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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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Gov. Asa Hutchinson talks with reporters last week. (Photo by John Lyon)

Governor set to present budget proposal

Jan 22, 2015 12:39pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said last week he will unveil his budget plan this week, an announcement that legislative leaders welcomed as they prepared to move quickly on the governor’s proposed middle-...

Legislators have questions as session enters 2nd week

Jan 22, 2015 12:38pm

When Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveiled his proposed income tax cut during the first week of the legislative session, lawmakers greeted it with questions — questions they hope to see answered in the...

Bill seeks to allow guns on campus

Jan 22, 2015 12:38pm

The sponsor of a 2013 law that allowed faculty and staff at colleges and universities to carry concealed handguns on campus, unless the institutions opt out, wants to do away with the opt-out...

UA chancellor to step down this summer

Jan 15, 2015 5:17pm

FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart will step down as chancellor on July 31, the university said Monday.

Gearhart plans to take some time off, then return to...

Legislature.jpg With his dad Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, standing by, Sawyer Dismang, 5, leads the Arkansas Senate in prayer Monday as the legislative session begins. (Photo by John Lyon)

Arkansas Legislature back in session

Jan 15, 2015 5:17pm

The Arkansas House and Senate convened Monday for the opening day of a session in which lawmakers face decisions on tax cuts and the Medicaid expansion program known as the private option.

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Report gives state C- in education

Jan 15, 2015 5:17pm

Arkansas’ public education system is ranked 36th in the nation and receives a grade of C-minus in the 2015 Quality Counts report by Education Week.

The reports also places Arkansas among the...

Pay attorney general more, McDaniel urges

Jan 15, 2015 5:17pm

Former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel recommended Monday that the attorney general’s annual salary be raised from $73,132 to at least $165,000.

McDaniel, who was barred by term limits from...

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Maggio pleads guilty to taking bribe

Jan 15, 2015 5:17pm

Former circuit judge Mike Maggio of Conway pleaded guilty Friday to accepting a bribe in exchange for reducing a verdict against a nursing home owned by a Fort Smith businessman.

Maggio, 53...

Hutchinson makes appointments

Jan 15, 2015 5:17pm

On the eve of his inauguration as governor, Asa Hutchinson named Leon Jones Jr. as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Labor and Charisse Childers as the new director of the Arkansas...

State revenues for December exceed forecast

Jan 08, 2015 12:24pm

Arkansas revenues for December were up 2.3 percent compared to a year ago and 4.2 percent above forecast, the state’s fiscal office said Monday.

Net available general revenues last month...

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