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Huckabee stumps for Cotton

LITTLE ROCK — Former Arkansas governor and current Florida resident Mike Huckabee returned to his home state Monday to endorse the Senate bid of U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle.

Upswing in personal savings seen in state, nationally in ‘erratic’ recovery

FORT SMITH — Although a Federal Reserve survey taken last fall found 40 percent of people don’t feel like they have enough money to save, the Fed’s most recent numbers tell a different story with personal sector savings deposits showing a drastic increase since fourth-quarter 2013 levels of $207.1 billion to 2014’s first quarter figure of $574.3 billion.

Arkansas ACT scores show improvement

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ high school graduating class of 2014 took the ACT college entrance exam in higher numbers and on average scored higher than the 2013 senior class, the state Department of Education said Wednesday in a news release.

VA vote attacked in 1st District race

WASHINGTON — With a VFW building as a backdrop, Democratic challenger Jackie McPherson on Friday condemned again a vote that Rep. Rick Crawford cast this week against a $16.3 billion bill that sailed through Congress in response to a VA hospital scandal over long waiting lists and falsified records.

Internet sales tax may be on lame-duck menu

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appears to be laying the groundwork for Congress to vote, after the November mid-term elections, on a bill that would require online merchants to collect sales tax receipts on Internet purchases.

ArcBest sees revenue increase

FORT SMITH — ArcBest Corp. reported a 14 percent increase in revenue for this year’s second quarter led by performances at its two largest operating companies, ABF Freight and Panther Premium Logistics.