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A slice of drama was cut from the state capitol on Tuesday as a state senator previously opposed to the private option said she would now vote to fund it.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 10:31am

House District 76 now officially has a Republican primary and while the last names are the same as 2012, there are no incumbents vying for the seat, only the son of the current incumbent.

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 6:24am

It's official. Crawford County voters will vote May 20 on ballot titles that would issue bonds to be repaid by a half cent sales tax for the construction of a new county jail and also fund law enforcement operations in the county sheriff's office with a quarter cent sales tax.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:15pm

The Fort Smith Public School Board of Education went against the urgings of school administration and a project architect to reverse its previous vote and instead award an almost $1.9 million contract to Turn Key Construction Management for work at Darby Junior High School.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:08pm

A potential contract with an outside law firm which could lead to steep fines against Whirlpool Corp. for its admitted contamination of a large area on and around its former south Fort Smith manufacturing facility has been made public and will be voted on at Tuesday's (Feb.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 6:47pm

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently teamed up with the new local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to host a star-studded event on Saturday (Feb.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 3:34pm

Two recent polls of likely Arkansas voters suggest that the political labeling of Arkansas’ private option plan has much to do with the plan’s support among voters. Which is to say the plan is less popular when voters are told that it has a connection to Obamacare.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 6:42am

Two Sebastian County department heads will be challenging each other in the race for County Treasurer/Collector now that Sebastian County Human Resources Director Steve Hotz has announced he would challenge incumbent Judith Miller in the May Republican primary.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 3:55pm

A tense political rivalry from 2012 could be coming back for round two in 2014 as former Rep. Mary Beth Green, R-Van Buren, endorsed Rep. Terry Rice, R-Waldron, on Thursday in his primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Bruce Holland, R-Greenwood.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 4:59pm

Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, gave no indication Saturday (Feb. 8) when he spoke to The City Wire that he was looking to exit the race for lieutenant governor, but that is exactly what he did Thursday (Feb.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 2:43pm

Four months after declaring he would not seek a third term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, said he will run for Arkansas Lt. Governor, joining a crowded field of Republican candidates.

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 6:29am

The city of Greenwood is hosting the Arkansas Economic Development Commission this week as state’s development arm holds its monthly meeting in the city Wednesday and Thursday. It’s the first time for the commission to be in the Fort Smith region in about three years.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 10:00pm

A recent report by the Guttmacher Institute reported that abortion rates in the United States had hit its lowest levels since 1973, and that the rate also declined in Arkansas by dropping from 13.6 abortions per every 1,000 women in 1991 to 7.6 abortions for every 1,000 in 2011.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:55pm

The Regional Intermodal Transportation Authority (RITA) voted Wednesday (Feb.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 4:15pm

A meeting of the Barling Board of Directors Tuesday (Feb. 11) billed as an economic development study session quickly spiraled into something else entirely.

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:14am

The economy, particularly in Northwest Arkansas, has seen steady growth in the past two years.

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 12:27pm

The 2014 legislative fiscal session that begins Monday (Feb. 10) will be remembered for two words – Private Option – and three potential votes.

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 12:40pm

Candidates for statewide elective office descended on Fort Smith on Saturday (Feb. 8) talking unreasonable tax cut plans, Obamacare and the role of the lieutenant governor's office.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 9:26am

The upcoming nasty politics of the private option, the Fianna Hills Country Club project, and a governor’s disdain for Whirlpool’s marbles movement are part of the Feb. 7 Friday Wire for the Fort Smith region.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 6:31am

The upcoming nasty politics of the private option, moving an entrepreneurial iceberg, and a greener Wal-Mart and are part of the Northwest Arkansas Friday Wire for Feb. 7.

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 6:25am


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