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Worth Sparkman
24 hours ago - News

Clintons create platform for discussions on equality

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art last week, and Chelsea Clinton speaking at the Heartland Summit in Bentonville in May. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

People from around the globe convened at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock Friday to talk about women's rights being indistinguishable from human rights.

  • The event was hosted by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and vice chair of the Clinton Foundation Chelsea Clinton.
Worth Sparkman
Dec 2, 2022 - News

Arkansas health care and broadband get ARPA nod

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Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios

Arkansas' American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Steering Committee on Thursday gave its OK for $91.9 million in ARPA funding to advance various health care-related projects.

Why it matters: The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and exacerbated inadequacies, stress points and financial issues in Arkansas' health care system.

Hillary Clinton talks democracy in NWA

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered questions posed by Angie Maxwell, director of the Diane Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Former first lady of Arkansas, presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Wednesday night.

  • Her appearance, for which Angie Maxwell, director of the Diane Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society ​at the University of Arkansas, moderated, was part of the museum's "We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy" exhibition.
Worth Sparkman
Nov 30, 2022 - Politics

Defense takes turn in federal transgender youth trial in Arkansas

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A trial to decide the fate of Arkansas' 2021 law banning gender-affirming medical care for minors resumed Monday.

  • At issue is whether to uphold or permanently block a law Gov. Asa Hutchinson refused to sign.
Worth Sparkman
Nov 30, 2022 - News

Clintons elevate women's voices at Arkansas summit

Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton accept an award.

Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton accept an award during Variety's Power of Women on Sept. 28. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Variety via Getty Images

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and vice chair of the Clinton Foundation Chelsea Clinton are hosting a "Women's Voices Summit" in Little Rock on Friday.

What's happening: Organizers say conversations at the full-day event will explore women's equality by addressing the maternal health crisis and reproductive rights, the power of young women voters, and the rights of Iranian women and girls.

Worth Sparkman
Nov 29, 2022 - Business

Arkansas lawmakers look to next farm bill

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Sen. John Boozman and Rep. Rick Crawford — both Republicans — are already looking at possible changes to the next farm bill, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Why it matters: The bill allocates funding for federal nutrition, farming and conservation programs as well as agriculture research and rural development.

Alex Golden
Nov 28, 2022 - Politics

Runoffs are coming in NWA

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Most local and state elections were decided after the Nov. 8 midterms, but voters still have some decisions to make.

What's happening: Early voting for runoff elections starts Tuesday, Nov. 29. Election Day is Dec. 6.

Worth Sparkman
Nov 23, 2022 - Politics

Before inauguration, Sarah Huckabee Sanders planning for 2026 bid

Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives her acceptance speech.

Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives her acceptance speech. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Even as her team is busy planning an inauguration ball, Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders has her eye on re-election.

Driving the news: This week the Sanders administration announced an agenda for her inauguration festivities Jan. 7 and 10, 2023 and appointed her chief of staff, and the campaign named a senior adviser for a 2026 bid.

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