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Arkansas veterans who farm have new "brand"

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas military veterans who farm will be able to affix a “Homegrown by Heroes” label to their produce under a new program announced Thursday by the state Agriculture Department and the state Department of Veterans Affairs.
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“We refuse to simply shrug our shoulders and abandon basic principles that have guided our country successfully the past 239 years. We will work with other conservative leaders in our state and across the nation, strengthen the bonds of unity, and explore all available options. That certainly includes increased legislative protections for our First Amendment freedoms to exercise religion.”

— Statement issued Tuesday by the Republican House Caucus
LITTLE ROCK — Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made gay marriage legal nationwide does not affect private individuals or churches, Gov. Asa Hutchinson reiterated Thursday, after state House and Senate Republicans issued statements pledging to pass legislation to protect people and churches from the ruling’s impact.
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Fort Smith leaders and representatives of the Central Business Improvement District officially welcomed the public to the downtown splash pad Thursday night.

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Like other cities, Fort Smith closed its offices today in observance of Independence Day, but touts community activities this weekend and throughout the season.
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The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith’s 35th annual Season of Entertainment schedule is set to bring country hit-maker and actress LeAnn Rimes, Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone and “top-level” presentations of “Ragtime” and “Million Dollar Quartet” to a local stage, said Stacey Jones, UAFS associate vice chancellor for campus and community events.

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Two Grammy Award-winning artists, national-touring productions and talent showcases focusing on regional performers promise to make the 2015-2016 academic year a most-momentous occasion, said one official.
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Opinion columnist Steve Brawner discusses the increasing divide among Americans on health care, gay marriage and other issues.

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More than a quarter of respondents to a recent national GasBuddy.com summer travel survey said their ideal summer vacation spot is a state or national park.

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Arkansas’ national and state parks are expected to see higher visitation this Independence Day weekend thanks to the cheapest gas prices since 2009.
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Jason Satterfield, 44, was serving a 15-year sentence for violating the Arkansas Hot Check Law. He would've been eligible to apply for parole in April 2017.

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“I’m pleased that the judge agreed the city did not violate the Whistle Blower Act. and that our management and supervisory employees acted properly.”

— Ray Gosack, Fort Smith city administrator

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A Sebastian County judge this week dismissed an Arkansas Whistle Blower Act lawsuit against the Fort Smith police chief and others.
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“He could go into a classroom and everybody would just be quiet and listen to him. He earned that right by showing respect to the kids.”

— Dana Seaton, Kimmons Junior High counselor

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Judge Rebecca Nightingale issued the order after an activist group submitted a petition aimed at compelling a grand jury investigation into Sheriff Stanley Glanz and his department.

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TULSA — An Oklahoma judge on Tuesday ordered a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, which has been under scrutiny since a white reserve sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a black suspect in April.
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