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    Tuition bill would extend benefits to immigrant children

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas legislative panel could soon weigh in on a plan to extend less expensive in-state tuition rates to some students who came to the U.S. illegally as children.
        
    And the measure may now have a better chance of passing.
        
    A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe says he's not opposed to the proposal, despite concerns about it violating federal law.
        
    That marks a change for Beebe, who issued a legal opinion as the state's top attorney that helped kill a similar proposal in 2005. Beebe had said the measure violated a 1996 federal law.
        
    Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said the governor still has concerns about the federal law, but DeCample said Beebe won't be out campaigning against the in-state tuition measure this year.

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