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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

News this week that the U.S. State Department had released its fifth and latest environmental impact study on the Keystone Pipeline project, which would build an oil transport route from Canada to the Gulf Coast, has many politicians across Arkansas demanding action.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 7:24pm

There were fireworks at Thursday's (Feb. 6) meeting of the Sebastian County Election Commission as Chairman Lee Webb addressed the need to avoid mistakes in the upcoming May primary and November general elections.

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 7:17pm

This year's race for the U.S. Senate got off to an unusually early start with the presumptive nominees known well even before U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, announced his intention to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., on Aug. 6, 2013.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 4:58pm

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross proposed a major overhaul of the state’s personal income tax structure on Wednesday (Feb. 5) and said the plan would have to be phased in over time as allowed by the state’s finances.

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 4:39pm

Tuesday's (Feb. 4) meeting of the Fort Smith Board of Directors dealt almost entirely with issues most other city governments would probably find to be ordinary and mundane.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 9:54pm

Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday (Feb. 4) there are a “multiplicity” of reasons Arkansas Legislators should vote to fund Arkansas’ private option plan, and he also took a shot at Republican gubernatorial candidates who “don’t understand the budget” with respect to the private option.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:25pm

The percentage increase in year-to-date Arkansas gross tax collections fell to 2.1% in January compared to a 3.4% level in the December report. Also, sales and use tax collections continue to come in below the budget forecast, a potential sign of uncertainty among Arkansas consumers.

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 10:52am

Rep. Bill Gossage, R-Ozark, has announced that he will seek a second term as the representative for District in the Arkansas House later this year.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 6:12pm

Sales tax collection for the city of Fort Smith were down 0.69% for the 2013 reporting year, ending two years of collection gains and coming in 1.16% below budget estimates.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 6:04pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, continues his service in the House this year with a new appointment, a sign of the 3rd District congressman's ever increasing seniority in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 2:44pm

A speech by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Friday night (Jan. 31) in Hot Springs seemed less like a pep talk to Arkansas Republicans and more like the first of many stump speeches the freshman Senator could make should he jump into the 2016 presidential race.

Sat, 02/01/2014 - 9:18am

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Fort Smith on Thursday (Jan. 30) as part of what is an effort by the nation’s top law enforcement officer to visit all 93 U.S. Attorney district offices around the country.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 2:37pm

The fundraising gap is getting closer for two Hot Springs Republicans vying to replace U.S. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, in Congress.

Businessman Tommy Moll reported raising only $142,000 during the fourth quarter of 2013, a 49.47% decrease from his third quarter total of $281,000.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 2:16pm

Changes to the Whirlpool pollution plan, the success of Krutsch, the political fight over the federal farm bill, and State of the Union disappointment are part of the Jan. 31 Friday Wire for the Fort Smith region.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 6:17am

With reappointments by Gov. Mike Beebe (D) of Chester Koprovic and Lee Webb, the Fort Smith region will continue to be home to two of the 16 members of the high-profile Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 6:28pm

There's been another change in the plans for a new jail in Crawford County.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 4:31pm

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