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In January, the 90th General Assembly will convene with large Republican majorities in the Arkansas House and Senate as well as a full slate of GOP constitutional officeholders, including Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson.

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:01pm

Of the 82 people expected to be hired in coming years to implement various aspects of the programs required under the proposed consent decree between the city of Fort Smith and the United States Department of Justice, some will be in management roles and at least one may handle public relations e

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 8:58pm

The Governor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Senate President and Speaker of the House released the names of their appointees to a citizens committee that will set legislative, executive officeholders and judicial salaries.

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 8:42pm

Gov-elect Asa Hutchinson has announced Bill Bryant, formerly of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as the new director of the Arkansas State Police.

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 4:51pm

As the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s public comment period ended Monday on the controversial proposed rules to cut the nation’s carbon emissions, Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson made it clear he does not plan to go along with President Obama’s far-reaching action that targets Arkansas’ flee

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:56pm

To reduce a rising prison recidivism rate, the state of Arkansas should hire more parole officers, create a “pay for success” program where investors receive a return when private providers have higher success rates, and establish re-entry centers for offenders preparing to leave prison.

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 9:07pm

The vote to approve a version of the fiscal year 2015 budget for the city of Fort Smith is over one hurdle and could have two more to go depending on an attorney's opinion following a 4-3 vote Tuesday night (Dec. 2).

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 8:47pm

A section of the proposed consent decree negotiated between the United States Department of Justice and the city of Fort Smith could have a negative impact on plumbing businesses and consumers, according to industry insiders who

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 5:30pm

A budget deficit of $229,000 the fiscal year 2015 Crawford County general fund budget has been narrowed to only a $91,064 gap between anticipated revenues and budget requests as the county's quorum court prepares to meet Thursday night (Dec. 4) to determine where to make cuts.

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:13pm

A possible agreement between the city of Fort Smith and the Department of Justice related to Clean Water Act violations with the city’s water and sewer system will require at least $205 million in capital improvements and could see a doubling of water and sewer rates for city residents and busine

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 10:32pm

A federal judge has struck down Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriages, but she issued a stay in the ruling as it is expected to be appealed.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 6:23pm

Sebastian County Judge David Hudson hopes Tuesday's (Nov. 25) meeting of the quorum court is the last related to the upcoming 2015 budget, but at least one justice of the peace may throw a wrench in Hudson's plans.

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 11:38am

Arkansas lawmakers received a report from the Bureau of Legislative Research that outlined 8 potential options to curb prison overcrowding, including a $231 million new prison bond issue, hiring a private prison firm, and alternatives to drug sentences and re-entry programs.

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 5:01pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson announced Monday (Nov. 24) nine people who will be key members of his staff as he prepares to become the next Arkansas Governor.

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 4:08pm

Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat who maintains high popularity among voters even as the state shifted to Red, is having fun with his “farewell tour.” There were several serious moments during his Friday (Nov.

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 7:04pm

President Barack Obama used a primetime White House speech to tell a national audience of changes he plans to make to the U.S. immigration system.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 9:16pm

Supporters of Arkansas’ anti-gay marriage amendment rallied at the Capitol Wednesday, the day before the Arkansas Supreme Court and a U.S. district judge were to hear oral arguments on Judge Chris Piazza’s ruling that struck it down.

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:20pm

Crawford County's general fund budget deficit for fiscal year 2015 has narrowed by more than $100,000, but the quorum court still has to find a way to cut $229,000 from its budget within the next 30 days. County Judge John Hall said the court will meet Thursday night (Nov.

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 6:04pm

After three and a half hours of discussion, analysis and frank comments by a department head on Monday (Nov. 17), the Fort Smith Board of Directors will hold another budget meeting on Nov.

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 2:51am

Freezing weather and the potential for winter precipitation did not deter hundreds of people from waiting in line for almost two hours to get a glimpse of former President George W. Bush at his book signing in Bentonville on Saturday, (Nov. 15).

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 4:36pm


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