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Those who spoke Tuesday morning (July 14) at the opening ceremony for a six-mile piece of Interstate 49 through Chaffee Crossing east of Fort Smith had a common theme: It’s a great start worth celebrating, but more money and concrete is needed to link the short stretch into a major national highw

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 7:38pm

City employees packed the room at Tuesday’s (July 14) study session of the Fort Smith Board of Directors in which reinstatement of a business license fee, a reduction in non-uniformed employee retirement contributions and cuts to the city’s animal control services were options on the table to hel

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 6:28pm

The agreement early Tuesday between the United States and Iran over nuclear weapons and economic sanctions put foreign policy back into the political debate and drew a strong rebuke from the state’s congressional delegation.

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 2:53pm

Wranglings over Iran and Cuba were at the forefront of the debate this week among the state’s Congressional delegation. Also, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced a bill dealing with illegal immigration in the aftermath of a brutal murder in San Francisco earlier this month.

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 7:18pm

After a more than two hour executive session, the Fort Smith Board of Directors on Friday (July 10) voted 7-0 to named Jeff Dingman the acting city administrator following the surprise resignation Friday morning of City Administrator Ray Gosack.

Fri, 07/10/2015 - 6:16pm

Nathan LaFrance, who won 2% of the vote running for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian in 2014, announced on Facebook Wednesday that he is campaigning for the 3rd District congressional seat against U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers.

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 6:50am

A survey of eight of Arkansas’ larger cities shows Conway as the only city other than Fort Smith not collecting a business license fee.

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 4:43pm

The federal Department of Labor published this week a proposed rule to extend overtime protections to nea

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 1:07pm

Arkansas ended its fiscal year on June 30 with a nearly $200 million surplus, but lawmakers and the Governor aren’t yet unified on how it should be spent.

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 9:15pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday (July 7) defended a plan to place a 10 Commandments monument on State Capitol grounds, while also on Tuesday Oklahoma Gov.

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 1:29pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday (July 6) announced the members of the Career Education and Workforce Development Board, which replaced the State Board of Career Education at the Department of Career Education.

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:18pm

Arkansas, ever a peculiar place, either has two presidential candidates or none, unless you could say, as you probably can, that it has one more than it has the other.

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:41am

The number of enrollees in the Medicaid private option reached 218,376 at the end of June, an increase of about 4,000 from May, when it totaled 214,461. The number of Arkansans deemed eligible reached 254,749 in May, an increase from 250,799 in April.

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 2:24pm

Congress may have been in recess for the 4th of July holiday, but members of the state’s congressional delegation were in Arkansas this past week talking to voters and discussing issues.

The following is a breakdown of the week that was for Arkansas’ congressional delegation.

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 1:32pm

Fort Smith attorney and former Fort Smith Public School Board member Joey McCutchen is pushing back against the effort to change the Southside High School mascot. He says ending use of the Rebel mascot “will not do anything to improve race relations.”

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 7:09pm

Lt. Col. Charles Jason Carter, North Little Rock, as State Judge Advocate for the Arkansas National Guard.  Appointment expires at the Will of the Governor.
Steele Kelly, Plummerville, to the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council. Appointment expires June 4, 2019.

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 8:32pm

Fort Smith Attorney Shannon Blatt will seek the Sebastian County Circuit Court Judge (Division III). She is a lifelong resident of Fort Smith and has practiced law in Sebastian County for more than 17 years.

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 6:55pm

County clerks do not have discretion when it comes to issuing same-sex marriage licenses, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday (June 29).

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 7:27pm

Members of the U.S. Supreme Court ventured far into the debate about the overall legality of the death penalty in a Monday (June 29) ruling that Oklahoma could continue with its process to carry out lethal injections. The 5-4 opinion in Glossip v.

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:49pm

Arkansas’ political leaders and activists had a wide range of reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he disagreed with the ruling but would direct all state agencies to comply.

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 5:56pm


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