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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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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,...

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...

Christmas at Big Mamma’s Part 1 of 4

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

Joe Bill and Stella, Jimmy Ed and Martha Sue, Jerry Don and Lou, and Caleb and me arrived all during the morning of Christmas Eve. We all hugged and helped one another transport suitcases and...

Police to set up DWI checkpoints

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

City, county and state law enforcement agencies in Arkansas and across the nation will crack down on drunken driving over the coming holidays.

Agencies will step up enforcement efforts...

Ship early to avoid delays, extra cost

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

The holiday shopping season is here, and consumers looking to send gifts to loved ones are encouraged to send their packages early to ensure delivery by Christmas Day.

As the U.S. Postal...

Millions at stake in royalties lawsuit

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

More than $100 million generated by natural gas production in the Fayetteville Shale could be at stake in a class-action lawsuit that alleges an oil and gas company has been skimming money from...

Panel tweaks proposal for alternative schools

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

In a special meeting last week, the state Board of Education approved a second public-comment period for a proposed system of assigning A-F letter grades to public schools.

The grading...

Senator vows to continue fight for Better Chance program

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

LITTLE ROCK — A legislative panel last week rejected a state senator’s motion to approve appropriating an additional $16 million for Arkansas’ early childhood education program.

Sen. Joyce...

Agency’s payment to Black Caucus under question

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

A $1,500 payment that the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission made to the state Democratic Black Caucus appears to be a prohibited political contribution, according to an audit report presented...

Same-sex marriage could impact state’s economy

Dec 19, 2014 3:47pm

Economists are projecting a $24 million impact on the Arkansas economy if a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages is lifted in the state.

With an average cost of $22,364 on weddings in...

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