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Cutline1 Composite Photo By Dale Ellis State rep. Stephen Meeks, R-Greenbrier, who has nurtured a lifelong passion for astronomy, gazes up at the night sky, although earthbound glare from artificial lighting obscures most of the stars. This view, made from a composite, illustrates what the night sky above the earth reveals away from sources of artificial light. Meeks said, although there are areas in Arkansas that afford relatively clear views of the Milky Way, no place in Arkansas is free of glare, which he hopes to change through legislation meant to curb light pollution.

Meeks looks to the stars to promote science education

Dec 29, 2015 4:01pm

For millennia, humans have cast their gaze to the heavens seeking solace, guidance, spiritual direction, portents of future events, and clues to the origins of the cosmos and time itself. In a...

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Governor seeks middle ground on private option

Aug 27, 2015 1:41pm

As he did in the first health-care speech of his administration in January, Gov. Asa Hutchinson last week stated a position on the private option that occupies a middle ground between maintaining...

Sylvia Classic of Conway shows notices she received from DHS of cancellation of her family’s health insurance for failure to provide income verification, which she claims the agency never asked for. (John Lyon photo)

Dumped from Medicaid, private option, some ask why

Aug 13, 2015 5:20pm

Steve Simmons of Fort Smith was shocked when he learned last week that his health insurance under Arkansas’ private option had been terminated, even though he had done everything that was asked of...

2 push ‘Take Your Legislator to School’ month

Aug 13, 2015 5:10pm

Arkansas schools were urged Monday to plan events with their local legislators next month.

Rep. Charlotte Douglas, R-Alma, and Sen. Alan Clerk, R-Lonsdale, held a news conference at the...

The Legislature meets in a session from earlier this year. (Arkansas News Bureau file photo)

Newly effective state laws include ban on ‘revenge porn’

Jul 29, 2015 6:01am

Arkansans cannot legally distribute “revenge porn” or make voyeuristic use of drones but can carry concealed handguns into more places, including polling places, under new state laws now in effect...

State Rep. Charlotte Douglas, R-Alma, talks to reporters at the state Capitol on Monday. (John Lyon photo)

New laws on domestic violence begin

Jul 23, 2015 11:18pm

Four new laws that go into effect Wednesday will take on the problem of domestic violence through education and prevention efforts, increased services for victims and new tools for law enforcement...

Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks Monday, July 13, 2015, at a joint meeting of two state task forces that are looking for ways to reduce prison overcrowding. (John Lyon photo)

Arkansas ranks 3rd in nation in prison growth

Jul 16, 2015 2:30pm

Arkansas had the third-highest growth in prison population in the nation between 2004 and 2013, according to a report presented Monday at a joint meeting of two state task forces that are looking...

Parole board adopts policy changes aimed at reducing crowding

Jul 16, 2015 2:30pm

The state Parole Board voted in a special meeting Monday to adopt policy changes including new deadlines for parole revocation hearings and greater use of alternative sentencing.

Under the...

Board gives governor win on school testing

Jul 16, 2015 2:29pm

After regular and special legislative sessions in which he boasted of getting everything he asked for, Gov. Asa Hutchinson got his way again last week on the issue of standardized tests — though...

No break in hot weather this week

Jul 16, 2015 2:21pm

Most of Arkansas will likely be under a heat this, the National Weather Service said Monday.

The weather service issued the advisory Monday for all but northwestern Arkansas.


State ends fiscal year with $191.6 million surplus

Jul 09, 2015 4:01pm

Arkansas ended the 2014-15 fiscal year with a $191.6 million surplus, the state’s fiscal office said last week.

Net available general revenue collections for the fiscal year that ended June...


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