WASHINGTONâ€” Republicans are counting on some Southern comfort to win Senate control next year.
The fate of Democratic incumbents in GOP-trending Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, the ability of the 71-year-old GOP leader to hold his Kentucky seat and the eventual outcome of a Georgia primary will help decide whether Republicans gain the six seats necessary to grab power in the Senate for the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency.
LITTLE ROCKâ€” The Arkansas Education Department is starting a program to urge motorists to be careful around school buses.
Classes resume this month across the state and the department is starting a campaign on Monday called, "Flashing Red, Kids Ahead."
The three-week campaign will emphasize that it is illegal for a driver to pass a stopped school whenever its red lights are flashing and students are loading or unloading.
Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell says drivers have an obligation to know the law and a responsibility to drive safely when near students and school buses.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for parts of Arkansas, including Saline County.
The watch is in effect until midnight.