Washington Digest: Congress dodges government shutdown

WASHINGTON — With just hours to spare before federal funding expired, Congress last week approved a stopgap measure to keep agencies open for another 10 weeks as they negotiate a budget for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.

Arkansas wine makers: Grape harvest best in years

ALTUS — The year 2015 is shaping up to be one of the best years for Arkansas grape growers in a long time, with favorable crops of Muscadine just in this week and other grapes fermenting with high expectation.

Hutchinson: Cuba stalled in time but verging on change

LITTLE ROCK — In his first meeting with Arkansas reporters since returning from his trade mission to Cuba, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday he believes Cuba is “stalled in time” but is on the verge of significant change.


This Is It - Hogs Face Near Must-Win At Tennessee

FAYETTEVILLE – During July’s Southeastern Conference Media Days general consensus was Arkansas-at-Tennessee was one of the five most intriguing games of the SEC schedule. The promising Volunteers were hot pick to finish near the top of the East. Arkansas were the same in the West.


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.

Editorial: Call-Blocking Essential To Consumer Protection

As recently reported by the Arkansas News Bureau, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Wednesday joined 44 other state attorneys general in calling on phone carriers AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and CenturyLink to offer call-blocking technology to their customers. We believe this is a necessary step to improve consumer protection.

Editorial: Baaatter up!

In his Epistle to the Romans, the Apostle Paul wrote at 13:12, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” This verse has an interesting relevance today as we note an important turning point in American sports history.