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Legislators slam brakes on lottery's ad contract

updated: 01/19/2017 4:04 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's proposed five-year, $34.5 million advertising, marketing and public relations contract with CJRW is in limbo.

Tax-cut plan clears Senate panel

updated: 01/19/2017 3:59 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's legislation to cut individual income-tax rates for Arkansans with taxable incomes below $21,000 sailed through the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Wednesday.

NLR Timex unit will close, 64 jobs go

posted: 01/19/2017 3:58 a.m. Discuss

Timex Group will close its North Little Rock distribution center by the end of 2017, the company said Wednesday.

McDaniel defends EPA nominee

updated: 01/19/2017 3:56 a.m. Discuss

Former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, a Democrat, defended the record of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a Republican who is President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Chief picked for Natural Heritage Commission

posted: 01/19/2017 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Darrell Bowman, interim director of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, has been named the director, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst said Wednesday.

State Capitol briefs

updated: 01/19/2017 3:42 a.m. Discuss

Senate panel backs 2 medical-'pot' bills

3rd candidate runs to lead Democrats

posted: 01/19/2017 3:40 a.m. Discuss

A third candidate has entered the race to become the next leader of the state's Democratic Party.

Road agency, Bryant team for I-30 work

posted: 01/19/2017 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Bryant is getting a second interchange, prompted by the Saline County city's population growth and accompanying development.

LR school chief gets earful on cuts

posted: 01/19/2017 3:26 a.m. Discuss

Parents of pupils at Little Rock's Franklin Elementary and neighbors to the school turned out Wednesday to question and fight proposals by district leaders to close Franklin and other campuses next school year as a way to cut expenses.

Man gets 35 years in killing

posted: 01/19/2017 3:26 a.m. Discuss

A 23-year-old Little Rock man accepted a 35-year prison sentence Tuesday for fatally shooting a man during an ambush-robbery more than a year ago.

LR man gets 21 months for falsely claiming disability

posted: 01/19/2017 3:24 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock man who federal agents said operated a strip club and brothel out of his Wolfe Street home was sentenced Wednesday to nearly two years in prison for making a false statement to the Social Security Administration.

Erosion, feral hogs pose concern on river

posted: 01/19/2017 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Erosion along the banks of the Buffalo National River and problems associated with feral hogs were among the primary concerns voiced this week during the first meeting of the governor-commissioned Beautiful Buffalo River Action Committee.

June 12 trial set for former officer in LR rights case

posted: 01/19/2017 3:22 a.m. Discuss

A June 12 trial date was set Wednesday in a civil-rights case in which a former Little Rock police officer is accused of using excessive force during an off-duty arrest outside a restaurant in the city's Hillcrest neighborhood in 2011.

Ward pastor faces solicitation charge

posted: 01/19/2017 3:21 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas pastor and probation officer has been arrested on a charge of solicitation of prostitution, authorities said.

Won't charge fired deputy in sex case, prosecutor says

posted: 01/19/2017 3:20 a.m. Discuss

Prosecutors will not file charges against a former Benton County sheriff's deputy who was fired and later arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate.

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