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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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Stamp to honor Angelou debuts April 7

Apr 02, 2015 3:31pm

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service, which will begin selling its Maya Angelou Forever Stamp on April 7, has planned a star-studded ceremony that day to honor the poet who spent much of her...

State Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville (right), presents an amended version of HB 1228 to the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. (Dale Ellis photo)

Lawmakers OK bills on abortion, lottery scholarships

Apr 02, 2015 3:31pm

Arkansas lawmakers on Monday approved bills to impose new restrictions on abortion, require drug testing of some applicants for public benefits and make changes to lottery-funded college...

A radioactive Troxler gauge was reported stolen Monday in Pulaski County. (Photo provided by Arkansas Department of Health)

Possibly hazardous Troxler gauge stolen

Apr 02, 2015 3:26pm

A Troxler gauge containing radioactive material was reported stolen from a construction site near Interstate 40 West in northwest Pulaski County and could be a radiation hazard if damaged,...

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...

What the FOIA means to you

Mar 26, 2015 9:42pm

As taxpayers who support governmental entities, Arkansans have a right to review an array of records at every level of government – state and local – and to attend the meetings of policy-makers...

Panel approves raises for judges, others

Mar 19, 2015 11:07pm

The state Independent Citizens Commission gave final approval Monday to a slate of pay raises for elected state officials, despite objections from some members that comments received from the...

Cotton urges military buildup

Mar 19, 2015 11:01pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on Monday called for a major increase in military spending to counter recent declines that he says have gravely weakened the nation’s military and emboldened despots...

Lawmaker who ‘re-homed’ resigns committee posts

Mar 19, 2015 11:01pm

A state legislator who “re-homed” his two adopted daughters to a man who later assaulted one of the girls stepped down Monday from two committee positions but continued to resist calls from some...

Lawmakers approve bills on scholarships, abortion providers

Mar 12, 2015 11:13pm

The Arkansas Senate on Monday approved bills to cut lottery-funded college scholarships in half for incoming freshmen and ban the disbursement of public funds to any entity that performs elective...

Hospital admits false claims, to pay fine

Mar 05, 2015 3:25pm

Baptist Health Medical Center North Little will pay $2.7 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services after acknowledging that it submitted false claims.

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