U.S. Marshals coin celebrated in D.C.

WASHINGTON — The final designs for coins commemorating the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service were unveiled Wednesday to strong approval from Arkansas lawmakers who championed legislation to have the coins minted.

Minimum wage proposal needs 15,107 more signatures

LITTLE ROCK — A group supporting a ballot proposal to raise the state minimum wage needs 15,107 more valid signatures of Arkansas voters to secure a spot on the ballot, Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office said Wednesday.

Witt campaign denies impropriety in county bid

PINE BLUFF — A spokesman for Democratic 4th Congressional District candidate James Lee Witt said Tuesday there is no merit to state GOP allegations that Witt improperly used his influence to win a contract for the consulting firm he founded.



Editorial: Keep E-Cigarettes Away From Minors

Electronic cigarettes, now a $1.5 billion to $2 billion business, have become difficult to ignore. The electronic devices, which might look like cigarettes or cigars or even pipes, come with different battery sizes and burn a variety of vapors that might contain a greater or smaller amount of nicotine and a flavor enhancer, according to a February Southwest Times Record report .

Editorial: Different goals should lead to different tests for alternative schools in Arkansas

Although we have always supported the hypothetical goal of leaving no students behind, we also have always held that in reality, not all students will make the same progress. Thus we have argued that alternative schools like Fort Smith’s Belle Point secondary school, which enrolls students who do not succeed in traditional schools, should not be judged by the same criteria as traditional schools face.