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Gov. Asa Hutchinson told a group of startup executives and entrepreneurs visiting Little Rock that one of his educational visions is for 20% of Arkansas students to eventually take computer coding classes while in high school.

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 7:50pm

A growing global middle class will provide opportunities for American exporters, but domestic companies will need support to compete with foreign firms who receive help from their own governments, the chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank said in a speech at the Clinton School of Publi

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:45pm

Sewer rates for all Fort Smith customers will increase May 1 to help pay for an estimated $480 million in federally mandated sewer system improvements. The rate hike is less than originally proposed but will raise the average monthly residential bill from $19.63 now to $47.91 by January 2017.

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:54pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed three bills into law Monday (April 6) that he said represent a fundamental shift in the state’s workforce development efforts.

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 8:22pm

Senate President Jonathan Dismang and Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam said they are satisfied with the outcome of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that nearly derailed the regular legislative session in the last full week.

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 8:09pm

The last full day of the 90th General Assembly regular session felt like a relay race at times as lawmakers hurriedly sped a compromise religious freedom solution through committee, to the governor, and back to the House again.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 9:15pm

A compromise religious freedom bill received a veto-proof majority in the House Thursday with the bill being signed into law. The group leading the opposition to the original religious freedom bill said the new language still opens the door to discrimination.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:02pm

Legislators from the Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas give Gov. Asa Hutchinson high marks on his first legislative session.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 9:42pm

Former U.S. Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt, the long-time and popular Congressman of Arkansas’ 3rd Congressional District and one of only two Republicans to defeat Bill Clinton in an election, has died. He was 92.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:35pm

Amidst a national backlash and pressure from corporations and special interest groups, Gov. Asa Hutchinson offered a compromise on HB 1228 – a bill that some championed as supportive of religious freedom, while others say would lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:46am

On a day when renewed opposition from the state’s business community implored Gov. Asa Hutchinson to stop HB 1228, a bill dubbed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” the Arkansas House passed three amendments to the measure that sealed the bill’s fate for the governor’s desk.

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:48pm

A nearly $5.2 billion proposed state budget was unveiled Monday morning as lawmakers and state officials begin the arduous task for negotiations this week.

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:21pm

Arkansas lawmakers and Gov. Asa Hutchinson are on track – as were their counterparts in Indiana – to go against concerns of large employers and influential businesses like Wal-Mart Stores, Apple and Acxiom and approve legislation the businesses believe discriminatory.

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 8:13pm

Amendments to a bill that would prevent state actions that “substantially burden a person’s right to exercise of religion” passed the House Judiciary Committee Monday despite a heavy presence of opponents at the Capitol.

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 7:42pm

The likely last week of this year’s regular legislative session starts Monday with lawmakers facing a boatload of issues and negotiations involving the state’s budget and national pressure over a bill impacting religion.

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 2:07pm

On Thursday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson officially named Mike Preston as the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the state agency charged with recruiting and retaining jobs. Preston comes from Enterprise Florida, that state’s economic development arm.

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 2:04pm

A bill that supporters say will protect religious freedom and opponents say will allow for discrimination easily passed the Arkansas Senate on Friday (March 27). The 35-member body passed House Bill 1228 by a 24-7 margin.

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 6:58pm

With potentially a week to go in Arkansas’ 2015 legislative session, lawmakers stepped up their committee and floor action to push through bills dealing with corrections, executions, drug screening, wine and campaign financing.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:35pm

Only hours removed from hiring the state’s next economic development chief, Gov. Asa Hutchinson outlined his vision for an aggressive platform on Thursday that he said would allow Arkansas to complete globally for better jobs and sustained economic growth.

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 9:27pm

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