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Ethics Commission grapples with new laws

LITTLE ROCK — The state Ethics Commission on Friday discussed new ethics laws that came out of this year’s legislative session, including one that gives elected officials a 30-day grace period to return improper gifts from lobbyists and correct reporting errors.

Huckabee ready for Hillary

WASHINGTON — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sat down with about a dozen reporters Friday afternoon to make his case as a the most viable Republican to square off against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Supporters, opponents of regional haze plan speak at EPA hearing

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — In a public hearing Thursday, the federal Environmental Protection Agency heard from supporters and opponents of the agency’s plan to improve visibility at national parks and wildlife areas in the region by reducing power plant emissions — a plan that would affect the White Bluff plant in Jefferson County.

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Cotton denounces Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — A general agreement announced Thursday by the United States and other world powers to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons was sharply criticized by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who has emerged as a leading critic of President Obama’s foreign policy strategies.