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Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson and soon-to-be First Lady Susan Hutchinson held their first two pre-inauguration events in their “home” regions of Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith, with the Gov.-elect using the events to announce top appointments and speak about his future role as the state’s chief ex

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 8:56pm

A new session of Congress started Tuesday, as two new congressmen and a new senator made history as an all-Republican Arkansas delegation took office.

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 7:46pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson made plenty of news in a pre-session Q&A with reporters at the state capitol on Tuesday (Jan. 6).

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 3:50pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson announced Wendy Kelley as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC). Kelley is the chief deputy director of ADC, a position she has held since January of 2014. She is the first female to hold the role of ADC director.

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 6:47am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that the agreement with the city of Fort Smith will over the next 12 years cost $255 million “plus the cost of routine operation and maintenance.” That’s a big “plus,” which is to say it’s in the neighborhood of another $225 million.

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 9:04pm

Former two-term Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said Saturday that he was ending his cable television show to look at a possible run for the White House next year. He made the announcement during the “Huckabee” show on the Fox News Channel.

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 11:36am

Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday (Dec. 31) announced the following appointments to state boards and commissions, and judicial appointments.

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 5:33pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson ended 2014 with an announcement that he will keep two agency directors and bring back a Huckabee administrator to a third one.

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 2:11pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson named Dr. Greg Bledsoe as the state’s new Surgeon General. He replaces Dr. Joe Thompson, who was told in late November that he would not remain in the position.

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 7:22pm

The Independent Citizens Commission charged with setting salaries for legislators, constitutional officers, and judges hopes to hear from some of those people at its next meeting Jan. 7.

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 7:18pm

Politics certainly dominated the headlines in Arkansas during 2014, with the GOP sweep in Arkansas likely to be noted by future historians as a pivotal event in the state’s history.

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 2:37pm

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday (Dec. 23) that he would appeal a federal judge’s ruling that struck down Amendment 83, the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 6:02pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson will conduct a national search for the next Arkansas Economic Development Commission executive director and will ask for legislative authority allowing the independent foundation supporting AEDC to supplement that official’s salary, Hutchinson announced in a press confer

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:48pm

Agricultural opinions were upbeat about President Obama's plan to move towards normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, but political attitudes were mixed.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:51pm

Arkansas public schools can have necessary broadband internet at no extra cost to the state and without connecting to a “backbone” such as ARE-ON, the House and Senate Education Committees were told Wednesday.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:03pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson (R) made several key appointments to his upcoming administration. Brigadier Gen. Mark Berry was named as the 52nd Adjutant General of Arkansas, Rep.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:28pm

With a close vote in both bodies, the Fort Smith Board of Directors and the Sebastian County Quorum Court voted to approve “Parrot Island Water Park” as the name of the aquatics park now under construction at Ben Geren Regional Park.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:08pm

It was a big dollar, big decision night for the Fort Smith Board of Directors.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:26pm

Democratic Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe spent an hour on stage recently with political columnist John Brummett to discuss the outgoing governor’s political career, legacy and plans for retirement.

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 6:16pm

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has scheduled its first stakeholders’ meeting a week before Christmas to discuss drafting new ozone and particulate matter rules that meet federal Clean Air quality standards.

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:32pm


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