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Business leaders calling for the state’s public schools to connect to a university-based high-speed network hope to have cost estimates by mid-July and would like Gov. Mike Beebe to call a special session by the end of the year.

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 5:57pm

With the primaries over for state and county offices, focus in Arkansas is shifting to the general election this fall.

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 5:48pm

A representative of the state’s largest electric utility on Wednesday compared the Environmental Protection Agency’s new far-reaching guidelines to reduce carbon emissions in Arkansas to Dante’s journey through hell in the epic Divine Comedy poem.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 3:34pm

Multi-state and local officials came together Wednesday (June 25) in a church parking lot in Alma not just to commemorate the designation of Interstate 49 behind them, but to start a campaign to build a stretch of Interstate from Fort Smith to Alma that they say would eventually give Fort Smith a

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 3:17pm

Voters in Oklahoma went to the polls Tuesday (June 24) to decide nominees in a variety of statewide and local primary races. Perhaps the race receiving the most attention statewide and even nationally is the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 9:53pm

Talk Business & Politics has confirmed that Arkansas House members will meet in the historic Old State House during a special session, which Gov. Mike Beebe has officially called for Monday, June 30 at 4 p.m.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 8:10pm

Fort Smith Public Schools Superintendent Dr.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 7:57pm

Gov. Mike Beebe says math, not health, may eventually determine the fate of the Private Option.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:08pm

Gov. Mike Beebe is heading overseas for his third European trade mission in five years. In a recent Talk Business & Politics interview, Beebe said he will travel to London, Paris and the Czech Republic beginning July 12.

Sun, 06/22/2014 - 5:22pm

The Arkansas Legislative Council passed on a voice vote an interim resolution by Faulkner County Republican Sen. Jason Rapert that affirms the council's support of Act 83, a constitutional amendment passed by Arkansas voters in 2004 that banned same-sex marriage in the state.

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:47pm

Saudi Arabian Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal recently visited NanoMech and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Northwest Arkansas as part of a Eisenhower Fellowship trip to investigate new approaches to sustainable economic growth, diversification, and exploring innovations to increas

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 1:18pm

Gov. Mike Beebe said Thursday (June 19) he’s not calling a special session on changes to the public school employee insurance program until he sees a roll call from each chamber of the legislature with a big majority in both.

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 1:01pm

Candidates for Fayetteville municipal races cannot start filing to run for office until July 25, but that has not stopped several incumbents and challengers from announcing their intents to run for a term on the council.

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 5:47pm

Fort Smith City Director Philip Merry's third attempt to get a review of the city's legal billings and the formation of a committee to review whether the city would be better served by in-house legal counsel or the current arrangement with paying the Daily and Woods Law Firm to provide legal serv

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:23pm

The House and Senate leaders of a task force charged with addressing soaring school employee health insurance rates said Tuesday (June 17) they believe they will have the votes they need this week for Gov. Mike Beebe to call a special session.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 7:29pm

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson addressed the onshoring of jobs to the United States and what he said was a burdensome regulatory environment during a speech to the Fort Smith Manufacturing Executives Association.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 7:17pm

Arkansas lawmakers heard Tuesday (June 17) about the next wave of Private Option concepts that will be debated as the program moves forward.

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 1:51pm

The Crawford County Quorum Court got their first look at when it will be able to start spending bond monies tied to the voter-approved sales tax to fund construction of a new county jail, along with law enforcement operations.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:28pm

Primaries take place in Oklahoma on June 24 and all eyes appear to be on the Republican primary to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican from Muskogee.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 2:13pm


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