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In a relaxed atmosphere before a business-friendly crowd at the State Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., shared his views Thursday afternoon on a wide-range of topics from the Iranian nuclear deal to free-trade with Cuba.

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:59pm

Arkansas’ private option has reduced the state’s uninsured ranks, reduced uncompensated care, and strengthened the overall insurance marketplace serving other insurance recipients, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says.

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 7:51pm

Depending on who you talk to, new Sebastian County property assessments are either “way out of whack” or are good reflections of property value changes in the past five years with a few “outliers” that will eventually be corrected.

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 6:10pm

An Arkansas law moving up the deadline for independent candidates to present their petition signatures is constitutional because the state has a compelling interest in the earlier date, a district judge ruled Tuesday.

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 4:21pm

It soon became apparent Tuesday (Aug. 25) that at least four members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors are not happy with a pitch by city Human Resources Director Richard Jones to stick with the city’s self-insured health care plan and not look at plans used by other cities.

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 11:23pm

A line is drawn in the sand as the two sides of a proposed controversial ordinance in Fayetteville move into the final two weeks trying to encourage voters to join their respective camps.

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 10:47pm

The Arkansas Good Roads Foundation, a group that advocates for transportation investment and spending, is recommending an increase in the state’s motor fuel taxes of 10 cents per gallon to raise $125.7 million for state highway needs,

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 8:49pm

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the state Public Service Commission on Monday announced they would reconvene stakeholder meetings on Oct.

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 6:24pm

Former U.S. Prosecuting Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge, who resigned from his post on Friday (Aug. 21), issued a statement Monday to address speculation on his potential political future.

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 5:54pm

A relaxation of off-street parking requirements in commercial zones is hoped to spur new development or redevelopment in older Fayetteville commercial areas. The proposal will be considered by the Fayetteville City Council on Sept.

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:12pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said flexibility is key in order for the state to sustain health care support for 220,000 Arkansans currently on the Private Option.

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 8:41pm

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce on Saturday (Aug. 22) confirmed its support for Ordinance 5781, a controversial civil rights proposal similar to one city voters rejected in a Dec. 9, 2014 election.

Sat, 08/22/2015 - 4:57pm

Arkansas college students, past and present, are carrying student loan debt amounting to $9 billion according to U.S. Department of Education figures provided to the Arkansas Student Loan Authority.

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:55am

State Rep. Justin Boyd, R-Fort Smith, announced Thursday (Aug. 20) that he will seek re-election to the House District 77 seat during the 2016 election cycle. He is in his first two-year term.

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:31am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson laid out a seven-point plan Wednesday (Aug. 19) that would continue Arkansas’ participation in Medicaid expansion through the private option while requiring recipients to participate in employer-sponsored plans and pay premiums.

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:49pm

Steve Parke, director of utilities for the city of Fort Smith, had another tough night in front of the city’s Board of Directors at Tuesday’s (Aug. 18) regular meeting.

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 10:15pm

The backlog of cases verifying the incomes of Medicaid and private option recipients has been eliminated, and the Department of Human Services again will begin sending out notices to private option recipients deemed ineligible because of changes in income or because they did not respond to a requ

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:52pm

Hundreds of students got a taste of computer coding at the Clinton Presidential Center on Saturday (Aug. 15), days before thousands more students begin taking high school classes on the same subject.

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 3:51pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday (Aug. 14) directed the Department of Human Services to end its agreements with Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, effective 30 days from today.

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:38pm

Citing a “significant health issue,” Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah announced his intent to resign from the state’s high court.

He issued the following statement:

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 6:42pm

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