Arkansas fifth-grade teacher preparing DNC speech

LITTLE ROCK — Speakers from Arkansas who will be talking up presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week include well-known names like Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton — and one not no so well-known name.

Ethics panel: Campaigning by Hutchinson OK

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Ethics Commission on Friday dismissed a complaint alleging that Gov. Asa Hutchinson violated ethics laws by campaigning for a state legislative candidate during regular office hours.

Eldridge says he’ll take debate truck to Rogers

LITTLE ROCK — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Conner Eldridge said Thursday he will take a debate truck and two podiums to Rogers on Saturday to make it “easy” for Republican incumbent John Boozman to meet him for a debate.

Arkansas man named new chairman of USA Rice

LITTLE ROCK — The board of directors of USA Rice, a national organization that advocates for the rice industry, said Thursday it has chosen an Arkansas rice merchant to be its new chairman.



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.