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The Fort Smith Board of Directors took a tongue-lashing from one of its citizens, extended allowable land use for sexually oriented businesses and settled the Barlee II Properties litigation Tuesday night (Nov. 20).

Tue, 11/20/2012 - 10:42pm

Fort Smith Director Pam Weber and Frank Sharum, sub-contractor on the downtown streetscaping project, are not telling the same story.

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 9:20pm

Emboldened by Republican control of the Arkansas Legislature for the first time in almost 140 years, the Arkansas Policy Foundation (APF) is renewing its call for tax cuts that could reduce state collections by $88.5 million.

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 5:10pm

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) said Monday that the Oklahoma Department of Health will not participate in a state-based health exchange or to expand Medicaid – key parts of the new federal health care law designed to increase coverage for the elderly and poor.

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 3:33pm

The 2013 city budget hearings took a combative tone Thursday night (Nov. 15). The meeting, which was held at the Bartlett Community Room in the Fort Smith Police Department (FSPD), heated up over streetscaping.

Fri, 11/16/2012 - 6:29am

Rep. Davy Carter, R-Cabot, pulled off an upset against Rep. Terry Rice, R-Waldron, to capture the post of Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives.

Thu, 11/15/2012 - 2:54pm

Governor Mike Beebe’s balanced budget proposal calls for a near-elimination of the food tax based on a trigger mechanism tied to revenue growth.

Thu, 11/15/2012 - 1:01pm

Fort Smith Directors Steve Tyler and Pam Weber called a special meeting with City Administrator Ray Gosack on Wednesday (Nov. 14) to discuss beautification concerns raised by the Beautify Fort Smith Committee.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 8:19pm

The Fort Smith-based 188th Fighter Wing will lose its 20 A-10 Thunderbolt fighter planes and move to an unmanned mission if Air Force leadership sticks to its guns.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 3:41pm

A Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll exploring voter attitudes for and against a recently defeated medical marijuana initiative indicates that changes to the measure could influence the future outcome of another vote on the topic.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 9:01am

Budget hearings for 2013 launched Tuesday night (Nov. 13) at the Bartlett Community Room inside the Fort Smith Police Department. The focus was on streets and traffic control, sanitation and water and sewer.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 6:50am

The ascendancy of Rep. Terry Rice, R-Waldron, to the post of Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives following historic GOP control of the House is no longer a certainty.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 7:38pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors listened to Outside Agency Review Panel recommendations and revisited available land use for sexually oriented businesses at the Tuesday (Nov. 13) study session.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 7:04pm

Talk Business and Hendrix College conducted its first post-election survey to further understand the motivations and demographics of Arkansas voters in last Tuesday’s election cycle.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 1:54pm

The Arkansas State Senate, under Republican control for the first time since the post-Civil War era, selected its committee assignments and allowed members to draw for two- or four-year terms.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 5:23pm

City directors will review 2013 funding recommendations from the Outside Agency Review Panel as well as sexually oriented business zoning and Citizens Forums at the Tuesday (Nov. 13) study session.

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:58pm

BENTONVILLE — Election Day in Benton County was punctuated with long lines, broken voting machines and a shortage of paper ballots. The day ended with local officials asking questions about how to improve the county's election process.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 10:43pm

Sen. Jake Files, R-Fort Smith, was selected Thursday (Nov. 8) as the chairman of the powerful Senate Revenue and Tax committee, a job he admits will be a “baptism by fire” but says he is focused on “sound policy” that benefits the state for decades to come.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 6:43pm

The first sign of the political shift in Arkansas was delivered today (Nov. 8) in the Arkansas Senate, with election uncertainty continuing in northeast Arkansas.

Thu, 11/08/2012 - 2:43pm

One day after Republicans made historic gains and appear in control of both chambers of the General Assembly, Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe said he expects bipartisanship to be the order of the day in both chambers.

Wed, 11/07/2012 - 9:05pm


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