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The House Revenue and Tax committee approved a bill that would exempt most farmers from a sales tax on their utilities and a tax increase on timber companies.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 4:40pm

An evaluation of a school voucher program in Milwaukee showed that high school students who had used the vouchers for tuition at private schools were more likely to complete at least one year of college and start a second year than similar students who attended public high schools.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 9:28am

Through his spokeswoman, U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, denied any interest in entering the 2014 race for the Arkansas Governor’s office. However, his interest in the 2014 U.S. Senate race remains open.

Thu, 03/14/2013 - 8:27am

The loss of Allens Canning Company in Van Buren is not only going to leave scores of locals unemployed, it will also cause a sizable dent in the budget of Van Buren Municipal Utilities, according to the utility's director Steve Dufresne.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 7:06pm

Still short on dollar amount details, Speaker of the House Davy Carter, R-Cabot, says he will amend his capital gains income tax cut measure later this week or early next week to reflect his thoughts on the pro-business, pro-investor bill.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 3:03pm

Fort Smith and Little Rock will soon be home to a public service institute for incoming high school sophomores and juniors, with the program partially supported by the Clinton School of Public Service.

Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:47pm

The once-quaint town of Greenwood has morphed into a thriving small city situated along U.S. 71. If city officials get their way, Greenwood could soon be growing beyond its current borders.

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 7:13pm

HB 2274 by Rep. Andy Mayberry, R-Hensley, would force the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University – two of the state’s Division 1 schools – to play at least a one-time regular season football game for a charitable cause.

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 6:06pm

Members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors discussed outdoor advertising regulations at Monday's (March 12) noon study session, but the way some members of the Board and the crowd were talking, this may be the beginning of the end for billboards in Fort Smith.

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 3:20pm

Like all things deemed too good to be true, local homebuyers will have one less financing option as they seek out mortgage loans after March 27.

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 10:53am

Members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors, along with Mayor Sandy Sanders and City Administrator Ray Gosack, met in executive session Monday night (March 11) at the Creekmore Park Community Center to make appointments to the city’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:38pm

A bipartisan group of Arkansas legislators – to include representatives from Northwest Arkansas and the Fort Smith area – are supporting legislation creating a 10-cent per gallon fuel production tax credit designed to help Arkansas based companies compete with alternative fuel producers in other

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 6:28pm

Individuals in attendance at Monday's (March 11) League of Women Voters lunch in Fort Smith learned about the women's suffrage movement from a fellow member who spent last September exploring upstate New York and the historically significant events that lead to a more equal nation for women.

Mon, 03/11/2013 - 3:28pm

The issues facing members on the House floor this week ranged from Medicaid reform to funding court assistants.

By the end of our 8th week in session, close to 900 bills had been filed by House members.  Just over 300 bills were enacted into law.

Sat, 03/09/2013 - 7:00am

At a health insurance expansion rally on Thursday (Mar. 7), Gov. Mike Beebe (D) encouraged stakeholders in the debate to be patient with lawmakers as they grapple for a fiscal and political solution to insuring more Arkansans.

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 8:03am

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) held a press conference at the Arkansas Capitol on Thursday (Mar. 7) to unveil three bills that are part of his legislative package. He was joined by Sen. Keith Ingram, D-West Memphis.

Thu, 03/07/2013 - 4:52pm

Everybody wants a slice of the pie, and there are no shortages of tax cutting ideas in the 89th General Assembly.

Thu, 03/07/2013 - 12:05pm

A more than $2 million expansion project at Lake Fort Smith State Park first announced during the 2012 The Compass Conference has been completed, according to a statement from the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 8:09pm

Floodgates have opened in Little Rock on tax cut proposals and voter reform measures. A Senate tax panel approved two tax breaks and one tax increase on Wednesday (March 6).

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 6:42pm


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