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Hopeful in Arkansas House race to run as independent

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A Hot Springs community college instructor says she'll now run for the open 4th Congressional District seat as an independent, rather than a Democrat.

Janis Percefull told The Sentinel-Record that she's making the switch because the $10,000 filing fee approved by the state Democratic Party was too high. Percefull says the fee is "obscene and abhorrent" in a state where poverty is widespread.

The Republican Party of Arkansas charges a $15,000 filing fee to run for the U.S. House.

Percefull says she's now gathering signatures to qualify for the ballot.

Percefull is one of several candidates running for the seat that will be vacated by U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. Tommy Moll and Bruce Westerman are running for the GOP nomination, while James Lee Witt is running on the Democratic side.

US Sen. Rand Paul: Spying scandal helps GOP

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Potential presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he believes Republicans could lure young voters if they focus on privacy issues following the revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance.
    
The Republican senator from Kentucky on Friday said he believed the disclosures about the scope of the NSA's spying techniques. The agency has faced national and international backlash following a wave of leaks from former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden.
    
President Barack Obama in January ordered new limits on the way intelligence officials access phone records from hundreds of millions of Americans. Paul said the Republican Party needs to expand its appeal to win back the White House.
    
Paul spoke at a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Arkansas.

City debuts new website next Tuesday

City debuts new website next Tuesday

HOT SPRINGS (HS) – The City of Hot Springs will hold a virtual ribbon cutting of the city’s new website, www.cityhs.net , at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28 in the Board Chambers at City Hall, 133 Convention Boulevard.   Refreshments will be served, and interested residents are invited to attend. 

Arkansas governor candidates to address educators

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The candidates for Arkansas governor are to address educators at a conference in Hot Springs.

The Arkansas Public School Resource Center is meeting at the Hot Springs Convention Center on Tuesday, with a theme of digital learning and assessment.

A segment on Tuesday afternoon includes a session with the candidates, Republicans Curtis Coleman, Debra Hobbs and Asa Hutchinson, and Democrat Mike Ross.

Each candidate will be able to discuss their planned education policies and are to take audience questions.

The forum is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

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Sherwood, Hot Springs head to polls; Unofficial results are in

SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) - Two Arkansas cities took to the polls Tuesday night-Sherwood and Hot Springs.

Sherwood voters headed to the polls to decide whether to keep North Little Rock Electric. At last check, the Pulaski County Election Commission said 1,921 to 858 voted in favor of keeping the utility.

In Hot Springs, residents voted on changing the city government from a city manager and board of directors to a mayor and city council set up. Our partners at the Hot Springs Daily reported unofficial results at 2,270 against change and 242 for.

Voters to decide on penny tax, community center, form of gov't

UNDATED (KTHV) - A handful of cities and counties in Arkansas have elections on Tuesday, May 14.

In Sebastian County and Fort Smith, voters decide whether to continue implementing a penny sales tax. The tax has been in place for 20 years; in 2012, it contributed nearly $22 million to the county.

Hot Springs residents could switch the way their government is run. They're deciding whether to keep the current city manager plan or change to the traditional mayor and city council structure.

In Pine Bluff, the Watson Chapel School District wants to raise the millage rate to build a new elementary school; voters will decide whether to do that on Tuesday.

Cotton holds town hall meeting, veterans assistance session

Cotton holds town hall meeting, veterans assistance session

Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) will hold a town hall meeting in Hot Springs Village on March 25, 2013 from 8 - 9 am in the auditorium. The event is open to the public and to the media. Constituents will have the opportunity to hear brief remarks from the Congressman and ask him questions. Immediately following the town hall there will be a staff-led Veterans Assistance Session in room 1 of the community center. Members of the Congressman’s staff will be available to provide information and answer questions about VA related issues.

Date:            Monday, March 25, 2013

Location:        Coronado Community Center, 150 Ponderosa Lane, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909

Time:           8 - 9 am (Town Hall), 9 - 11 am (Veterans Assistance Session)