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Griffin backs idea of merging federal agencies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican Congressman Tim Griffin of Arkansas says he generally supports the idea of merging federal agencies to trim the size of government, but says he wants more details on a White House proposal to give the president authority to make those changes.

Griffin said Friday that he thinks similar mergers should happen throughout federal government. President Barack Obama announced he wanted to merge six major trade and commerce agencies with overlapping programs. The Commerce Department would be among those that would cease to exist.

Griffin and U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor spoke separately to members of the Arkansas Municipal League at the group's winter conference. Both focused primarily on proposals that they say will help spur job creation.

Democratic Congressman Mike Ross was expected to address the group later Friday.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

NLR mayor not seeking re-election

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's the end of an era in North Little Rock.

North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays, the longest-serving mayor in the city's history, will not seek re-election in 2012.

He has been mayor since 1989.

In a recent interview, Mayor Hays told THV he was "considering" retirement, but had not made a final decision. Hays said he would make that determination after spending the holidays with his family.

On Monday, he made the official announcement.

In the mayor's own words, he is quote, "not hanging up the cleats, but looking for a different locker room to put them in."

On Tuesday afternoon, THV had an in-depth interview with Mayor Hays who just turned 65 last weekend.

Beebe to address viewer questions on AETN’s ‘Arkansans Ask’

Beebe to address viewer questions on AETN’s ‘Arkansans Ask’


Gov. Mike Beebe will discuss state issues and answer viewer questions in the next episode of “Arkansans Ask,” airing on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) tonight at 7 p.m.

Viewers may submit questions by: phone, 800-662-2386; fax, (501) 852-2280; e-mail, paffairs@aetn.org; or via on-air phone, (501) 852-8426.

Steve Barnes moderates. The program is underwritten by the Arkansas State Employees Association.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming.

Gov. Beebe's schedule for Nov. 22-28

Gov. Beebe's schedule for Nov. 22-28


Tuesday, November 22

7:00 p.m.

Governor Beebe appears on the "Arkansans Ask:  Governor Mike Beebe" television program

AETN Studios, 350 South Donaghey, Conway


Monday, November 28

10:00 a.m.

Governor Beebe participates in the L'Oreal Solar Energy System ribbon-cutting ceremony

11500 Maybelline Road, North Little Rock

Voters asked to renew $575M in highway bonds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Voters are being asked to vote on a proposal to renew a $575 million bond issue to pay for interstate improvements in Arkansas.

Pritt decides not to run after all

Pritt decides not to run after all

Drew Pritt, a Democrat who said he would run for U.S. Congress against Tim Griffin (R), for U.S. Congress in the Second District, has changed his mind.

"I have withdrawn from races before and it simply is a question of too many hurdles to overcome," Pritt said in a statement. "I have my health first and foremost to consider. The fact I do not have the financial means to self-fund what will be a highly competitive race is an obstacle. And the fact a few people use the internet to spread malicious gossip and slander my name just is an added obstacle. In the end, I have to do what is right for myself, for my party, and for the people of the Second Congressional District and that is to withdraw my candidacy for U.S. Congress at this time."

Pritt to challenge Griffin for Congress

Pritt to challenge Griffin for Congress

Drew Pritt, an openly gay Democratic activist who ran for Lt. Governor in 2006 as the first openly gay candidate for statewide office in Arkansas, has announced he will challenge Tim Griffin for U.S. Congress in Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District.
"I believe this is going to be an unorthodox year in American politics," said Pritt. "I believe Americans need someone in U.S. Congress who understands the struggles of being unemployed, owning a small business or who understand what it means to be denied basic civil rights because of who you love or choose to share your life with. I believe most of all its time to stop being politically safe and lets truly be a democracy where we stand by our pledge when it says liberty and justice for all. All means all, not just some. That means civil liberties and economic liberty for ALL Americans, not just some. I am running for U.S.