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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former Arkansas judge has asked the high court to reconsider his request to appeal his federal bribery conviction.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The public corruption trial of a former Arkansas senator will start next week after a federal judge denied a request to delay it.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that former Sen. Jon Woods and co-defendants Oren Paris III and Randell Shelton Jr. will stand trial in a reported kickback scheme. Woods faces 15 counts of fraud, all related to either wire or mail transfers of money.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Congresswoman Diane Black wants Tennessee's General Assembly and Congress to disclose sexual harassment claims and settlements involving lawmakers and staffers.

Black told The Tennessean Thursday that victims should be released from non-disclosure agreements and Congress and the Assembly should identify perpetrators, but shield victim identities.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's national security team (all times local):

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The White House says Rex Tillerson continues to lead the State Department.

That's after reports that White House officials are discussing a plan to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in what would be a major shake-up of the president's national security team.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says there are "no personnel announcements at this time."

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MCCRORY, Ark. (AP) - A city in east-central Arkansas has settled a federal lawsuit brought by a national civil rights organization over an attempt to ban mobile homes worth less than $7,500.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - President Donald Trump is returning to Missouri for the second time in three months.

The White House says Trump will speak Wednesday in St. Charles.

The speech comes as Trump and other Republican leaders seek to pass tax overhaul legislation by the end of the year. The House recently passed a $1.5 trillion bill and Senate GOP leaders hope to push their bill through this week. The package blends a sharp reduction in top corporate and business tax rates with more modest relief for individuals.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin has formed a nonprofit he says will strive to educate people about foreign affairs.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Martin filed incorporation paperwork this month to create the Arkansas Foreign Affairs Roundtable.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled against using grants from the state's surplus funds in a move that threatens plans for a monument honoring Gold Star families.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the court ruled last month that legislator-directed grants from the state's General Improvement Fund are unconstitutional.

A committee in charge of planning the Gold Star monument was supposed receive $90,000 from that fund in the form of two grants.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Four of the seven major candidates for Tennessee governor are declining to release details of their federal income tax returns.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The boyhood home of country music icon Johnny Cash is being considered as a nominee for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program's review board is to meet Wednesday to consider 14 properties for nomination to the list of the nation's historic places.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed a new member to the Missouri State Board of Education less than an hour before it's expected to discuss whether to fire the state's top education official.

Greitens on Tuesday appointed Jennifer Edwards, the president and co-founder of advocacy group Decoding Dyslexia Missouri. She's from Springfield.

The appointment was announced shortly before board members were set to meet in Jefferson City. They're expected to discuss whether to fire the state's top education official, Commissioner Margie Vandeven.

DEWITT, Ark. (AP) - Officials have identified the three people who were killed when a medical helicopter crashed in eastern Arkansas.

Pafford Air One identified the victims as 46-year-old pilot Michael Bollen of Hot Springs, 61-year-old flight nurse James Lawson Spruiell of Sulligent, Alabama; and 26-year-old flight paramedic John Auld III, who went by the nickname Trey, of Shreveport, Louisiana.

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Austin Cook was chased by proven PGA Tour winners all day at the RSM Classic.

Now the Arkansas player is one of them.

The PGA Tour rookie held off veterans Brian Gay, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner and Brian Harman on Sunday at the chilly, windy Sea Island Club's Seaside Course.

Cook closed with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over J.J. Spaun. The victory in the final PGA Tour event of the calendar year gave Cook a spot in the Masters next year.

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HUMBOLDT, Tenn. (AP) - Tyson Foods Inc. says it plans to build a new chicken production complex in Tennessee, a $300 million project that is expected to create more than 1,500 jobs when the facility begins operations in late 2019.

The Springdale, Arkansas-based company said Monday that the new plant in Humboldt, about 85 miles northeast of Memphis, will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores nationwide. The company says it will help it meet strong consumer demand for its chicken.

DEWITT, Ark. (AP) - Officials say a medical helicopter has crashed in rural Arkansas, killing all three people on board.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirms the helicopter went down Sunday night near the Arkansas County town of DeWitt, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Little Rock.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the aircraft was flying from Pine Bluff to DeWitt at the time of the wreck. Lunsford says no patients were on board.

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