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By a nearly two-to-one margin, Arkansas voters believe in the state’s so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which was passed by state lawmakers after a contentious and controversial national and state debate.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 3:05pm

It’s possible that by Thursday (June 18), a U.S. Supreme Court decision will result in 68,232 Arkansans losing insurance subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. If that happens, state policymakers will have to decide how to respond.

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 6:39pm

Whether a school board member has children in the local schools isn’t a prerequisite to run for a seat on a local school board and shouldn’t make a difference since the board member is there to serve all children, say school officials and board members.

Mon, 06/15/2015 - 9:47am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Arkansas may shop for another federal venue to challenge the president’s controversial Clean Power Plan after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out a lawsuit filed by Arkansas and 13 other coal-friendly states.

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 2:19pm

The schedule in the nation’s capital this week was hectic as lawmakers dealt with national security, defense, trade and government waste among other issues. The following is a recap of activity.

Sun, 06/14/2015 - 2:05pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday (June 11) he has spent considerable time studying concerns expressed by lawmakers on ways to improve and review a growing list of “high-risk” state contracts within the expansive state Department of Human Services.

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 6:57pm

Not so fast on the move to end controversial PARCC testing in Arkansas. The Arkansas State Board of Education voted 7-1 Thursday (June 11) against allowing a state contract with the ACT and in favor of keeping the Common Core standards tied PARCC test it implemented this year.

Thu, 06/11/2015 - 5:39pm

The state’s congressional delegation – Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Reps.

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:00am

Discussion of a proposal to create a citizen committee to provide input into the city’s capital improvement plan became somewhat testy at Tuesday’s (June 9) Fort Smith Board of Directors study session, with a city department head pushing back against Board members who want the committee.

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 7:20pm

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Tuesday (June 9) that same sex couples who married May 10-16, 2014 in Arkansas, must be provided the same access to state employee benefits as male-female married couples.

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 6:35pm

A study group recommended changing the state’s Common Core test provider before it made its other recommendations because of timing issues and certainty, the group’s chairman, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, told members of the House and Senate Education Committees Monday.

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 2:46pm

The state’s congressional delegation returned last week to Washington, D.C. to tackle several issues including infrastructure and national security.

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 5:26pm

Two Fort Smith Directors say the people in municipal leadership posts are as important than the form of government, with one Director saying an effort to force a vote on changing the city’s form of government will not gather enough signatures.

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:07am

Denny Altes has resigned his elected position on the Sebastian County Quorum Court to focus on his full-time job in Little Rock as the state’s drug director.

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 2:49pm

The Libertarian Party of Arkansas submitted 15,709 signatures to the secretary of state’s office Tuesday – far more than the 10,000 needed to qualify for the ballot.

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 9:40pm

A lengthy and at times tense Fort Smith Board of Directors meeting Tuesday night (June 2) was the result of an attempt to override a mayoral veto, and a vote on reducing benefits for a Fort Smith Police and Fire Department pension plan.

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 9:19pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday (June 2) announced the following appointments, including appointments to the Arkansas Workforce Development Board (Act 907/SB 791), which replaced the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board:

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 4:58pm

A three-day special session wrapped up Thursday afternoon (May 28) after lawmakers approved a change to the state’s primary election date as well as a plan to bring up to 600 new jobs to South Arkansas.

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 8:15pm

Although Lockheed Martin has now pocketed an $87 million financing package from the state of Arkansas, a Washington, D.C.-based defense budget expert said there is no reason to believe that the Bethesda, Md.-based defense contractor has an advantage over rivals in the high-stakes Joint Light Tact

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 7:26am

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