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

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Democrats Mark Pryor and Mike Ross took different positions on the president's federal health overhaul plan when it came before Congress four years ago. But, running in the two hottest races in Arkansas this fall, both find themselves under attack on the issue. Pryor, running for re-election to the Senate, and Ross, a former congressman running for governor, are facing Republican opponents touting an "Obamacare" message.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' more than 1,000 public schools will soon be graded with the same A-through-F rating system the schools apply to their students. The Democrat-Gazette reports the letter-grade system, required by changes in state law in 2013, is in the final stages of development. If approved by the state Board of Education later this year, letter grades will replace an older, little-noticed practice of rating schools on a 1-to-5 scale.

FOR SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Fort Smith's latest sales-tax report shows revenues in July continued an upward trend over 2013 while missing budget estimates by about 1 percent. The Fort Smith Times Record reports the Fort Smith Finance Department indicates revenues hit $3.26 million, which was 1.26 percent more than last July and $38,000, below budget estimates for the month.

LAKE CITY, Ark. (AP) - Farmers in the southeast United States are moving into sesame production, producing millions of seeds for tahini or hamburger buns. Last year in Arkansas, a field that produced 1,000 pounds per acre would have brought in around $420 before expenses.

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