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News Minute: Here is the latest Arkansas news from The Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Federal and state officials have announced the arrest of 23 people and the search for two more charged in connection with what officials say was a drug distribution ring based in Little Rock. Authorities say 20 were arrested in Little Rock; one in West Memphis; one in the Mesquite/Dallas, Texas, area; and one in Atlanta.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican rival U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton are tangling over missed votes in the House and the format of their upcoming televised debate as their nationally watched race heats up. Pryor criticized Cotton for missing House votes on Monday, the same day his campaign had a fundraiser scheduled in Houston, Texas. Cotton accused Pryor of ducking foreign policy questions in a televised debate next month.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The National Rifle Association says it's launching a $1.3 million television ad campaign to promote Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, a little over a year after the group ran radio ads defending Pryor's record on guns. The NRA says the 30-second spot will begin running in Little Rock and Jonesboro starting Wednesday and will run for at least four weeks.

LOWELL, Ark. (AP) - A freight brokerage company has announced plans to open an office in Lowell in northwestern Arkansas and hire up to 50 employees. Total Quality Logistics says it will invest $250,000 and that hiring will begin immediately. The Cincinnati-based company says most of the jobs are sales positions.

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