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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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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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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...

Hutchinson names new DOC director

Jan 08, 2015 12:23pm

Gov.-Elect Asa Hutchinson on Monday named Wendy Kelley, currently chief deputy director of the state Department of Correction, as the agency’s next director.

Kelley has held her current...

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...

AG issues opinion on salary panel’s deadline

Jan 08, 2015 12:23pm

The newly created Independent Citizens Commission does not have to make any adjustments to elected state official’s salaries by Feb. 2, but it does if it wants to adjust them by more than 15...

Court makes state history with 4 female justices

Jan 08, 2015 12:21pm

Arkansas now has a majority-female Supreme Court for the first time in its history. Two of those judges have ties to Van Buren County.

Justice Karen Baker, sworn in Wednesday for her first...

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