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Officials look at security at Arkansas Capitol Officials with the Arkansas secretary of state's office say they want to meet privately with state lawmakers to discuss tightening security at the Capitol. Some lawmakers have questioned whether current safeguards are adequate after security was tightened at the entrance of a building west of the Capitol. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Doug Matayo, chief deputy for Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin, has told members of ...

Heavy rains may hike Arkansas winter cattle costs Agriculture officials say heavy rains during the year may mean higher production costs for Arkansas cattle farmers this winter. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says 52 percent of Arkansas' pastures are in good or excellent condition. Heavy rains throughout the year largely benefited cattle farmers with plentiful hay. But excessive rains in north-central Arkansas diminished the crop's nutrient content and will likely require some farmers to rely ...

Rams look to shock slumping Chargers in San Diego The St. Louis Rams hope to make it two wins in two weeks over the AFC West when they visit the San Diego Chargers Sunday. With their defense playing lights out over the past month-plus, the Rams made the switch back to veteran QB Shaun Hill last week and the results were immediate in a shocking thumping of the Broncos. St. Louis is now featuring rookie ...

Local lawmaker aims to block pay raises A local lawmaker says he’ll work to block a pay raise for elected officials. State Rep. Eric Burlison, (R) Springfield, announced that he will serve as a co-sponsor of legislation designed to reject a proposed pay increase for Missouri’s elected officials. Burlison will work with State Rep. Mark Parkinson, (R), St. Charles, to draft the resolution that will be used to prevent the raises recommended by ...

Arkansas looks for second straight SEC win; hosts #8 Ole Miss Both teams have plenty at stake Saturday when Arkansas hosts No. 8 Ole Miss in an SEC West clash. The Rebels likely saw their hopes of reaching the inaugural College Football Playoff evaporate with consecutive losses to LSU and Auburn by a combined seven points, but they bounced back to thrash Presbyterian 48-0 before an open date last week. Arkansas is one win away from ...

Longtime employee promoted to Director of Planning and Development The City of Springfield didn’t have to wait long or look far to fill a key position at City Hall. Springfield’s Economic Development Director Mary Lilly Smith has been promoted to the position of Director of Planning and Development, effective Jan. 26, 2015. Smith follows Ralph Rognstad, who is retiring in January. She has worked for the City in a variety of roles, for 32 years, including ...

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Obama approves fresh guidelines for U.S. military in Afghanistan
U.S. soldiers line up to meet U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel before he departs from Kabul International AirportWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has approved plans giving U.S. military commanders broader authority in helping Afghanistan forces repel Taliban fighters after U.S. and NATO combat operations formally end in December, a senior administration official said. The decision, made in recent weeks, will allow U.S. forces to carry out limited missions against the Taliban seen as necessary to protect Americans and support Afghanistan's security forces. ...

Woods to work with Dallas-based teacher
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods is getting some help for his swing as he prepares to return to competition.

Family of NYC man killed by police seeks answers
A man who identified himself as a detective with the district attorney's office inspects the area in a stairwell where a man was allegedly shot by a police officer the night before at the Louis Pink Houses public housing complex, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Brooklyn borough of New York. A rookie police officer with his gun drawn shot to death 28-year-old Akai Gurley, an unarmed, innocent man in the darkened stairwell of the crime-ridden public housing complex, New York City police officials said Friday. The shooting appeared to be an accident, Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK (AP) — Stunned relatives of an unarmed man killed by a rookie police officer in a dark public housing stairwell looked on as the Rev. Al Sharpton and public officials demand a full investigation Saturday into what law enforcement officials have termed an apparent accident.

U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars
Tribal fighters take part in a military training to prepare for fighting against Islamic State militants, in AnbarBy Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion spending request to Congress focusing on training and arming Iraqi and Kurdish forces. ...

Cleanup on, flood threat looms after huge NY snow
Beth Bragg carries a shovel to the Old First Ward Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. Volunteers registered at the center and fanned out to the hardest hit areas of Buffalo to help clear snow after this week's heavy lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Beth Bragg's home was spared the worst of a lake-effect storm that buried parts of the Buffalo area under more than 7 feet of snow. So why was she out first-thing Saturday with her shovel?