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Gov. Asa Hutchinson today announced on Monday (Jan. 26) the following appointments to boards and commissions: 


William “Dubs” Byers, Gould, to the Board of Corrections. Appointment expires Dec. 31, 2021. Replaces Janis Walmsley.

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:39pm

Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders vetoed an ordinance to provide organizers of the Steel Horse Motorcycle Rally with an $84,000 donation from the city's general fund.

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 3:57pm

The third week of the Arkansas General Assembly starts Monday, with legislators expected to act on several issues including the Governor’s budget, tax cuts, the private option and the state’s lottery.

The following is a breakdown of the week ahead:

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 12:53pm

A key part of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s tax-cutting legislative agenda moved from one end of the capitol to the other Thursday as plans for a House committee hearing are being ironed out.

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 8:51pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson delivered a major health care policy speech at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science on Thursday (Jan. 22) and called on the state Legislature to renew funding for the private option through Dec. 31, 2016.

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:02pm

The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce has endorsed a plan that would direct around $10 million in sales tax revenue during the next 10 years toward building and maintaining a citywide trails system.

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 11:55am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s signature middle class tax cut unanimously passed the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee Wednesday with an amendment to do away with a capital gains tax cut passed two years ago.

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:54pm

Civic involvement and undoing a 2015 budget item were front-and-center at the Fort Smith Board of Directors Jan. 20 regular meeting.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:35pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said his mind is made up on the private option and he will make his vision for health care clear on Thursday in a major policy speech.

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 5:14pm

A bill has been filed that would require all executive sessions to be recorded, with copies provided to the prosecuting attorney’s office for review. Prosecutors will oppose it as written because it would add too much work to their offices.

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 1:25pm

About 40 people gathered Friday night (Jan.

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 9:33pm

A so-called “web-cam abortion bill” was filed Thursday with supporters expecting a committee hearing on the bill sometime in the near future, its sponsor said.

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:03pm

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

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