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State Rep. Nate Bell, R-Mena, presides over a House committee meeting Monday. (John Lyon photo)

House passes ‘Tom Cotton bill’

Mar 26, 2015 9:44pm

The Arkansas House on Monday gave final passage to a bill that would allow a candidate from Arkansas to run for the White House and Congress simultaneously, a bill that has been nicknamed “the Tom...

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Lawmaker who ‘re-homed’ resigns committee posts

Mar 19, 2015 11:01pm

A state legislator who “re-homed” his two adopted daughters to a man who later assaulted one of the girls stepped down Monday from two committee positions but continued to resist calls from some...

Lawmakers approve bills on scholarships, abortion providers

Mar 12, 2015 11:13pm

The Arkansas Senate on Monday approved bills to cut lottery-funded college scholarships in half for incoming freshmen and ban the disbursement of public funds to any entity that performs elective...

Hospital admits false claims, to pay fine

Mar 05, 2015 3:25pm

Baptist Health Medical Center North Little will pay $2.7 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after acknowledging that it submitted false claims.

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Westerman chief of staff resigns

Mar 05, 2015 3:23pm

WASHINGTON — An unpaid $10 parking ticket cost Kenneth Ryan James his job as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs.

James, 41, was suspended without pay after Westerman...

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Karen Baker recommended a bigger pay raise for justices at a public hearing Monday. (Photo by John Lyon)

Baker, Hart say proposed pay hike for justices not enough

Mar 05, 2015 3:21pm

Two Arkansas Supreme Court justices were among five people who spoke at a public hearing Monday on a slate of proposed salary increases for legislators, constitutional officers and judges.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson, left, and former state Sen. Johnny Key speak at a news conference Monday, March 2, 2015, announcing Key as Hutchinson’s pick for state education commissioner. (John Lyon photo)

Governor picks Key to head Education Department

Mar 05, 2015 3:21pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday said former state Sen. Johnny Key is his pick to be the next state education commissioner and said he is asking the Legislature to change state law to allow Key to...

Report finds education gaps remain

Feb 26, 2015 6:08pm

If Arkansas doesn’t make changes in education policy, students will continue to fall behind. A new report says that the state has made some much-needed progress since the now-famous Lake View case...

Some state treasurer reports online

Feb 19, 2015 3:36pm

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan said last week his office has added a new section to its website where the public can view financial reports.

Thirteen reports were available by the end of...

Rapert: Use small-scale nukes against ISIS

Feb 19, 2015 3:08pm

An Arkansas state senator posted comments to Facebook over the weekend advocating the use of nuclear weapons against the Sunni militant group in Iraq and Syria that calls itself the Islamic State...

Panel recommends more money for legislators, judges

Feb 06, 2015 1:58pm

The state Independent Citizens Commission voted Monday to approve a report containing proposed raises for legislators, judges and most constitutional officers.

The report, which can be...

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