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Cold, wintry weather didn’t freeze legislators from taking action on Monday. The House approved a bill that was voted down last week, while $10 million in funding for state inmates in county jails passed another hurdle in the Senate.

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 7:10pm

The Plains and Eastern Clean Line transmission project will reportedly deliver more than 3,500 megawatts “of low-cost wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to utilities and customers in Tennessee, Arkansas, and other markets in the Mid-South and Southeast,” according to the project websit

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:41pm

On Wednesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveiled his plan to reform the state’s prison, parole and probation programs in a holistic, comprehensive effort to reduce crime, stem repeat offenders and curtail a high-growth area of the state’s budget.

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 6:38pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., joined a tourism and travel roundtable on Friday to learn about problems facing public and private officials in one of Arkansas’ largest – and growing – industries.

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:31pm

A bill that would take $2.8 billion from general revenues over 10 years and dedicate the money to highways passed the House Committee on Public Transportation on a voice vote Thursday.

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 8:58pm

Arkansas voters may have a key role in deciding who the nominees for next year’s presidential election will be, a state Senator said Tuesday.

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:31pm

The weather early next week is expected to be cold, but lawmakers may be warming up to discussing workforce training, economic issues and criminal justice reform when the legislature reconvenes Monday.

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 8:32pm

The House City, County and Local Affairs committee approved a bill Wednesday that supporters say would improve intrastate commerce, with opponents saying it creates discrimination and takes away local control.

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 9:03pm

A bill that would eliminate the dual status of a state holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Confederate general Robert E. Lee failed Wednesday for a second time in committee.

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:35pm

Arkansas voters may decide next year on a plan to select – versus elect – the state’s Supreme Court justices, if a constitutional amendment proposal is referred to the voters by the legislature.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 7:17pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson named three new cabinet-level positions on Tuesday.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 6:19pm

The group seeking to change the form of government in Fort Smith collected just short of 400 signatures during their first full week of the petition process.

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 3:23pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the funding bill for the state’s Private Option program securing spending authority for the state’s innovative and controversial Medicaid expansion program for another fiscal year.

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 8:28pm

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced Monday (Feb. 9) the appointment of Secretary of State Chris Benge as Native American liaison within the governor’s office.

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 3:19pm

Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, says despite party line differences over his controversial guns on college campuses legislation, he hopes to address enough concerns to win a swing vote to get the bill out of committee later in the session.

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 7:50pm

A pair of bills involving the funding and operation of the state’s Private Option healthcare program for the poor and uninsured were approved by the House Thursday afternoon.

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 6:42pm

Those who have served in the U.S. military are likely familiar with the phrase “Hurry up and wait.” But the U.S.

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:01pm

The majority of the Fort Smith Board of Directors voted to overturn Mayor Sanders’ veto of funding the Steel Horse Motorcycle Rally at the Feb. 3 regular meeting, but they fell one short of success.

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:54pm

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