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A meeting Monday (Oct. 20) of Sebastian County elected officials and local members of the General Assembly largely focused on reimbursement from the state of Arkansas to counties for housing state Department of Corrections prisoners.

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 7:02pm

They have only hosted one meeting, but a new student organization at Van Buren High School is already making waves after more than 60 students attended the first meeting of the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) – the only such alliance among

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:57pm

The Fort Smith Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee received its first draft of the final proposed plan Thursday (Oct. 17) that will eventually be submitted to the Fort Smith Board of Directors for approval later this year.

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:27am

Asa Hutchinson (R) and Mike Ross (D) both want the state to join a lawsuit by 12 other states against proposed EPA regulations that would reduce carbon emissions by coal plants.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:40pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower court ruling and overturned a controversial voter ID law passed in the 2013 General Assembly.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:26pm

The city of Fort Smith may have seen a victory last week with the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging violations of the Freedom of Information Act, but the issue for the city is not over as it seeks legislative action to clarify sect

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 8:15pm

The shift of capital allocation for fiscal 2016 favors e-commerce and convenience formats at Walmart U.S., and for good reason, according to the retailer’s top executives who outlined their future plans during an investor meeting on Wednesday (Oct. 15) in Bentonville.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:00pm

The chance of the Arkansas General Assembly providing some sort of legislative relief to benefit Fort Smith and other cities facing funding shortfalls in pension contributions fund is "less than 5%.”

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 9:36am

It may have been a death match in Fayetteville Tuesday (Oct. 14) as the candidates for U.S.

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:50am

Opposing Senate candidates U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, had little new to provide those Arkansas voters who may yet be undecided on a race that some national pundits say could be critical to which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 10:27pm

Real estate markets are often linked to economic performance but a report from Irvine, Calif.,-based RealtyTrac suggests that housing market turnarounds also favor incumbents in most of the eight hotly contested Senate races across the country.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:44pm

A lawsuit expected to be filed earlier this month by the Department of Justice against the city of Fort Smith over Clean Water Act violations has not yet been filed thanks to an effort by Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to resolve the issue outside the court.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:09pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe made the following appointments or reappointments to state boards and commissions.

Dr. David Beasley, Jonesboro, to the State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors. Appointment expires July 1, 2016. Replaces Sherman Smith.

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:34pm

In a departure from the often times toxic nature of political races in the 21st century, the two candidates vying for an open at-large seat on the Fort Smith Board of Directors engaged in a civil discussion of issues facing the municipality in a candidate forum held at noon Monday (Oct.

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 8:33pm

After a year-and-a-half of attack ads and press releases, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Rep.

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 3:33pm

Little Rock-based electricity transmission coordinator Southwest Power Pool (SPP) has released a reliability impact assessment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:26pm

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, brought his campaign for the U.S. Senate to Fort Smith Thursday (Oct. 9), bringing a familiar Arkansas native with him in an attempt to drum up support with less than a month away from the general election Nov. 4 and polls continuing to show a tight race.

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 7:28pm

After a day of testimony from city directors and Fort Smith City Clerk Sherri Gard, the city of Fort Smith was dismissed by Circuit Court Judge James Cox from a lawsuit Wednesday (Oct.

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 8:31pm

On day one as governor, Mike Ross would have state agencies review regulations that are more than three years old to see if they are still needed or if they were ever needed. Asa Hutchinson would contact half a dozen companies to see if they would consider coming to Arkansas.

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 9:35pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors approved a resolution during its regularly scheduled Tuesday (Oct. 7) meeting that expresses a desire to restart negotiations with the United States Department of Justice regarding compliance with the federal Clean Water Act.

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 8:15pm

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