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The Legislature meets in a session from earlier this year. (Arkansas News Bureau file photo)

Newly effective state laws include ban on ‘revenge porn’

Jul 29, 2015 6:01am

Arkansans cannot legally distribute “revenge porn” or make voyeuristic use of drones but can carry concealed handguns into more places, including polling places, under new state laws now in effect...

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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...

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.


Westerman chief of staff resigns

Mar 05, 2015 3:23pm

WASHINGTON — An unpaid $10 parking ticket cost Kenneth Ryan James his job as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs.

James, 41, was suspended without pay after Westerman...

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Karen Baker recommended a bigger pay raise for justices at a public hearing Monday. (Photo by John Lyon)

Baker, Hart say proposed pay hike for justices not enough

Mar 05, 2015 3:21pm

Two Arkansas Supreme Court justices were among five people who spoke at a public hearing Monday on a slate of proposed salary increases for legislators, constitutional officers and judges.


Gov. Asa Hutchinson, left, and former state Sen. Johnny Key speak at a news conference Monday, March 2, 2015, announcing Key as Hutchinson’s pick for state education commissioner. (John Lyon photo)

Governor picks Key to head Education Department

Mar 05, 2015 3:21pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday said former state Sen. Johnny Key is his pick to be the next state education commissioner and said he is asking the Legislature to change state law to allow Key to...

Report finds education gaps remain

Feb 26, 2015 6:08pm

If Arkansas doesn’t make changes in education policy, students will continue to fall behind. A new report says that the state has made some much-needed progress since the now-famous Lake View case...

Some state treasurer reports online

Feb 19, 2015 3:36pm

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan said last week his office has added a new section to its website where the public can view financial reports.

Thirteen reports were available by the end of...

Rapert: Use small-scale nukes against ISIS

Feb 19, 2015 3:08pm

An Arkansas state senator posted comments to Facebook over the weekend advocating the use of nuclear weapons against the Sunni militant group in Iraq and Syria that calls itself the Islamic State...

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...

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