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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.

Three to receive honorary UA degrees

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe, former Walmart CEO Mike Duke and University of Oxford Vice Chancellor Andrew Hamilton will receive honorary degrees at the University of Arkansas’ fall commencement ceremony, the university said Monday.

Pryor delivers farewell address

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, who lost a bid for a third term in November, delivered farewell remarks from the Senate floor as Congress enters its final week of legislative work this year.

Lottery to be topic in 2015 session

LITTLE ROCK — Allowing lottery retailers to accept debit cards and changing the way lottery scholarships are awarded are among the proposed changes to Arkansas’ lottery that are expected to be on the table during the legislative session that begins next month.