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Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson will conduct a national search for the next Arkansas Economic Development Commission executive director and will ask for legislative authority allowing the independent foundation supporting AEDC to supplement that official’s salary, Hutchinson announced in a press confer

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 4:48pm

Agricultural opinions were upbeat about President Obama's plan to move towards normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, but political attitudes were mixed.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:51pm

Arkansas public schools can have necessary broadband internet at no extra cost to the state and without connecting to a “backbone” such as ARE-ON, the House and Senate Education Committees were told Wednesday.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:03pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson (R) made several key appointments to his upcoming administration. Brigadier Gen. Mark Berry was named as the 52nd Adjutant General of Arkansas, Rep.

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 1:28pm

With a close vote in both bodies, the Fort Smith Board of Directors and the Sebastian County Quorum Court voted to approve “Parrot Island Water Park” as the name of the aquatics park now under construction at Ben Geren Regional Park.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:08pm

It was a big dollar, big decision night for the Fort Smith Board of Directors.

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:26pm

Democratic Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe spent an hour on stage recently with political columnist John Brummett to discuss the outgoing governor’s political career, legacy and plans for retirement.

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 6:16pm

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has scheduled its first stakeholders’ meeting a week before Christmas to discuss drafting new ozone and particulate matter rules that meet federal Clean Air quality standards.

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:32pm

There were few, if any, smiling faces in the room Tuesday night (Dec.

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:19pm

In a special election that was watched outside the city and state, Fayetteville voters repealed an ordinance approved earlier in 2014 by the city council designed to make it illegal to discriminate against an individual based on their sexual orientation.

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 10:03pm

Look for a change in leadership at the helm of another state agency as Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson puts his stamp on workforce development.

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 2:33pm

Between $3.4 billion and $7.8 billion should be invested in the infrastructure needed to help Arkansas take advantage of surface water instead of unsustainably pumping from depleting groundwater sources. The good news: The state has more than enough surface water to take care of its needs.

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 7:11pm

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and one-time Democratic Presidential candidate, has written a new book that suggests the key to America’s best opportunity to lead the free world involves energy independence to strengthen the economy.

Sun, 12/07/2014 - 6:21pm

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


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