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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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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...

Neighbor serves up love

Feb 06, 2015 1:58pm

Brenda Miles, an award-winning columnist from Hot Springs Village, has written a serial on Valentine’s Day. The conclusion will appear in next week’s paper.

“Dear Diary, today we finished...

Panel recommends more money for legislators, judges

Feb 06, 2015 1:58pm

The state Independent Citizens Commission voted Monday to approve a report containing proposed raises for legislators, judges and most constitutional officers.

The report, which can be...

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...

Proposal would end private option

Jan 29, 2015 3:23pm

A bill filed Monday would end the Medicaid expansion program known as the private option at the end of this year.

Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, filed Senate Bill 144 four days...

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