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USDA extends Farm Bill deadline to March 31

LONOKE, Ark. — Farmers now have until Tuesday, March 31, to update yield history and base acres under the 2014 Farm Bill, a deadline extension announced Friday by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

AMA honors Beebe

LITTLE ROCK — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday received the American Medical Association’s Award for Outstanding Government Service, the association said in a news release.

Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed legislation to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline without further administrative approval saying the bill attempted to circumvent “longstanding and proven processes” for determining if such a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest.

Winter blankets state

LITTLE ROCK — A winter storm that moved into Arkansas on Monday led to numerous school closings and prompted Gov. Asa Hutchinson to close state offices in the Little Rock area.