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Crawford opposes VA bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, was one of just five House members on Wednesday who voted against a $16.3 billion bill crafted in response to a VA hospital scandal over long waiting lists and falsified records.

Biomass company to open plant in Monticello

LITTLE ROCK — Houston-based Zilkha Biomass Energy said Wednesday it will spend $90 million to open a biomass wood pellet manufacturing plant in Monticello that will employ 52 people.

Sports

KING: Lining Up Viewing Schedule

LITTLE ROCK — Inspired by the SEC’s announcement that all 14 schools will play football on the conference’s new network during the first four weeks of the season, the exercise in long-range planning was to identify the must-see game of the week while dealing with some self-imposed parameters.

Opinion

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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