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Chris Christie backs Hutchinson

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas is the Republican Party’s “No. 1 pickup opportunity in the country,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday while visiting Arkansas to stump for Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson.

Tyson Foods, Hillshire Brands file proposed settlement with Justice Dept.

LITTLE ROCK — Springdale-based Tyson Foods and Chicago-based Hillshire Brands said Wednesday they have reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division on a proposed settlement that would allow Tyson’s $8.55 billion acquisition of Hillshire to proceed if approved in federal court.

Pryor defends Ebola ad

LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., on Wednesday defended his decision to release a television ad this week that accuses Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton of Dardanelle of voting to weaken the nation’s preparedness for a possible Ebola outbreak.

Arkansas gets $100,000 for water quality testing

WASHINGTON — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will use a $100,000 award from the Environmental Protection Agency to analyze chemicals found in the state’s rivers, lakes and streams.

Pryor, Cotton spar over hospital-funding vote

LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., on Tuesday called on his Republican election opponent to explain a 2013 vote against a bill that benefited Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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Four Downs: Malzahn, Auburn Keeping QB Plan Quiet

1. Johnson to Start, Marshall to Play: Auburn coach Gus Malzahn hasn’t provided many details regarding his quarterback plan for Saturday’s opener against Arkansas the past few weeks. His game week press conference didn’t really clear up any questions, either.

Dean Signs Financial Aid Agreement

FT. SMITH — Daytrieon Dean wanted to go ahead and take care of his college choice before concentrating on his senior season at Northside.

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