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Municipal candidate filings drew to a close at noon Friday (Aug. 15) and a large number of candidates have filed to run for positions ranging from city clerk to mayor to city council in cities across Benton and Washington Counties.

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:49pm

A Washington, D.C.-based energy efficiency advocate told Arkansas regulators and others on Thursday that the state could see huge economic growth, save billions of dollars in power costs and create thousands of new jobs by reducing demand for electricity from the nation’s power grid.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:56pm

Senators Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis, and Jimmy Hickey, Jr., R-Texarkana, will lead a bipartisan effort to abolish the office of lieutenant governor when the legislature convenes in January.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 1:55pm

Reforming the state’s workforce education system is the single most-important issue in economic development, Chris Masingill, director of the Delta Regional Authority, said Wednesday at a DRA-sponsored summit that brought together leaders of the business community, educators and officeholders at

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 7:28pm

Voters went to the polls in Alma and Fort Smith on Tuesday (Aug. 12) to decide on a sales tax issue in the Crawford County city and a millage increase in Fort Smith, with mixed results.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 9:27pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors dove into the region's economy and attempted to understand why the city has some of the highest numbers of households depending on welfare and other supplemental income and has some of the lowest number of households relying on earnings earned through employment.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 9:00pm

Arkansas should be able to expand broadband access to all public schools without extra state funding because it’s currently wasting too much money on outdated technology and is not effectively leveraging federal funds, members of the House and Senate Education Committees were told Tuesday.

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 8:14pm

Four members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors would not comment on the 2 mil increase for the Fort Smith Public Library, with two directors planning to vote for the increase and one against.

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 8:00pm

Arkansas should be able to connect all of its schools to high-speed fiber optics broadband networks within a few years using $15 million it already spends annually on outdated copper networks along with federal funds, Gov. Mike Beebe and a group that works to connect schools announced Monday.

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 7:04pm

The two leading Arkansas candidates in the U.S. Senate race were in Fort Smith on Friday (Aug. 8) with one talking about a jobs plan and the other pledging to help cattle farmers fend off federal rules that “interfere” with farm operations.

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 7:46pm

Fort Smith area business leaders, politicians and other local stakeholders got a first hand glimpse of the United States' largest diesel tugboat as the U.S.

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 2:13pm

A recent Pew Research study said Republicans nationwide have a clear electoral engagement advantage going into the November mid-term elections, but enthusiasm among likely Republican voters is lower than in years past.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:35pm

The city of Fort Smith has invested $201.2 million since 1993 on wet weather sewer improvements and another $150 million or more could be poured into improvements before the city atones for violations of the federal Clean Water Act – bringing the grand total for compliance with the law to $351.2

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 5:25pm

Two longtime Alma residents have filed to be the city's next mayor following news that long-time Mayor John Ballentine would not seek re-election. The candidates, retired businessman Keith Greene and former Rep. Ed Thicksten, have both filed to appear on the November ballot.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 4:19pm

A sales tax increase rejected by Missouri voters has pushed that state’s highway officials back to square one in terms of finding money to complete the portion of Interstate 49 that would connect to the Bella Vista Bypass at the Arkansas-Missouri border.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:12pm

Arkansas Senate Republicans on Tuesday elected by acclamation Sen. JIm Hendren, R-Gravette, as Senate majority leader and Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, as majority whip.

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 10:12am

The Fort Smith Board of Directors passed an ordinance at its Tuesday (Aug. 5) meeting that would restrict the location of temporary signs in rights of ways, a decision the Fort Smith Board of Realtors said could impact its business.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 9:24pm

Arkansas has seen the nation’s steepest reduction in its percentage of uninsured residents, noted a Gallup report released Tuesday (Aug. 5).

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 4:43pm

In discussions about a two mil increase in property taxes to benefit the Fort Smith Public Library, much attention has been paid to the impact a tax increase could have on homeowners.

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:10pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday (Aug. 4) announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Dr. Jamie Brandon, Fayetteville, reappointed to the State Review Committee for Historic Preservation.  Appointment expires June 30, 2018.

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 8:10pm

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