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Gov. Asa Hutchinson talks with reporters last week. (Photo by John Lyon)

Governor set to present budget proposal

Jan 22, 2015 12:39pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said last week he will unveil his budget plan this week, an announcement that legislative leaders welcomed as they prepared to move quickly on the governor’s proposed middle-...

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UA chancellor to step down this summer

Jan 15, 2015 5:17pm

FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart will step down as chancellor on July 31, the university said Monday.

Gearhart plans to take some time off, then return to...

Legislature.jpg With his dad Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, standing by, Sawyer Dismang, 5, leads the Arkansas Senate in prayer Monday as the legislative session begins. (Photo by John Lyon)

Arkansas Legislature back in session

Jan 15, 2015 5:17pm

The Arkansas House and Senate convened Monday for the opening day of a session in which lawmakers face decisions on tax cuts and the Medicaid expansion program known as the private option.

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Report gives state C- in education

Jan 15, 2015 5:17pm

Arkansas’ public education system is ranked 36th in the nation and receives a grade of C-minus in the 2015 Quality Counts report by Education Week.

The reports also places Arkansas among the...

Pay attorney general more, McDaniel urges

Jan 15, 2015 5:17pm

Former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel recommended Monday that the attorney general’s annual salary be raised from $73,132 to at least $165,000.

McDaniel, who was barred by term limits from...

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Maggio pleads guilty to taking bribe

Jan 15, 2015 5:17pm

Former circuit judge Mike Maggio of Conway pleaded guilty Friday to accepting a bribe in exchange for reducing a verdict against a nursing home owned by a Fort Smith businessman.

Maggio, 53...

State revenues for December exceed forecast

Jan 08, 2015 12:24pm

Arkansas revenues for December were up 2.3 percent compared to a year ago and 4.2 percent above forecast, the state’s fiscal office said Monday.

Net available general revenues last month...

West Memphis tops dangerous cities’ list for state

Jan 08, 2015 12:24pm

What are the most dangerous cities in Arkansas? To find out homesecurityshield.org consulted the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report. Its rankings are based on the data publicly released each...

Schools may see boycott of Common Core-aligned tests

Jan 08, 2015 12:24pm

A group that opposes the Common Core State Standards is telling parents it is their right to boycott standardized tests aligned with Common Core — but officials in at least one Arkansas school...

New surgeon general for state named

Jan 08, 2015 12:23pm

Gov.-Elect Asa Hutchinson said last week he will appoint Dr. Greg Bledsoe, currently an official at an Alabama hospital, as the state’s next surgeon general.

Bledsoe also will join the...

Group says close down Booneville facility

Jan 08, 2015 12:23pm

The nonprofit advocacy group Disability Rights Arkansas issued a report Monday recommending closure of the Booneville Human Development Center.

The group said the center’s buildings are...

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