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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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House backs bill restricting use of abortion pill

Feb 06, 2015 1:58pm

The Arkansas House gave overwhelming support Monday to measures to restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs and ensure that victims’ families can view executions.

Members approved House...

Neighbor serves up love

Feb 06, 2015 1:58pm

Brenda Miles, an award-winning columnist from Hot Springs Village, has written a serial on Valentine’s Day. The conclusion will appear in next week’s paper.

“Dear Diary, today we finished...

Proposal would end private option

Jan 29, 2015 3:23pm

A bill filed Monday would end the Medicaid expansion program known as the private option at the end of this year.

Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, filed Senate Bill 144 four days...

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-...

Bill seeks to allow guns on campus

Jan 22, 2015 12:38pm

The sponsor of a 2013 law that allowed faculty and staff at colleges and universities to carry concealed handguns on campus, unless the institutions opt out, wants to do away with the opt-out...

Legislators have questions as session enters 2nd week

Jan 22, 2015 12:38pm

When Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveiled his proposed income tax cut during the first week of the legislative session, lawmakers greeted it with questions — questions they hope to see answered in the...

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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