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There was no disagreement Tuesday (May 19) on adopting new rules for food trucks in the city, but members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors were not in complete agreement over a change in how the city manages its budget, and hiring associated with the city’s federally-mandated program to impro

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:36pm

Faced with the expiration of the federal highway funding law and the impending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund, the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed the stopgap Highway Transportation Funding Act to continue highway funding authority through July.

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:51pm

A ruling by the World Trade Organization against a U.S. product labeling regulation is more proof that the U.S. law needs to be repealed, members of the state’s congressional delegation said Monday.

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 8:12pm

The twin issues of foreign policy and national security were on the agenda this past week as Arkansas’ Congressional lawmakers were in the middle of the debate on several issues.

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 6:46pm

Rep. Joe Jett, chairman of the House Revenue & Tax Committee, says he will propose to a working group a study of using 25% of surplus funds for potential future highway funding.

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 11:57am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named Denny Altes, a former legislator from Fort Smith who was elected to the Arkansas House and Senate, as the state’s Drug Director.

He replaces Fran Flener who retired last year. Steve Varady has served as interim Drug Director since Flener’s retirement.

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 6:30am

A vote Tuesday in a northwest Arkansas town to maintain an anti-discrimination ordinance may create a further battle in the courts, a person opposed to the ordinance said Wednesday.

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:21pm

Eureka Springs voters on Tuesday (May 12) voted to keep an ordinance approved by the city council in February that sought to prevent employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The unofficial vote was 579 for ratification of the ordinance and 231 against.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:13pm

Fort Smith voters overwhelmingly renewed a 1% street tax for city infrastructure, but rejected a plan to divert 5% of the street tax revenue for construction of a 35-mile multi-use trail system.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 8:58pm

With one of the worst-kept economic development secrets officially out in the open, former Arkansas jobs chief Grant Tennille said the possible expansion of Lockheed’s Camden operation to manufacture a new military vehicle will have benefits far beyond that city’s industrial park.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:11am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will call lawmakers into special session May 26 to pass a bond issue to help Lockheed Martin land a contract to assemble the U.S. Army’s and Marine Corps’ Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the successor to the Humvee, at the Highland Industrial Park at Camden.

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:44pm

Legislative leaders are asking members about their availability for a May 26-28 special session, the day after the Memorial Day holiday.

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 10:25am

Arkansas highway officials have again pulled construction projects out of the bid process because of uncertainty with federal funding. To date, 70 road projects totaling an estimated $282 million have been delayed, with 11 of those in the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas.

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 7:34pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the members of the Working Group on Highway Funding as directed by executive order. Members are as follows:

Duncan Baird, budget director for Gov. Hutchinson, Chairman

Scott Bennett, director of the State Highway and Transportation Department

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:45pm

Do you remember, not so long ago, when the private option was supposed to be the legislative session’s most controversial issue? That was before anyone had heard of “re-homing” or thought much about what a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act would look like.

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:09pm

A new citizen panel proposed by Fort Smith Director Tracy Pennartz to provide some measure of oversight of the more than $200 million in the city’s street tax program outlays over the 10-year cycle of the tax may soon be a reality.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 5:32pm

The U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary announced Tuesday that it will provide more than $2.4 million in Affordable Care Act funding for four new health center sites to help primary health care services in Springdale, Mena, Augusta and West Memphis.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:54pm

With Gov. Asa Hutchinson in tow, the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts has announced that it will serve as a leading provider of computer science education and educator training in the state through its “Coding Arkansas’ Future” program.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:07pm

With a campaign theme of, “Hope to Higher Ground,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced his second campaign for president Tuesday in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:50am

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