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A three-day special session wrapped up Thursday afternoon (May 28) after lawmakers approved a change to the state’s primary election date as well as a plan to bring up to 600 new jobs to South Arkansas.

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 8:15pm

Although Lockheed Martin has now pocketed an $87 million financing package from the state of Arkansas, a Washington, D.C.-based defense budget expert said there is no reason to believe that the Bethesda, Md.-based defense contractor has an advantage over rivals in the high-stakes Joint Light Tact

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:26am

The Senate approved a bill Wednesday night that would change the state’s primary election from May to March in 2016. Senators voted 28-6 to approve Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, capping a long day at the Capitol.

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 9:02pm

The Environmental Protection Agency issued Wednesday (May 27) what it called a “final” ruling on Clean Water Act regulations and said the new rules will not impact farmers and other private landowners.

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 4:15pm

The Arkansas House and Senate easily approved legislation Wednesday that would allow general obligations bonds under Amendment 82 to be set aside for Lockheed Martin’s bid to build the next-generation Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) in East Camden’s Highland Industrial Park.

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:41pm

A leader of Take Back the Fort says the group is delaying its effort to change Fort Smith’s form of city government until the November 2016 election. It’s a move they believe will give city leaders “enough rope to hang themselves.”

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 7:25am

A bill that would change the date of Arkansas’ presidential and party primaries, as well as the judicial general election, moved through a state House committee Tuesday (May 26), but companion bill in the Senate didn’t fare so well.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 8:22pm

As dozens of on-watchers took photos and “selfies” around a prototype of Lockheed Martin’s new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) parked at the steps of the State Capitol, Gov.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 7:03pm

As lawmakers prepared for the Memorial Day recess, Congress faced several tough issues including highway funding and trade, and one representative is resurrecting a decades-old award.

The following is a breakdown of the week for Arkansas’ Congressional delegation:

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 5:48pm

As part of the review process under Amendment 82, the state’s superproject amendment, lawmakers have received an independent consultant’s analysis of the proposed $87 million Lockheed Martin  Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) bond issue that will be at the center of debate in next week’s specia

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:46pm

Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders has vetoed an ordinance approved Tuesday (May 19)  by the Fort Smith Board of Directors that changes how the city manages a more than $42 million general fund budget.

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:46pm

Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue has asked Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for an opinion on the legality of Sebastian County Quorum Court Member Denny Altes being named the state’s Drug Director.

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:56pm

There was no disagreement Tuesday (May 19) on adopting new rules for food trucks in the city, but members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors were not in complete agreement over a change in how the city manages its budget, and hiring associated with the city’s federally-mandated program to impro

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:36pm

Faced with the expiration of the federal highway funding law and the impending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund, the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed the stopgap Highway Transportation Funding Act to continue highway funding authority through July.

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:51pm

A ruling by the World Trade Organization against a U.S. product labeling regulation is more proof that the U.S. law needs to be repealed, members of the state’s congressional delegation said Monday.

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 8:12pm

The twin issues of foreign policy and national security were on the agenda this past week as Arkansas’ Congressional lawmakers were in the middle of the debate on several issues.

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 6:46pm

Rep. Joe Jett, chairman of the House Revenue & Tax Committee, says he will propose to a working group a study of using 25% of surplus funds for potential future highway funding.

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 11:57am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named Denny Altes, a former legislator from Fort Smith who was elected to the Arkansas House and Senate, as the state’s Drug Director.

He replaces Fran Flener who retired last year. Steve Varady has served as interim Drug Director since Flener’s retirement.

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 6:30am

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