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Governor seeks middle ground on private option

Aug 27, 2015 1:41pm

As he did in the first health-care speech of his administration in January, Gov. Asa Hutchinson last week stated a position on the private option that occupies a middle ground between maintaining...

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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...

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...

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...

House Call

Dec 31, 2014 3:16pm

Q: My eyes have been dry and irritated. Can that be related to an antihistamine I’m taking?

A: There could be a connection between the antihistamines and your dry eye problems. Dry eye...

Report: State ranks last in handling infectious disease outbreaks

Dec 31, 2014 3:16pm

WASHINGTON — Arkansas ranked last in the nation for its ability to handle outbreaks of severe infectious diseases, according to a report released last week by a nonprofit health advocacy group....

Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, is co-sponsoring The Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2105. (Arkansas News Bureau file photo)

Tax cuts, scholarships may be considered by Legislature

Dec 31, 2014 3:15pm

Measures to cut state income taxes, change the way lottery scholarships are awarded and give legislators rule-making authority over state courts are among the bills Arkansas legislators have filed...

Jan. 29 is deadline for SBA disaster loans

Dec 31, 2014 3:15pm

Jan. 29, 2015, is the deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred on April 27, 2014.

These...

Lottery panel OKs extending vendor contract

Dec 31, 2014 3:15pm

The state Lottery Commission voted Monday to approve a three-year extension of the lottery’s contract with vendor Intralot in exchange for a fee reduction.

In 2009, the lottery entered into...

FOIA exemption law takes effect this week

Dec 31, 2014 3:15pm

Starting Thursday, Arkansas law enforcement agencies will be required to redact the names and addresses of children under age 18 from accident and police reports released to the public.

The...

Lawmaker eyes challenge to Common Core

Dec 24, 2014 2:31pm

After surviving an effort this year to defund them, the Common Core State Standards may come under attack again in the legislative session that begins in January.

Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-...

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