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Grant Tennille, former communications director for Gov. Mike Beebe and current Arkansas Economic Development Commission Director, sat down with Talk Business for a conversation on the legislative agenda he plans to support in the 2013 regular session.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 2:24pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors voted for the passage of an urban bowhunting program to control the city’s deer population Tuesday night (Jan. 15).

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 10:19pm

It may be just as Arkansas’ Congressional Delegation suspected: The decision to strip the Fort Smith-based 188th Fighter Wing of its A-10 mission was primarily a factor of domestic geography and politics, instead of foreign geopolitics and unit performance.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 7:38pm

Gov. Mike Beebe (D) delivered his final regular session speech to the Arkansas General Assembly promising bipartisan cooperation and an emphasis on education, economic development and health care.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 11:53am

Gun Rights group Arkansas Carry alleges that the city of Fort Smith violated portions of Arkansas law (A.C.A. Sections 14-16-504 and 14-54-1411) with its prohibition on the carry of firearms at public parks.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 4:08pm

Five of the 10 “Legislators to Watch” hail from the Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith areas.

The list is compiled by veteran political reporter Roby Brock, and was first posted to his Talk Business website. Talk Business is a content partner with The City Wire.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 3:39pm

Of the 20 Arkansas House of Representatives leadership positions named during Monday’s (Jan. 14) opening of the 2013 General Assembly, six are from the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 3:35pm

After all the talking, scheming, and planning, it is time to begin. Monday marks the first day of the 89th General Assembly, and it will look quite different from anything before at the Arkansas State Capitol.

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 2:43pm

Every legislative session has its own identity. Often, the predictable issues known in advance give way to a unique distinction in the session’s aftermath.

Sun, 01/13/2013 - 9:48pm

What a difference a year makes. The Ward 1 community meeting at Creekmore Community Center Thursday night (Jan. 10) had two things the first in December 2011 did not – turnout and civility.

Fri, 01/11/2013 - 7:05am

The National Rifle Association, which has asked Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson to lead a study on armed guards in public schools, said Thursday (Jan. 10) that the White House task force on gun violence is nothing more than an “attack on the Second Amendment.”

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 6:25pm

Disaster aid was announced Thursday (Jan. 10) for farmers and ranchers in 61 Arkansas counties as a result of damages from the 2012 drought.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 3:12pm

Yesterday (Jan. 9), former House Speaker-elect Darrin Williams (D-Little Rock) took a bank job, today incoming Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) exited from one.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 2:52pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe and officials with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced Thursday (Jan. 10) a health-payment system that could create savings of around $15 million during fiscal year 2014 and $65 million during fiscal year 2015.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 2:06pm

Arkansas’s public education system ranks fifth in the nation according to the latest edition of Education Week’s Quality Counts.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 10:15am

For nearly a decade, natural gas drilling in Arkansas has been accused of harming the drinking water in the Fayetteville Shale play.

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 9:16am

Governor Mike Beebe announced the following judicial appointment and appointments to boards and commissions:

Jason Marshall, Walnut Ridge, as Lawrence County District Judge. Appointment expires Dec. 31, 2014. Replaces the Honorable Larry Hayes.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 12:47pm

A study released by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation suggests that immigrants have a positive contribution to Arkansas’ economy, but an estimated 42% do not have legal documentation.

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 12:36pm

Fort Smith Directors accepted the Girls Inc., offer to sell its property to the city for the sum of $107,500 on Tuesday (Jan. 8), but costs will not end with that initial purchase price.

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 6:16pm

Former 3rd District Congressman Asa Hutchinson discussed placing “an armed presence” in schools on Tuesday (Jan. 8), but stopped short of endorsing the idea of armed teachers in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting tragedy.

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 3:40pm

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