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Rex Nelson named Rural Advocate of the Year

LITTLE ROCK — Rex Nelson, director of corporate community relations for Simmons Bank, was named 2016 Rural Advocate of the Year on Thursday by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Rural Services and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission.

Washington Digest: Senate Approves Energy, FAA Bills

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate handed lopsided victories last week to its first major energy bill in nearly a decade and a Federal Aviation Administration measure to enhance safety, promote drone technology and offer additional consumer protections to the flying public.