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A Friday roundup includes U.S. Senator Boozman praising a proposed increase in border security spending, Ozark Beer Company celebrating its new space in downtown Rogers, and more.

Republicans React to Trump Budget

May 25, 2017

Members of the Arkansas congressional delegation – all Republicans – say they’re still evaluating the proposed budget President Trump has sent to Congress.

ADEQ Director Testifies in House

May 24, 2017

The head of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is praising President Trump’s EPA for taking a step back from directing states. ADEQ Director Becky Keogh testified to members of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology’s subcommittee on Environment yesterday. Keogh complained that Arkansas regulators were routinely second-guessed by President Obama’s EPA and immersed in expensive legal research.

According to Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach, more than 600,000 acres of farmland were adversely affected by recent floods. Veach says he expects the nearly $200 million in damage to have an impact on the entire state’s economy.

The Arkansas Board of Corrections has approved a contract to continue operating an online portal that assists former inmates reentering society. The website connects ex-offenders with nonprofits, employers and other service providers.