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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Arkansas Business) -- Arkansas Business Internet editor Lance Turner stops by "THV 11 News This Morning" to share the latest business headlines. 

    All eyes on Washington DC as Congress continues work on the fiscal cliff deal approved by the Senate.

    For their part, both Arkansas senators voted in favor of the legislation.

    Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor says he's pleased Democrats and Republicans were able to reach a compromise. He says not everyone agrees with the details of the plan but that's "the art of compromise and consensus building."

    And Republican Sen. John Boozman says he's proud lawmakers were able to reach an agreement "to prevent the largest tax hike in American history."

    He hailed the bipartisan plan but said there was no reason lawmakers should wait until the last minute to deal with policy issues.

    Elsewhere in Arkansas, a lawsuit over a vote that legalized alcohol sales in the Sebastian County city of Barling.

    City voters approved a measure on Nov. 6 taking the city from dry to wet -- but opponents are challenging it, saying that some Sebastian County voters should have been allowed to cast ballots.

    In the lawsuit, attorneys argued that because the entire southern district of the county voted to go "dry" in 1944, state law requires the entire district to vote on whether a single city can allow liquor sales.

    Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue, who represents the county election commission, said the lawsuit should be dismissed -- mainly by a technicality.

    The judge hopes to rule on the validity of the election soon.

    And finally, a bit of restaurant news.

    Little Rock's Pizza Cafe expanding again. The restaurant, which has its original location in the Riverdale district, is opening a location in west Little Rock at 14-710 Cantrell Road.

    The 23-hundred-square-foot space was previously home to a Bruster's Real Ice Cream shop.

    Pizza Cafe recently leased the spot, and owner Frankie Harrison said the restaurant should be open by mid-January.

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