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As part of the review process under Amendment 82, the state’s superproject amendment, lawmakers have received an independent consultant’s analysis of the proposed $87 million Lockheed Martin  Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) bond issue that will be at the center of debate in next week’s specia

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:46pm

Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders has vetoed an ordinance approved Tuesday (May 19)  by the Fort Smith Board of Directors that changes how the city manages a more than $42 million general fund budget.

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:46pm

Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue has asked Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for an opinion on the legality of Sebastian County Quorum Court Member Denny Altes being named the state’s Drug Director.

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 6:56pm

There was no disagreement Tuesday (May 19) on adopting new rules for food trucks in the city, but members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors were not in complete agreement over a change in how the city manages its budget, and hiring associated with the city’s federally-mandated program to impro

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:36pm

Faced with the expiration of the federal highway funding law and the impending insolvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund, the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed the stopgap Highway Transportation Funding Act to continue highway funding authority through July.

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 9:51pm

A ruling by the World Trade Organization against a U.S. product labeling regulation is more proof that the U.S. law needs to be repealed, members of the state’s congressional delegation said Monday.

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 8:12pm

The twin issues of foreign policy and national security were on the agenda this past week as Arkansas’ Congressional lawmakers were in the middle of the debate on several issues.

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 6:46pm

Rep. Joe Jett, chairman of the House Revenue & Tax Committee, says he will propose to a working group a study of using 25% of surplus funds for potential future highway funding.

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 11:57am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named Denny Altes, a former legislator from Fort Smith who was elected to the Arkansas House and Senate, as the state’s Drug Director.

He replaces Fran Flener who retired last year. Steve Varady has served as interim Drug Director since Flener’s retirement.

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 6:30am

A vote Tuesday in a northwest Arkansas town to maintain an anti-discrimination ordinance may create a further battle in the courts, a person opposed to the ordinance said Wednesday.

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 4:21pm

Eureka Springs voters on Tuesday (May 12) voted to keep an ordinance approved by the city council in February that sought to prevent employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The unofficial vote was 579 for ratification of the ordinance and 231 against.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:13pm

Fort Smith voters overwhelmingly renewed a 1% street tax for city infrastructure, but rejected a plan to divert 5% of the street tax revenue for construction of a 35-mile multi-use trail system.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 8:58pm

With one of the worst-kept economic development secrets officially out in the open, former Arkansas jobs chief Grant Tennille said the possible expansion of Lockheed’s Camden operation to manufacture a new military vehicle will have benefits far beyond that city’s industrial park.

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 10:11am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will call lawmakers into special session May 26 to pass a bond issue to help Lockheed Martin land a contract to assemble the U.S. Army’s and Marine Corps’ Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), the successor to the Humvee, at the Highland Industrial Park at Camden.

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 3:44pm

Legislative leaders are asking members about their availability for a May 26-28 special session, the day after the Memorial Day holiday.

Sun, 05/10/2015 - 10:25am

Arkansas highway officials have again pulled construction projects out of the bid process because of uncertainty with federal funding. To date, 70 road projects totaling an estimated $282 million have been delayed, with 11 of those in the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas.

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 7:34pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the members of the Working Group on Highway Funding as directed by executive order. Members are as follows:

Duncan Baird, budget director for Gov. Hutchinson, Chairman

Scott Bennett, director of the State Highway and Transportation Department

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:45pm

Do you remember, not so long ago, when the private option was supposed to be the legislative session’s most controversial issue? That was before anyone had heard of “re-homing” or thought much about what a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act would look like.

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:09pm

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