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Tuesday's study session of the Fort Smith Board of Directors ran the gamut as Ward 4 Director George Catsavis fired and missed in his attempt to get a repeal of the city's ban on guns in city parks on the agenda and Whirlpool was back in town in an attempt to ban drilling for groundwater wells ne

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 4:20pm

The race for Arkansas Governor could get more interesting, especially if an Independent with money and name recognition enters the race.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 11:41am

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, a Republican from Springdale, announced Tuesday (Feb. 12) that he would not be a candidate for governor in 2014, and plans to support Asa Hutchinson for the office.

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 10:41am

After losing control of both houses of the Arkansas Legislature for the first time in more than 130 years, Democrats have reason to be concerned in future elections.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 4:23pm

Governors from across the nation made a point to celebrate what would have been former President Ronald Reagan's 102nd birthday on Feb. 6 with proclamations declaring the date "Ronald Reagan Day" in their respective states.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:32am

• Senate Report: Week 4 review
The 89th General Assembly has passed a few bills thus far and has made headway on a few topics. We have had genuine conversation in our caucuses and committees about substantive things.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:52am

Jobs, jobs, jobs.

That was the pre-election mantra of these heady Republicans who knew they were within striking distance of capturing the keys to the Arkansas lawmaking engine.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 2:52pm

The Rev. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, spoke Saturday night (Feb. 9) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville.

Sun, 02/10/2013 - 12:55am

A much-hyped audit of the Arkansas Medicaid program by legislative auditors was delivered on Friday afternoon (Feb. 8) with fewer fireworks than promised.

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 3:30pm

Concern over a bill proposed by Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, to allow concealed handguns onto Arkansas campuses pushed the meeting room of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce way past capacity Friday afternoon, with people standing beyond doorways.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 8:29pm

A list of problems with federal finances was praised by Republican members of Arkansas’ Congressional Delegation, but the lone Democrat in the delegation said the report failed to provide context about the ever-changing nature of economic conditions and the federal budget.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 9:02am

About 30 Arkansas lawmakers announced Thursday (Feb. 7) the formation of the Legislative Steel Caucus, a coalition of government and business leaders hoping to duplicate what the natural gas industry did during the Fayetteville Shale’s early years.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 5:03pm

The Arkansas Department of Career Education on Thursday (Feb. 7) approved a satellite technical center in Clarksville for Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, pending funding approval by the state legislature.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 4:39pm

Even though the Sebastian County Quorum Court has voted to approve funding for the new Ben Geren Aquatic Center, the project is now teetering on the edge of collapse as a second vote on the project approaches Feb. 19.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 2:16pm

A survey with more than 1,700 participants that appears on the campaign website of U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., has shown overwhelming support for spending cuts and job creation and very little support for pursuing legislation that deals with social issues, such as abortion.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 12:25pm

More than 75% of Americans believe they will see a female president in their lifetime, according to a comprehensive national survey conducted by two entities of the University of Arkansas System.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 7:27am

University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart has formally asked auditors for the Arkansas General Assembly and the University of Arkansas System to perform independent audits of spending within the university’s advancement division.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 7:20am

The Arkansas House of Representatives replicated their Senate counterparts and met in a “committee of the whole” to ask questions and address issues related to a $1.1 billion steel mill super project.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 7:40pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday (Feb. 6) announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

William Cains, Sr., Altus, to the Arkansas Geological Commission. Appointment expires Jan. 14, 2020. Replaces Keith DuPriest.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 3:54pm

An annexation proposal from Vice Mayor Kevin Settle at the Fort Smith Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday (Feb. 5) may not go far due to prior agreements regarding growth between the cities of Fort Smith and Barling.

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 2:54pm


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