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More candidates seek House seats

posted: 10/03/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Hot Springs Republicans Les Warren and Richard Midkiff said Friday that they're vying for the state House seat held by departing Hot Springs Democrat John Vines.

False abuse claims grave, parents say

posted: 10/02/2015 5:55 a.m. Comments 2

Lawmakers told state social workers Thursday that they think the system used to investigate child abuse and maltreatment is broken.

Tours take legislators back to state's schools

posted: 09/28/2015 4:19 a.m. Discuss

BENTON -- Arkansas lawmakers are taking their questions about education to the source -- teachers.

Arkansas House Democrats elect new minority leader

posted: 09/25/2015 3:01 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Democratic State Rep. Michael John Gray of Augusta has been elected the party's minority leader in the state House.

State Crime Lab examiner hiring gets panel's OK

posted: 09/24/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel on Wednesday endorsed the state Crime Laboratory's request to offer a $188,203 annual salary for an associate medical examiner in Florida to take a similar job in Arkansas.

Panel OKs $1M for Children and Family Services caseworkers

updated: 09/23/2015 4:09 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative panel on Tuesday signed off on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request to transfer $1.05 million in rainy-day funds to hire 40 more employees for the Division of Children and Family Services.

Panel OKs audit of prison farms

posted: 09/18/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel Thursday signed off on a request by state Sen. Eddie Joe Williams for the Arkansas Legislative Audit to conduct a special review of the state Department of Correction's farm program.

Panel subpoenas U.S. official

posted: 09/17/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee voted Wednesday to subpoena a federal official to testify about the rocky implementation of Arkansas' Medicaid eligibility and enrollment system.

State legislator Vines won't seek re-election

posted: 09/17/2015 3:09 a.m. Discuss

State Rep. Jon Vines, D-Hot Springs, said Wednesday that he won't seek re-election next year because he wants to spend more time on his law practice.

Student gap no narrower, legislators told

posted: 09/16/2015 4:56 a.m. Comments 6

After reviewing data on the academic achievement gap in Arkansas schools and analyzing the $210 million in annual spending to fix the problem, lawmakers Tuesday said they could not find evidence that state and local interventions are achieving measurable results.

Lawmaker: Hold off on vendor request for insurance exchange

posted: 09/15/2015 12:19 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — A state legislator is asking a panel to hold off on looking at vendors for Arkansas' insurance exchange as lawmakers weigh the future of the state's Medicaid expansion and health care system.

Prisoner's lost Reeboks his own fault, legislative panel rules

posted: 09/15/2015 5:03 a.m. Comments 17

An inmate seeking a new pair of sneakers was one of several state prisoners to have his request shot down by lawmakers during their review of claims made against the state.

Won't run to retain seat, legislator says

posted: 09/15/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Rep. Kelley Linck, a Flippin Republican who chairs the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee, said Monday that he's not seeking re-election because he's looking for a new "opportunity."




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