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For the first time in 20 years, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville will have a new vice chancellor for governmental relations. The high-profile post which is expected to pay around $175,000, will be filled by Randy Massanelli, the state director for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:40pm

U.S. Sen. John Boozman is less than two weeks removed from the day that he will never forget after having emergency heart surgery to repair an aortic dissection.

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 1:55pm

Former President and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton spoke more like a proud father than a politician as he rallied a crowd of rowdy Democrats in Little Rock on Saturday (May 3) at a fundraiser for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross.

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 10:31pm

Arkansas revenue officials said April tax collections were in line with expectations leading to year-to-date figures slightly rising 10 months into the current fiscal year.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 4:34pm

Details on the lack of financial literacy in Arkansas, positive recovery for U.S. Sen. John Boozman, death penalty difficulties and a new name for the transportation artists formerly known as Arkansas Best Corporation are part of the May 2 Friday Wire for the Fort Smith region.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 6:02am

Details on the lack of financial literacy in Arkansas, positive recovery for U.S. Sen. John Boozman, death penalty difficulties and a ‘click-and-collect’ Wal-Mart site in Bentonville are part of the Northwest Arkansas Friday Wire for May 2.

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 5:54am

Efforts to increase the minimum wage aren't just happening – or not happening – in the halls of Congress or the West Wing. A group in Arkansas is working to increase the state's minimum wage above the current federal rate.

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 8:25pm

Crawford County Judge John Hall and Sheriff Ron Brown spoke to a decidedly friendly crowd Tuesday (April 29) as the two men brought made yet another pitch to county voters for a new sales tax, a pitch that comes less than a week before citizens can begin early voting.

Tue, 04/29/2014 - 9:11pm

The Fort Smith School Board took a step forward in plans for a new district performing arts center and basketball arena, with the board voting 7-0 Monday (April 28) to authorize Superintendent Dr. Benny Gooden to pursue a long-term lease of property owned by the Fort Smith Airport Commission.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 8:54pm

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says that while lethal injections are gummed up in the legal system, other antiquated methods of carrying out the death penalty – such as the electric chair or a firing squad – have problems of their own.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 4:58pm

The race for the position seven at-large city director is now a competitive one after Fort Smith Parks Commissioner Sherry Toliver announced her intention Monday (April 28) to seek the seat being vacated by City Director Philip Merry.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 4:50pm

Less than a week after an emergency surgery to fix an aortic dissection, U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., has returned home and has instructed his staff to work to help with tornado damage recovery in central Arkansas.

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 4:05pm

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., received the endorsement of the state’s largest teachers’ union, the Arkansas Education Association, on Saturday (April 26). Brenda Robinson, president of the AEA, said Pryor was a “strong advocate” for public education.

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 12:27pm

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Rogers, is on a “positive recovery track,” following an emergency surgery on April 22 to fix an aortic dissection, noted a Friday afternoon statement from Boozman’s Senate office.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 3:03pm

The mortal side of politicians, improved traffic at the Fort Smith Regional Airport, the push to build a new jail in Crawford County, and bad bridges are part of the April 25 Friday Wire for the Fort Smith region.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 6:10am

The mortal side of politicians, more orange barrels for Northwest Arkansas, big money for a Wal-Mart exec and bad bridges are part of the Northwest Arkansas Friday Wire for April 25.

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 6:04am

For anyone expecting fireworks during the District 9 Senate candidate forum Thursday night (April 24), there were none. But there was plenty of policy discussion to keep the forum hosted by the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce going for more than 90 minutes.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 9:12pm

It was a busy legal day in Arkansas’ Capital city, with a voter ID law pushed by Republicans ruled to be unconstitutional, and harsh criticism pointed at the Arkansas Supreme Court by Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 7:24pm

On the day when the Port of Fort Smith officially opened its new railroad tracks to the public, its operator was full of thankfulness for the grant the port received from the state of Arkansas to replace aging rail lines.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 5:57pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Thursday (April 24) announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Staci Croom-Raley, Maumelle, reappointed to the State Board of Private Career Education. Appointment expires April 15, 2021.

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 3:15pm


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