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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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Lawmaker eyes challenge to Common Core

Dec 24, 2014 2:31pm

After surviving an effort this year to defund them, the Common Core State Standards may come under attack again in the legislative session that begins in January.

Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-...

Commission bans firewood imports

Dec 24, 2014 2:26pm

During last week’s monthly meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, commissioners permanently adopted a ban on the importation of firewood into the state’s wildlife management areas....

Panel takes look at home-care program

Dec 24, 2014 2:26pm

A state legislative panel on Monday officially reviewed a proposed rule requiring insurance companies that offer plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace to participate in the state’s...

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe last week unveiled his 42-by-50-inch portrait by artist Ovita Goolsby of Royal. The painting will be hung in the governor’s conference room at the Capitol on Jan. 13, the day that Republican Asa Hutchinson will be sworn in as governor. Goolsby spent five months painting the portrait and the $12,500 cost was raised from private donors.

Portrait unveiled

Dec 24, 2014 2:24pm

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe last week unveiled his 42-by-50-inch portrait by artist Ovita Goolsby of Royal. The painting will be hung in the governor’s conference room at the Capitol on Jan. 13,...

Lawmakers hope to clear up confusion on amendment

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

Two state legislators who helped craft a constitutional amendment that voters approved last month on legislative ethics and other issues said Monday they hope to pass new legislation that will...

Communities see economic possibilities in proposed prison

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

LITTLE ROCK — Travis Plummer of Waldron sees a proposed 1,000-bed state prison as a potential economic boon for Scott County, which has had a hard time keeping residents from going elsewhere for...

Mitch Bettis, president of Arkansas Business Publishing Group, discusses the company’s plans to partner with the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce to create the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame. (John Lyon photo)

Nominees to be sought for Women’s Hall of Fame

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

Organizers of the planned Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame said last week they will begin taking nominations in March for the first group of inductees.

“Just take 15 seconds and think of women...

1934 bridge eyed to anchor Chaffee Crossing

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

FORT SMITH — The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority plans one day to turn an 80-year-old bridge that spans Lee Creek into the centerpiece of the Chaffee Crossing historic district in east Fort...

Hutchinson announces more staffers

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has announced nine additional senior staff positions.

“I am pleased to announce additional members of my senior staff,” Hutchinson stated in a news release. “These...

Christmas at Big Mamma’s

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

Part 2 of 4

Supper on Christmas Eve was homemade vegetable soup with cornbread, slathered in butter, and banana pudding topped by a thick meringue for dessert. We knew we had to slack off on...

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