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SEECO fined for ‘mineral trespass’ in county

Sep 10, 2015 4:49pm

Oil and gas company SEECO has agreed to pay $950,000 to the federal government to resolve allegations that it drilled into unleased, federally owned natural gas in Conway and Van Buren counties...

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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...

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...

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...

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....

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.


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