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Governor grants pardons

Oct 23, 2014 3:58pm

Gov. Mike Beebe last week announced his intent to grant 17 pardons, including those of two county men. An additional 43 clemency requests were denied and 18 had no action taken upon them. These...

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Pryor, Cotton take on veterans’ issues

Jul 31, 2014 4:31pm

With the Department of Veterans Affairs in a state of turmoil amid the resignation of its former secretary, Arkansas’ two U.S. Senate candidates on Saturday touted their credentials to be...

Report: Arkansas 41st in child well-being

Jul 24, 2014 10:56pm

An annual report ranks Arkansas 41st in the nation in the overall well-being of its children, down from 40th last year, and shows that child poverty has increased in the state, although gains have...

National park visitors spend $1.4 million in 2013

Jul 24, 2014 10:55pm

Arkansas’ national parks welcomed 2.78 million visitors who spent $1.4 million in the state in 2013, the National Park Service said in a report released Friday.

The 2013 National Park...

Prison-building on tap for General Assembly

Jul 24, 2014 10:55pm

LITTLE ROCK — To build or not to build?

That’s a question the next governor and General Assembly will face in considering how to address the state’s prison overcrowding problem. State...

Inmates sleep on the floor July 11, 2014, at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center in Pine Bluff as the jail deals with an overflow of state prisoners waiting for beds in state facilities. (Pine Bluff Commercial file photo)

Board OKs leasing space to house inmates

Jul 24, 2014 10:55pm

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Board of Correction on Monday approved an agreement with Pulaski County to begin leasing space in an effort to reduce a backlog of state prisoners in county jails.

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David Sanders said he will file a bill in the 2015 session to authorize application for an “innovation waiver.”

Senator to pursue new waiver for health care innovation

Jul 17, 2014 10:35am

A state senator says he plans to file legislation next year that would authorize Arkansas to seek a federal waiver to allow innovations on health care coverage that could go far beyond what the...

Review sought for academic-distress rules for alternative schools

Jul 17, 2014 10:33am

The state Board of Education on Thursday approved academic-distress status for 26 Arkansas schools but chose to postpone a decision on six alternative schools, saying accountability standards for...

Legalized marijuana push falls short

Jul 10, 2014 4:54pm

Supporters of legalized medical marijuana in Arkansas said Monday they lacked enough signatures to make the November election ballot, but plan to try again in 2016.

“We got about 80 percent...

Teachers give low marks to parts of insurance plan

Jul 10, 2014 4:43pm

Organizations that lobby on behalf of Arkansas public school teachers say they are glad the Legislature and the governor took up the issue of rising health insurance costs in last week’s special...

Avoid being bait for phishing

Jul 10, 2014 4:14pm

Online retailer and merchant eBay recently announced that personal information including email addresses of more than 145 million users had been stolen from the company’s databases in a...

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