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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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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...

West Memphis tops dangerous cities’ list for state

Jan 08, 2015 12:24pm

What are the most dangerous cities in Arkansas? To find out homesecurityshield.org consulted the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report. Its rankings are based on the data publicly released each...

Schools may see boycott of Common Core-aligned tests

Jan 08, 2015 12:24pm

A group that opposes the Common Core State Standards is telling parents it is their right to boycott standardized tests aligned with Common Core — but officials in at least one Arkansas school...

Group says close down Booneville facility

Jan 08, 2015 12:23pm

The nonprofit advocacy group Disability Rights Arkansas issued a report Monday recommending closure of the Booneville Human Development Center.

The group said the center’s buildings are...

AG issues opinion on salary panel’s deadline

Jan 08, 2015 12:23pm

The newly created Independent Citizens Commission does not have to make any adjustments to elected state official’s salaries by Feb. 2, but it does if it wants to adjust them by more than 15...

Hutchinson names new DOC director

Jan 08, 2015 12:23pm

Gov.-Elect Asa Hutchinson on Monday named Wendy Kelley, currently chief deputy director of the state Department of Correction, as the agency’s next director.

Kelley has held her current...

New surgeon general for state named

Jan 08, 2015 12:23pm

Gov.-Elect Asa Hutchinson said last week he will appoint Dr. Greg Bledsoe, currently an official at an Alabama hospital, as the state’s next surgeon general.

Bledsoe also will join the...

Court makes state history with 4 female justices

Jan 08, 2015 12:21pm

Arkansas now has a majority-female Supreme Court for the first time in its history. Two of those judges have ties to Van Buren County.

Justice Karen Baker, sworn in Wednesday for her first...

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