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A group in Fort Smith and one in Crawford County have raised a reported $19,000 and $3,050, respectively, as part of an effort to seek renewal of a sales tax in their respective areas. May 12 is the election for renewal of the taxes.

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 2:46pm

Lawmakers passed bills on Tuesday dealing with workforce training, capital gains taxes, tax credits for low-income families and criminal justice; meanwhile, several committees approved legislation that could create an even busier Wednesday at the state Capitol.

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 8:55pm

Uncertainty over federal funding has caused the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department (AHTD) to withdraw 56 construction projects set for an April 21 bid cycle, with 11 of those projects in the Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith metro areas.

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 7:53pm

It was a hodge-podge of activity Monday as legislators started what could likely be the last full week of the 2015 legislative session.

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 8:16pm

With the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling this past week declaring the state’s lethal injection procedures as constitutional, executions in Arkansas are set to move forward after a decade of being on hold.

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:17pm

A pair of bills that would seek to end the practice of “rehoming” in the state of Arkansas received overwhelming approval in the State House Friday (March 20), including from a state representative whose personal controversy brought the issue to the legislature’s attention.

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 4:05pm

The right of the Arkansas Department of Correction to select a chemical used in executions does not violate state law or separation of powers, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he is already moving to continue executions.

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:09pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors and city staffers engaged Thursday (March 19) in what at times was spirited discussion related to the city’s budgeting process used to manage and monitor expenses and revenue.

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 9:55pm

While 16 legislators on a task force will debate and set policy on the future of Medicaid and health care reform, advocacy groups and state agency leaders will also be advising and discussing the issues too.

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 8:43pm

A plan supporting a regional jail approach to the state’s corrections debate will help the state and its residents in many ways, the sponsor of the bill said Wednesday. Also, the Senate Education Committee approved an amended version of a bill Wednesday involving a statewide education test.

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 7:31pm

John Cooley and Rocky Walker are glad the Fort Smith Board of Directors and city staff are moving to appoint a committee to provide oversight of implementation of a Comprehensive Plan.

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 7:10pm

Efforts by Fort Smith city staff to move quickly on a plan to raise sewer rates to pay for federally-mandated system improvements hit a snag when City Director Tracy Pennartz successfully moved during Tuesday's (March 17) Board meeting to table the matter until April 7.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 8:52pm

Keeping with his campaign rhetoric, Gov. Asa Hutchinson met with reporters on Tuesday to tout three measures designed to realign workforce education efforts in Arkansas. He also talked about a review of the state’s child welfare system.

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 4:26pm

A House legislator facing questions in an adoption scandal resigned his committee leadership post Monday afternoon, while several education bills including two on workforce training sailed through the state Senate.

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 7:50pm

After a high-profile week centered around a controversial letter to Iranian leaders authored by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas’ junior senator and a Republican, said he’s far from done with his efforts interjecting himself in the U.S.-Iran discussion.

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 11:03am

A new school safety bill was approved unanimously by a key House committee, while lawmakers debated everything from license plate readers to propane to concealed gun laws Thursday in Little Rock.

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 8:52pm

It was an action-packed Wednesday as lawmakers approved several education bills and a health care bill, while a bill that allows school districts under 350 students to get a waiver to remain open was signed into law.

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 8:54pm

It was meeting day Tuesday as several committees approved legislation, while a task force to study health care reform in the state met for the first time. The 16-member task force was formed after legislators approved Senate Bill 96 earlier in the session. The bill set a Dec.

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 7:27pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors did not have time to talk about changing the city administrator’s hire-fire authority, but they did have a lively discussion about how the city presents its budget – specifically as to how the city handles a prior-year general fund balance with respect to future

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 5:29pm

Facebook doesn’t “like” two bills being considered by state legislators – one that would allow certain employers to require access to their employees’ social media accounts, and one that would give personal representatives access to a deceased person’s digital records.

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:29pm


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