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The Arkansas Senate voted 19-14 Thursday morning to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of HB 1037, a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks. An override required 18 votes.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:58am

At a Feb. 12 meeting of the Fort Smith Board of Directors, a lawyer and consultants representing Whirlpool said possible cancer-causing chemicals in the ground around its former Fort Smith manufacturing facility had not spread.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:46am

Arkansas Surgeon General Dr. Joe Thompson says the new Medicaid option for the state may need a more accurate name, and he says that avoiding a federally-run insurance exchange could help Arkansans avoid a costly tax.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 11:31pm

The Arkansas House of Representatives voted Wednesday (Feb. 27) to override Gov. Mike Beebe’s veto of HB 1037, a bill that would restrict abortions after 20 weeks.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 7:15pm

Most members of the Fort Smith Board of Directors aren’t yet sure if they will approve an ordinance requested by Whirlpool Corp. to ban water wells in a residential area that has been polluted by runoff from Whirlpool’s shuttered manufacturing plant.

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 12:56pm

Arkansas Senate President Michael Lamoureux, R-Russellville, and House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, released a memo today (Feb. 26) disclosing that they have hired two economist groups to review the $1.1 billion steel mill superproject announced last month.

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 8:29pm

The Fort Smith Airport Commission awarded an engineering contract to Morrison Shipley Engineers on Tuesday night as the commission plans the rehabilitation of Runway 1/19.

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 7:11pm

A year end summary report from Fort Smith Finance Director Kara Bushkuhl shows that city officials are concerned about 2013 revenue and have asked department heads to look for ways to reduce or delay spending.

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 6:42pm

Friday is the deadline for Congress and President Barack Obama to come to a compromise on averting automatic budget cuts, also called sequestration, enacted through the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 3:42pm

Gov. Mike Beebe issued his first veto of the 89th General Assembly – a bill that would restrict abortions after 20 weeks.

Beebe said HB 1037 by Rep. Andy Mayberry, R-Hensley, the “pain capable abortion” bill, violates the U.S. Constitution and cost taxpayers money through litigation.

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 3:14pm

Van Buren officials are preparing to make upgrades to seriously old infrastructure during the next few years.

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 2:56pm

House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, sprinted through three House committees this morning telling members that it was the “start of the third quarter.”

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 1:29pm

University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald Bobbitt announced Monday (Feb. 25) that he will nominate Dr.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 5:03pm

When the sales tax increase requested by Ozark Regional Transit failed in May 2012, many who voted “no” said it was because they didn’t think that the organization was operating efficiently enough with the money it already had.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 1:18pm

In the 2014 Governor’s race, Republican Asa Hutchinson has an early lead over two potential Democratic rivals, Mike Ross and Bill Halter.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 11:57am

Gov. Mike Beebe (D) remains immensely popular with Arkansas voters who give his job performance a supermajority thumbs-up. The Arkansas legislature and U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., remain in positive territory, but with much closer margins.

Sun, 02/24/2013 - 12:30pm

House Speaker Davy Carter, R-Cabot, says fellow legislators are seeking answers on federal Medicaid flexibility from Gov. Mike Beebe’s Friday afternoon meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 4:42pm

A new Talk Business-Hendrix College survey finds that support for a $125 million bond issue for the state’s first superproject is popular, and legislation to allow faculty members on college campuses to carry concealed handguns has a plurality of support.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 7:42am

Arkansas has been awarded a $42 million State State Innovation Model grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to assist with its Payment Improvement Initiative efforts.

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 2:17pm


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