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Arkansas state parties reap national cash

WASHINGTON — The Arkansas Democratic and Republican state parties have received more than $7 million from their national affiliates this campaign cycle largely to help bolster the election efforts of candidates running for U.S. Senate and Congress.

Former DHS deputy director admits taking bribes

LITTLE ROCK — A former deputy director of the state Department of Human Services pleaded guilty Thursday to providing official assistance in exchange for bribes from the owner of two mental health companies, the U.S. attorney’s office in Little Rock said.

Petition seeks pardons for West Memphis 3

LITTLE ROCK — Supporters of the West Memphis Three have launched an online petition drive to call on Gov. Mike Beebe to pardon the three men who were freed in 2011 after serving 18 years in the deaths of three West Memphis 8-year-olds.