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Westerman fills out staff

WASHINGTON — Rep.-elect Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, has filled out his Congressional staff on Thursday, announcing seven new hires who will work out of district offices in Arkansas.

Dismang wins Senate leadership post

LITTLE ROCK — Incoming and returning state senators met at the state Capitol and elected Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, as Senate president pro tem Friday, two days after a Franklin County senator withdrew a bid to challenge Dismang for the leadership post.