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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.

Boozman sees smooth sailing for VA nominee

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s choice to take over the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs should sail through the Senate confirmation process, according to U.S. Sen. John Boozman , R-Ark.

Report ranks Arkansas 41st in well-being of children

LITTLE ROCK — An annual report ranks Arkansas 41st in the nation in the overall well-being of its children, down from 40th last year, and shows that child poverty has increased in the state, although gains have been made in health care coverage and education.

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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.

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