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Asa Hutchinson Seeks $7.4M to Open 200 Prison Beds

Asa Hutchinson Seeks $7.4M to Open 200 Prison Beds

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's asking lawmakers to approve spending $7.4 million from Arkansas' discretionary funds to open 200 more prison beds in an effort to ease overcrowding of state inmates at county jails.
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Mike Huckabee Criticizes Iran Deal as Being Similar to Holocaust

GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is sticking with his controversial criticism of the Iran nuclear deal as "marching the Israelis to the door of the oven," a reference to the Holocaust.
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SPP: State-by-State Approach to Cutting Emissions Costly

Southwest Power Pool says the proposed federal Clean Power Plan will result in higher energy costs if instituted on a state-by-state basis.
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