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Asa Hutchinson, the GOP nominee for Arkansas Governor, has an 8-point lead over his Democratic rival, Mike Ross, according to a new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:52pm

A "retreat" of Fort Smith's Central Business Improvement District commissioners Tuesday (Oct. 21) morning explored bringing more events to the district and forming a master land use plan for the downtown area.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:30pm

Arkansas’ open 4th District Congressional race suddenly got interesting. In contrast, there is no political drama in the 3rd Congressional District race in which incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, has a commanding lead in the polls.

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:09pm

The Crawford County Quorum Court on Monday (Oct. 20) approved appropriation reallocation requests for the Election Commission and the assessor's office.

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:16pm

Layoffs appear to be on the table for Fort Smith city employees as the city budget woes continue.

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:43pm

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, has stretched his lead against Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, according to a new poll released by Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College.

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:25pm

A meeting Monday (Oct. 20) of Sebastian County elected officials and local members of the General Assembly largely focused on reimbursement from the state of Arkansas to counties for housing state Department of Corrections prisoners.

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:02pm

They have only hosted one meeting, but a new student organization at Van Buren High School is already making waves after more than 60 students attended the first meeting of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) – the only such alliance among

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:57pm

The Fort Smith Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee received its first draft of the final proposed plan Thursday (Oct. 17) that will eventually be submitted to the Fort Smith Board of Directors for approval later this year.

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:27am

Asa Hutchinson (R) and Mike Ross (D) both want the state to join a lawsuit by 12 other states against proposed EPA regulations that would reduce carbon emissions by coal plants.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:40pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower court ruling and overturned a controversial voter ID law passed in the 2013 General Assembly.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:26pm

The city of Fort Smith may have seen a victory last week with the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging violations of the Freedom of Information Act, but the issue for the city is not over as it seeks legislative action to clarify sect

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 8:15pm

The shift of capital allocation for fiscal 2016 favors e-commerce and convenience formats at Walmart U.S., and for good reason, according to the retailer’s top executives who outlined their future plans during an investor meeting on Wednesday (Oct. 15) in Bentonville.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:00pm

The chance of the Arkansas General Assembly providing some sort of legislative relief to benefit Fort Smith and other cities facing funding shortfalls in pension contributions fund is "less than 5%.”

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:36am

It may have been a death match in Fayetteville Tuesday (Oct. 14) as the candidates for U.S.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:50am

Opposing Senate candidates U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, had little new to provide those Arkansas voters who may yet be undecided on a race that some national pundits say could be critical to which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:27pm

Real estate markets are often linked to economic performance but a report from Irvine, Calif.,-based RealtyTrac suggests that housing market turnarounds also favor incumbents in most of the eight hotly contested Senate races across the country.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:44pm

A lawsuit expected to be filed earlier this month by the Department of Justice against the city of Fort Smith over Clean Water Act violations has not yet been filed thanks to an effort by Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to resolve the issue outside the court.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:09pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe made the following appointments or reappointments to state boards and commissions.

Dr. David Beasley, Jonesboro, to the State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors. Appointment expires July 1, 2016. Replaces Sherman Smith.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:34pm

In a departure from the often times toxic nature of political races in the 21st century, the two candidates vying for an open at-large seat on the Fort Smith Board of Directors engaged in a civil discussion of issues facing the municipality in a candidate forum held at noon Monday (Oct.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:33pm


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