department of Health.

He was a Massachusetts man, but he fell in love with Arkansas. In the process, Albert Pike, the largely self-educated lawyer, writer, general, and adventurer became early Arkansas’ most outspoken and most famous promoter.

The legislature’s list of accomplishments in 2022 is lengthy and significant.

LITTLE ROCK — A Newport man received the maximum sentence for possession of an unregistered firearm after attempting to sell pipe bombs, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported Friday.

NEWPORT — Gränges, a manufacturer of aluminum for various foil applications, broke ground Monday on an expansion at its Newport facility.

There are very few shopping days left until Christmas, time for the holiday sprint.

Legislators finished the calendar year with a final round of recommendations for spending federal relief funds and reserve funds.

Charles M. Schulz created a comic strip that captured the hearts of millions in the nearly 50 years that Peanuts ran in thousands of newspapers around the world. Schulz, an amiable and soft-spoken Minnesota native and World War II veteran, had been drawing the daily strip since 1950. Fifteen…

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge recently hosted the 20th annual Officer of the Year awards and recognition luncheon at the Benton Event Center, where she honored Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Corporal Dustin Smith as the Jackson County Officer of the Year.

The Newport Area Chamber of Commerce and local retailers have “wrapped up” the 2022 Shop Til You Drop holiday promotion in Newport.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University officials announced a boost to the university’s Women’s Leadership Center and the formation of the Arkansas Delta Women’s Leadership Academy during a press conference on Monday afternoon on the A-State campus.