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No two words could define this year’s legislative session more than these: “private option.”

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 4:26pm

Female leaders and a few brave men packed the room at the University of Arkansas Global Campus in Rogers on Wednesday (Jan. 14) to discuss teen pregnancy and the impact this age-old problem continues to have on the economic advancement of women.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 7:40pm

On Wednesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson disclosed more details of his proposed middle-class tax cut plan, which included an adjustment at the low end of his proposal to account for a change in state tax brackets.

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 7:07pm

Following Tuesday’s (Jan.

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 10:26pm

A majority of the Fort Smith Board of Directors appear open to the idea of redirecting a portion of the city’s sales tax revenue for streets to help fund a plan to create a “continuous” and “connected” trail system in the city.

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 6:55pm

If you ask Conner Eldridge about his political future don’t expect an answer. The 37-year-old Prosecuting Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas responds to political questions with a wide grin, twinkling eyes and initial silence.

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 5:36pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson will give a “health care reform address” Jan. 22, he said Tuesday to a packed Arkansas House of Representatives chamber after taking the oath of office as the state’s 46th governor.

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 2:26pm

Sen. President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, opened the 2015 legislative session by urging his colleagues to have faith in each other the way he has had faith in his sons.

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 5:47pm

There have emerged two problems with an effort by the city of Fort Smith to raise $89,000 through hikes in alcohol permits and fees as part of a plan to help offset $1.425 million in city employee raises. The first is that the plan may raise less than expected.

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 5:08pm

Rep. Jon Eubanks of Paris and Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville were some of the several legislators from the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas to receive House leadership positions in the newly sworn-in 2015 General Assembly.

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 3:01pm

The U.S. House of Representatives, including all four members of the state’s House delegation, voted Friday to approve a pipeline project that supporters say will create jobs while opponents have argued environmental concerns.

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 6:25pm

When the 90th General Assembly convenes next week, the ghosts of Arkansas’ political past won’t recognize the party make-up of the state capitol.

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 7:35pm

The leaders of the Arkansas House and Senate hope the Legislature takes quick action on Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson’s middle class tax cut and on the private option, and both say there is little interest in the Legislature for building a $100 million prison.

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:29pm

A light agenda gave way to a spirited town hall session at the Jan. 6 meeting of the Fort Smith Board of Directors, and there was one main topic on everyone’s mind: a consent decree that could end up tripling the sewer volume usage charge on monthly water department bills by 2026.

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 10:27pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson and soon-to-be First Lady Susan Hutchinson held their first two pre-inauguration events in their “home” regions of Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith, with the Gov.-elect using the events to announce top appointments and speak about his future role as the state’s chief ex

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 8:56pm

A new session of Congress started Tuesday, as two new congressmen and a new senator made history as an all-Republican Arkansas delegation took office.

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 7:46pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson made plenty of news in a pre-session Q&A with reporters at the state capitol on Tuesday (Jan. 6).

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:50pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson announced Wendy Kelley as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC). Kelley is the chief deputy director of ADC, a position she has held since January of 2014. She is the first female to hold the role of ADC director.

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 6:47am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that the agreement with the city of Fort Smith will over the next 12 years cost $255 million “plus the cost of routine operation and maintenance.” That’s a big “plus,” which is to say it’s in the neighborhood of another $225 million.

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 9:04pm

Former two-term Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said Saturday that he was ending his cable television show to look at a possible run for the White House next year. He made the announcement during the “Huckabee” show on the Fox News Channel.

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 11:36am

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