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Beebe: Confident both parties will work together

LITTLE ROCK Ark. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe says he's confident both parties in the Arkansas Legislature will find a way to work together after Republicans wrested control of the state Senate and were poised to win a majority in the House.

Beebe told reporters on Wednesday that he had expected Tuesday's election to produce a closely divided Legislature for either party. Republicans won a majority in the state Senate for the first time since Reconstruction and could take control of the House as well.

Republicans made the legislative gains while also taking all 4 of Arkansas' congressional seats.

Beebe said the election wouldn't change his agenda for next year's session, including a likely push to continue cutting the state's grocery tax. Republicans say they want to focus on cutting the state's income taxes.

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