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U.S. Mint readying Marshals Service coins

PHILADELPHIA — The silver dollar glistens in Paul Zwizanski’s fingers as he carefully raises it for a closer look and he’s pleased with the result. A fourth strike delivered by the Grabener press removes a wavy appearance to the surface of the iconic Marshals Service badge that highlights the observe side of this commemorative coin. It is now mirror smooth.

Women’s coalition formed to support Pryor

LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., announced Thursday the creation of Women for Pryor, a grassroots coalition that will seek to rally the support of women voters in the second-term senator’s tough election fight with U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle.

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.

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.