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With a campaign theme of, “Hope to Higher Ground,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced his second campaign for president Tuesday in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:50am

A gathering of 90 businesses and organizations based or active in the Fort Smith metro area participated Friday (May 1) in the “Path To Progress,” a business expo and job fair hosted by the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce.

O.K. Foods was the presenting sponsor of the event.

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 2:51pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an executive order Thursday (April 30) to create the Governor’s Working Group on Highway Funding, he told a group while speaking at the Arkansas Trucking Association’s Annual Business Conference and Vendor Showcase in Hot Springs.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 9:08pm

Conner Eldridge, U.S. Prosecuting Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, is one of six U.S. attorneys named to the 21-member Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. The announcement was made by the office of newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:03pm

The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has delayed a decision on the constitutionality of Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage pending the outcome of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The federal high court on Tuesday heard arguments on the issue, and could issue an opinion by late June.

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 6:46pm

The four members of Arkansas’ delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives took to the House floor for more than eight minutes Tuesday evening to honor the memory of former U.S. Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, who died April 1.

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 8:18pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named members to the Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force as directed by the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2015, or Act 895, of the regular session.

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:48pm

Gay rights, the White House Correspondents Dinner, and a potential scandal involving Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were among the topics discussed Sunday on a national television news show by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 4:56pm

The 16-member Governor’s Council on Common Core Review will need more specifics, particularly about the testing process, Lt. Gov.

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 1:14pm

Most members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors were hesitant to speculate about funding a trail plan if an upcoming 5% diversion tax fails to gain voter approval, but several would consider redirecting tax revenue now received by the Fort Smith Parks Department toward building out a proposed 3

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:01am

It flew under the radar for the most part, but a significant piece of legislation may make Arkansas a much easier place to start or run a business.

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 6:34pm

The group seeking renewal of Fort Smith’s 1% sales tax for street work and a 5% cut of that tax for trail and greenway work raised $5,000 in March to cover campaign costs. A Crawford County group seeking a 1% sales renewal raised just short of $5,000 for its campaign.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 5:51pm

Oral arguments in the case of State of West Virginia vs. Federal Environmental Protection Agency began Thursday morning (April 16) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The hearing was slated to last 80 minutes.

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:28pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has a 63% favorable rating among registered voters in Arkansas, while President Barack Obama ranks much lower at 38%, according to a poll commissioned by Talk Business & Politics, Hendrix College and Impact Management Group.

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:21pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed three special justices to the state’s Supreme Court to hear a case involving same-sex marriage in Arkansas. Hutchinson also appointed several people from the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas to prominent state boards and special judicial service.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:33pm

A majority of Arkansans believe K-12 education in the state is on the wrong track, but they like their local schools. That’s according to the findings of a new poll commissioned by Talk Business & Politics, Hendrix College and Impact Management Group.

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:50pm

Former Arkansas First Lady, U.S. First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is jumping in the 2016 Presidential race seeking the Democratic nomination for the first time since her failed 2008 bid.

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 7:33pm

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, has been named vice-chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 4:56pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that the consensus reached on extending the private option for two years while a task force studies its replacement was the “miracle of the session,” and he does not regret his role in initially advancing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 9:26pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson told a group of startup executives and entrepreneurs visiting Little Rock that one of his educational visions is for 20% of Arkansas students to eventually take computer coding classes while in high school.

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 7:50pm


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