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VA vote attacked in 1st District race

WASHINGTON — With a VFW building as a backdrop, Democratic challenger Jackie McPherson on Friday condemned again a vote that Rep. Rick Crawford cast this week against a $16.3 billion bill that sailed through Congress in response to a VA hospital scandal over long waiting lists and falsified records.

Internet sales tax may be on lame-duck menu

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appears to be laying the groundwork for Congress to vote, after the November mid-term elections, on a bill that would require online merchants to collect sales tax receipts on Internet purchases.

Special legislative session begins

LITTLE ROCK — State lawmakers began a special session Monday with a nod to the state’s past and then quickly got down to the business of addressing rising teacher health insurance costs, prison overcrowding and lottery monitor games.