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Crawford wants COOL Rule amended

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, says the United States should revise its country-of-origin labeling rule after the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico in an ongoing dispute over the requirement that grocery stores indicate the country, or countries, where meat was born, raised and slaughtered.

McDaniel announces school safety initiative

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Tuesday the launch of a training initiative for law enforcement officers, educators and emergency responders to help schools prepare for the possibility of active threats on campus.

Hutchinson, Ross spar over gun comments

LITTLE ROCK — Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson and Democratic candidate Mike Ross tangled Tuesday over their past statements on gun control and Hutchinson’s connections to overseas companies.

Early voting begins

LITTLE ROCK — By 4 p.m. Monday, 21,094 Arkansans had cast ballots on the first day of early voting for the Nov. 4 general election, according to Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office.

Huckabee headlines Rutledge rally

LITTLE ROCK — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee vouched for the character of attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge during a Republican Party rally on Monday, the first day of early voting for the Nov. 4 election.

Pryor: Obama should do more to address Ebola

LITTLE ROCK — In a news conference Friday, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., called on President Barack Obama to institute a temporary ban on travel to the U.S. from three Ebola-plagued West African countries and outlined other steps he said are needed to protect Americans from the deadly virus.