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A House legislator facing questions in an adoption scandal resigned his committee leadership post Monday afternoon, while several education bills including two on workforce training sailed through the state Senate.

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 7:50pm

After a high-profile week centered around a controversial letter to Iranian leaders authored by U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas’ junior senator and a Republican, said he’s far from done with his efforts interjecting himself in the U.S.-Iran discussion.

Sun, 03/15/2015 - 11:03am

A new school safety bill was approved unanimously by a key House committee, while lawmakers debated everything from license plate readers to propane to concealed gun laws Thursday in Little Rock.

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 8:52pm

It was an action-packed Wednesday as lawmakers approved several education bills and a health care bill, while a bill that allows school districts under 350 students to get a waiver to remain open was signed into law.

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 8:54pm

It was meeting day Tuesday as several committees approved legislation, while a task force to study health care reform in the state met for the first time. The 16-member task force was formed after legislators approved Senate Bill 96 earlier in the session. The bill set a Dec.

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 7:27pm

The Fort Smith Board of Directors did not have time to talk about changing the city administrator’s hire-fire authority, but they did have a lively discussion about how the city presents its budget – specifically as to how the city handles a prior-year general fund balance with respect to future

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 5:29pm

Facebook doesn’t “like” two bills being considered by state legislators – one that would allow certain employers to require access to their employees’ social media accounts, and one that would give personal representatives access to a deceased person’s digital records.

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:29pm

The fact that a governor may cross the bridge at Memphis should not preclude him or her from doing their job, the state’s lieutenant governor told a House committee Monday. Lt. Gov.

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 9:21pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday (March 5) announced the following appointments: 

Janet Moore, Hot Springs, to Chair the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Appointment expires Jan. 14, 2017. Replaces Michael Ellis.  

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 11:55am

The involvement of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the effort to change the form of Fort Smith government, improved sales tax revenue for Fort Smith and an effort to reduce the tax on coke – the soft drinks, not the nose candy – are part of The Video Wire this week.

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 9:58am

The state Senate approved a healthcare related bill as debate over the issue was going on nearly 1,000 miles away at the United States Supreme Court. Meanwhile, a bill that would help high school students understand how to pay for healthcare insurance was filed Wednesday.

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 8:41pm

A school test may be waived under a bill that passed by a House committee Tuesday, while legislators moved up their schedule in light of reports of snow, sleet and freezing rain hitting the state Wednesday.

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:56pm

Tax revenue in Arkansas remains positive through the first eight months of the fiscal year, with higher than expected sales and use tax collections and lower than expected income tax refunds pushing gross revenue up 3.2% on a year-over-year comparison.

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:02pm

Even with a 3% decline in tonnage shipped on the Arkansas River in 2014, the 445-mile system has been upgraded by the U.S. Corps of Engineers from a moderate use to a high-use system.

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:38pm

The “Take Back the Fort 2015” effort will not meet its self-imposed goal of being on a May 12 ballot thanks to the weather and an unspecified illness, but the group leader said they are “marching on” to collect enough signatures to force an election seeking to change the form of Fort Smith’s gove

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:35pm

Sen. Jake Files, R-Fort Smith, on Monday (Mar. 2) filed legislation – Senate Bill 725 – to reduce the tax on soft drink syrup by 37%.

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:37pm

The eighth week of the Arkansas General Assembly is likely to include discussions involving agriculture, education and highways starting Monday, and the public can expect more conversation on changes to the criminal justice programs across the state.

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 5:48pm

The House on Thursday (Feb. 26)  approved a bill to create a way for people to finish their degree online through the state’s largest university, while House members sponsored bills involving judicial ethics and the death penalty.

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 8:22pm

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Thursday (Feb.

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 8:09pm

When the Federal Communications Commission meets Thursday (Feb. 26) to vote on proposed net neutrality regulations, the federal regulatory panel’s controversial rules on an “independent, fair and open” Internet are expected to overshadow another important issue on the same agenda.

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:05pm


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