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Political News

Arkansas ends its fiscal year with a $145.6 million surplus from gross revenues totaling $5.924 billion, or 4.4% higher than fiscal year 2011 and 2.2% above forecast.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 1:13pm

Supporters of automated solid waste collection met at Sweet Bay by Creekmore Park on Monday (July 2) to sign the petition for a November ballot initiative that would move Fort Smith to citywide automated refuse collection.

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 1:28am

Fort Smith officials announced Monday (July 2) that the sewer rate will decline 12 cents per ccf per month beginning in July — or a little more than $14 a year for some residential customers.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 5:20pm

Arkansas’ Medicaid program will receive $7.65 million in an agreement with drug maker GlaxoSmithKline, according to a statement released Monday (July 2) by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 2:32pm

Gov. Mike Beebe said Monday that he’s “inclined” to expand the state’s Medicaid program under a provision in the federal law that was ruled constitutional last week.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 12:18pm

Gov. Mike Beebe’s week-long trade mission to France should result in expansions of existing French firms doing business in Arkansas and could result in research collaborations for food safety and agricultural productivity.

Mon, 07/02/2012 - 11:32am

Following Thursday’s (June 28) ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that upheld President Barack Obama’s health-care plan, Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said his job is to implement a system that best works for Arkansas.

Thu, 06/28/2012 - 1:53pm

The hospital industry in Arkansas approves of the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding most of President Barack Obama’s health-care plan, but the national trade associations representing retailers — including Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Thu, 06/28/2012 - 1:49pm

BLOOMBERG — The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the core of President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, giving him an election-year triumph and preserving a law that would expand insurance to millions of people and transform an industry that makes up 18 percent of the nation’s economy.

Thu, 06/28/2012 - 9:44am

Fort Smith City Directors discussed plans to move forward on a comprehensive citizen survey at the Tuesday (June 26) Study Session.

Tue, 06/26/2012 - 3:51pm

Fort Smith Administrator Ray Gosack hopes to strengthen communication between city residents and the municipal government.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 4:46pm

BLOOMBERG — As the U.S. government’s regulatory bureaucracy has ballooned, one agency has been left behind: The office that oversees the regulators themselves.

Mon, 06/25/2012 - 2:48pm

Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue said an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling creates a philosophical and practical problem within the state’s criminal justice system — a problem he believes should be addressed immediately by the Arkansas Legislature.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 4:01pm

The Arkansas Supreme Court sided with death row inmates in a ruling that strikes down the state’s execution law.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 10:42am

Arkansas Farm Bureau chief Randy Veach warned months ago that details of a federal farm bill could be devastating for Arkansas.

On Thursday (June 21), Veach said a Senate-passed farm bill doesn’t come close to protecting Arkansas farmers.

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 6:51pm

Fort Smith Director Philip Merry is ready to look at rate increases for the non-automated solid waste collection areas of Fort Smith. His open door to a rate increase comes after a June 5 meeting when Merry assured Fort Smith residents there would be no increase.

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 4:29pm

BLOOMBERG — Republicans have pledged to “repeal and replace” President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul. If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the law, they may struggle to deliver on the second part of their vow.

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 1:55pm

Opponents of an increase in the state’s natural gas severance tax say a new study shows that raising the tax would be detrimental to the gas industry in Arkansas.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 5:09pm

Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders did not issue a veto Tuesday night (June 19) at the Fort Smith Board of Directors Meeting.

He didn’t have to.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 6:48am

Duane Highley was named as the new CEO of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas in November 2011.

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 9:45am

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