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The 16-member Governor’s Council on Common Core Review will need more specifics, particularly about the testing process, Lt. Gov.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:14pm

Most members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors were hesitant to speculate about funding a trail plan if an upcoming 5% diversion tax fails to gain voter approval, but several would consider redirecting tax revenue now received by the Fort Smith Parks Department toward building out a proposed 3

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:01am

It flew under the radar for the most part, but a significant piece of legislation may make Arkansas a much easier place to start or run a business.

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 6:34pm

The group seeking renewal of Fort Smith’s 1% sales tax for street work and a 5% cut of that tax for trail and greenway work raised $5,000 in March to cover campaign costs. A Crawford County group seeking a 1% sales renewal raised just short of $5,000 for its campaign.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 5:51pm

Oral arguments in the case of State of West Virginia vs. Federal Environmental Protection Agency began Thursday morning (April 16) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The hearing was slated to last 80 minutes.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:28pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has a 63% favorable rating among registered voters in Arkansas, while President Barack Obama ranks much lower at 38%, according to a poll commissioned by Talk Business & Politics, Hendrix College and Impact Management Group.

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:21pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed three special justices to the state’s Supreme Court to hear a case involving same-sex marriage in Arkansas. Hutchinson also appointed several people from the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas to prominent state boards and special judicial service.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:33pm

A majority of Arkansans believe K-12 education in the state is on the wrong track, but they like their local schools. That’s according to the findings of a new poll commissioned by Talk Business & Politics, Hendrix College and Impact Management Group.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:50pm

Former Arkansas First Lady, U.S. First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is jumping in the 2016 Presidential race seeking the Democratic nomination for the first time since her failed 2008 bid.

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 7:33pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, has been named vice-chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 4:56pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that the consensus reached on extending the private option for two years while a task force studies its replacement was the “miracle of the session,” and he does not regret his role in initially advancing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 9:26pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson told a group of startup executives and entrepreneurs visiting Little Rock that one of his educational visions is for 20% of Arkansas students to eventually take computer coding classes while in high school.

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 7:50pm

A growing global middle class will provide opportunities for American exporters, but domestic companies will need support to compete with foreign firms who receive help from their own governments, the chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank said in a speech at the Clinton School of Publi

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:45pm

Sewer rates for all Fort Smith customers will increase May 1 to help pay for an estimated $480 million in federally mandated sewer system improvements. The rate hike is less than originally proposed but will raise the average monthly residential bill from $19.63 now to $47.91 by January 2017.

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:54pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed three bills into law Monday (April 6) that he said represent a fundamental shift in the state’s workforce development efforts.

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 8:22pm

Senate President Jonathan Dismang and Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam said they are satisfied with the outcome of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that nearly derailed the regular legislative session in the last full week.

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 8:09pm

The last full day of the 90th General Assembly regular session felt like a relay race at times as lawmakers hurriedly sped a compromise religious freedom solution through committee, to the governor, and back to the House again.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:15pm

A compromise religious freedom bill received a veto-proof majority in the House Thursday with the bill being signed into law. The group leading the opposition to the original religious freedom bill said the new language still opens the door to discrimination.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:02pm

Legislators from the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas give Gov. Asa Hutchinson high marks on his first legislative session.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 9:42pm

Former U.S. Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, the long-time and popular Congressman of Arkansas’ 3rd Congressional District and one of only two Republicans to defeat Bill Clinton in an election, has died. He was 92.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:35pm

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