Gov. Mike Beebe (D) released $40,000 from his emergency fund to stop the proposed January furlough of 120 trial court assistants across Arkansas — a furlough resulting in part from a significant decline in foreclosure filings.
The Tuesday (Dec. 20) meeting of the Sebastian County Quorum Court had officially adjourned when citizen James Mitchell stood up to speak his peace to court members and Sebastian County Judge David Hudson.
The Fort Smith Board of Directors is moving forward with a March 2012 election to extend an existing 1% sales tax that would pay for more than $107 million in basic infrastructure and quality-of-place projects.
Favorable financial figures that are part of a “focused plan” protect and enhance the future of the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith were released Monday (Dec. 12) by the 188th Fighter Wing-Fort Chaffee Community Council.
Earlier this year, the state’s trial court system experienced a near-catastrophic cash flow crisis. Declining revenues from fewer civil case filings and supposedly less-than-stellar budgeting resulted in a scare for the pay of trial court personnel.
Arkansas’ new Medicaid chief, Dr. Andy Allison, received a warm and lengthy welcome from a legislative committee on his first week on the job, fielding questions regarding his philosophy and experience in reforming Medicaid.
Finger pointing surrounding Van Buren water payments — or lack thereof — related to a 2009 “true-up” assessment took an odd turn Tuesday night when Van Buren Mayor Bob Freeman was alleged to have struck a pre-2010 general election deal with a former Fort Smith City Administrator.