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D.C. Digest: House passes bill to ease menu rule

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House last week approved a bill to give restaurants more flexibility on posting calorie information and protect them from frivolous lawsuits and even criminal charges for adding an extra pickle or two.

Dollarway superintendent: systems lacking in district

LITTLE ROCK — The superintendent of the Dollarway School District told the state Board of Education on Thursday that a “lack of systems” is the biggest challenge the district faces as it seeks to address its academic problems.

Sports

Five burning questions from Diamond Hogs Media Day

FAYETTEVILLE - Less than a week from Opening Day at Baum Stadium, the Arkansas baseball team held its media day Saturday morning hours before one of the team’s final intra-squad scrimmages of the preseason.

Opinion

Guest commentary: Investing in jobs, low-cost clean energy, communities

Oklahoma is blessed with some of the strongest wind resources in the country. Homes and businesses in Arkansas and other states in the region need energy supplies that are clean, affordable and reliable. Congestion on the existing transmission grid makes it difficult to move energy from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Arkansas and further south and east. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project is necessary so that Oklahoma can reap the benefits of its great energy resources and Arkansas and other states can gain access to those resources at an economic scale. Investing in clean energy infrastructure will create jobs, foster growth in local communities and ultimately improve the quality of life in Oklahoma, Arkansas and other states.

Great Promise, Great Challenge

Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisconsin, was elected the 54th Speaker of the House this past Thursday. Ryan took the gavel from Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, who had been pressured to resign the post by the ultra-conservatives in the party.

PATE: A job not done and not well

I’ve been a bit out of sorts lately. It’s not that good things don’t happen to me every day, but life’s little travails just seem to have come in a big pack in recent times. As I’ve gotten older, I deal with setbacks better than I would have a few years ago. It’s like picking out splinters — after you’ve done it a couple hundred times, you develop a technique, but you probably don’t want any more practice.

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