Arthur I. Cyr: Afghanistan progress is uneven but undeniable

The visit of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington has dominated news headlines and discussion. Meanwhile, the visit of another leader of an important U.S. ally has received far less coverage.That is unfortunate, because Afghanistan’s new President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani plays pivotal roles in regional and global terms. He received uniformly positive welcomes from President Barack Obama and both parties in Congress, where he delivered a message of hope and progress. […]

Seven Springfield Residents indicted for false tax claims

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that seven Springfield, Mo., residents are among 13 defendants who have been indicted for their roles in a conspiracy to receive more than $340,000 in fraudulent income tax refunds.Cherie Christine Dupuis, 42, Claudia Dorsey, 33, Travis L. Ashmead, 29, Amanda Leigh Boyd, 32, Johnny L. Cooper, 25, Lisa Lorre Dehaven, 34, and Jeannie Marie Rhodes, 33, all of Springfield; Shawna Marie Hughey, 36, of Jop…

Morning Jolt: Arkansas gov to decide this morning if he signs religious freedom act

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will decide by 11:30 a.m. EDT if he’s going to sign a “religious freedom” bill that was approved by legislators last night. The bill is similar to the one that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed this week that has caused a huge uproar and has created backlash from businesses including Walmart and the NCAA. On Monday, Hutchinson said, “If this bill reaches my desk in similar form as to what has been passed in 20 other states then I will sign it.”