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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

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday (Aug. 13) that he expects to receive a request to set execution dates for one or more death row inmates from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge “within the coming week or so.”

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 5:39pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday sent a letter to the State Board of Education commenting on the recommendations from the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review, officials said.

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 7:27pm

State Rep. Mat Pitsch, R-Fort Smith, announced Wednesday (Aug. 12) that he will seek re-election to the District 76 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 1:16pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) on Wednesday (Aug. 12) announced the following appointments.

Tyler West, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council.  Appointment expires June 4, 2019.

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 11:30am

The Fort Smith Board of Directors met in a special meeting on Tuesday (Aug. 11) to determine the future of its 2005B Series Bonds with regard to underwriting allocations between Stephens, Inc., and Raymond James.

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 5:32pm

More than 1,300 Arkansas high school students have signed up to take a computer coding class this upcoming school year through the state’s online Virtual Arkansas, with an unknown number taking the course under classroom teachers at their local districts, Gov.

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:34pm

Conner Eldridge said Tuesday (Aug 11) that he is stepping down as U.S. Prosecuting Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas effective Aug. 21. It has been widely rumored that he is preparing to run in 2016 as a Democrat for U.S. Senate against U.S. Sen.

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:03am

It started with fireworks, continued with fireworks and ended with fireworks.

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 10:14am

As Arkansas’ Department of Workforce Services Director, Daryl Bassett leads one of the state’s largest agencies with an annual budget of $1.7 billion – a significant portion coming from federal workforce programs.

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:48pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey and 15 other states to ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for an immediate stay of its Clean Power Plan pending the outcome of an impending legal challenge to the rule.

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 6:55pm

A day after President Obama unveiled the centerpiece of his climate change proposal, representatives from Entergy Arkansas Inc. and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp.

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 2:20pm

A new collaborative program tagged A-Chance is aimed at helping children in violent and crime-ridden homes succeed in their school setting and in life. Conner Eldridge, U.S. Prosecuting Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, joined law enforcement and school officers on Wednesday (Aug.

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 1:33pm

The Department of Human Services will pause for the next two weeks in sending out notices of termination for the private option, and more staff members will be devoted to what Gov. Asa Hutchinson called an “information overload” during a press conference on Tuesday.

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 7:13pm

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Monday released its final rules on President Obama’s far-reaching and controversial “Clean Power Plan,” putting the nation on track to cut carbon pollution from the power sector 32% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 5:08pm

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