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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

A bill that would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, sent a clear message to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, members of the state’s congressional delegation said Tuesday.

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 5:30pm

Retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores may not admit it but retail experts don’t doubt there is already a team in Bentonville mulling the opportunities that may await just 90 miles off the south Florida coast. 

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 4:51pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday (Feb. 3) announced the following appointments:

Denny East, Marion, to the Arkansas Racing Commission. Appointment expires Jan. 14, 2020. Replaces Thomas Akin.

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 3:58pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Arkansas will receive $21.5 million as a result of a $1.375 billion state-federal settlement involving Standard & Poor’s Financial Services.

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 12:15pm

With the early session push to approve Gov.

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 4:07pm

Less than 18 months after the Fort Smith Board of Directors granted the City Administrator broader authority to hire and fire department heads and other key personnel, City Director and Vice Mayor Kevin Settle is acting to repeal that authority.

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 5:03pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced the following appointments to state boards and commissions, and to the judiciary.



David Nelson, Magnolia, to the Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees. Appointment expires Jan, 14, 2020. Replaces James Freeman.



Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:33pm

The petition drive seeking to change the form of Fort Smith city government is set to begin Friday (Jan. 30), with around 35 group supporters gathering Thursday night at the Fort Smith Public Library to hear the “nuts and bolts of how to organize” the petition effort.

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:33pm

A bill that would seek to eliminate a dual status for a state holiday fell short in committee Wednesday, and the Governor’s private option plan was approved by a Senate committee.

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 8:16pm

Budget projections, Whirlpool, the 2015 Personnel Project, and a resolution approving ArcBest Corporation for the Tax Back Program were among the highlights of the Sebastian County Quorum Court’s inaugural meeting for 2015 on Tuesday (Jan. 27).

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:14pm

On the agenda was sex, violence and toxic water. Nope, it was not the latest original show from Netflix, but Tuesday’s study session of the Fort Smith Board of Directors.

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:05pm

The Van Buren City Council welcomed three new members at its inaugural meeting of 2015 on Monday, Jan. 26. The meeting was held at the city’s Municipal Complex.

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 9:56pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s tax cut proposal faces opposition in the House from some Republicans opposed to the repeal of a capital gains tax cut and some Democrats who want to see the full budget first. A compromise is being considered.

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:59pm

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

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