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Boozman sees smooth sailing for VA nominee

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s choice to take over the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs should sail through the Senate confirmation process, according to U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark.

Report ranks Arkansas 41st in well-being of children

LITTLE ROCK — An annual report ranks Arkansas 41st in the nation in the overall well-being of its children, down from 40th last year, and shows that child poverty has increased in the state, although gains have been made in health care coverage and education.

Prison board acts to ease overcrowding

LITTLE ROCK — Seeking to ease prison overcrowding, the state Board of Corrections voted in a special meeting Tuesday to invoke the Emergency Powers Act, making up to 104 inmates eligible for parole up to 90 days earlier than originally scheduled.

Beebe: Special session to start Monday

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday issued a proclamation calling legislators back to Little Rock for a special session starting Monday to address teacher insurance premiums and prison overcrowding.

Special session discussions now down to lottery

LITTLE ROCK — A spokeswoman for Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday the governor believes there is enough legislative support for proposed measures on teachers’ insurance and prison overcrowding to call a special session, but discussions on whether to include a third issue were continuing.