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Monday, December 22, 2014, 8:59 a.m.

Schools rethinking gifts to lawmakers

posted: 12/21/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Nearly two weeks after voters approved a constitutional amendment barring state elected officials from accepting certain gifts from lobbyists, a lobbyist for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville urged 33 lawmakers, who received free parking permits in October for football games, to consult their attorneys about the matter.

Circuit courts in Arkansas owed millions

posted: 12/21/2014 2:16 a.m. Comments 2

Millions of dollars in fines, costs and restitution from felony criminal cases are owed to circuit courts throughout Arkansas.

$1.1 million in awards sent back for review

posted: 12/20/2014 3:21 a.m. Discuss

The Legislative Council on Friday asked a subcommittee to reconsider its recommendations to award $600,000 to the family of a mentally disabled woman who died as a result of negligence at a state facility last year and $495,000 to a road construction company that blamed delays on interstate work on state highway officials.

Leaders picked for panel on raising officials' pay

posted: 12/19/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

The state's citizens commission considering raising the annual salaries of the state's elected officials Thursday elected former state Ethics Commissioner Larry Ross of Sherwood as its chairman and attorney Chuck Banks of Little Rock as its vice chairman.

Fee cut pitched for conceal-carry guns

updated: 12/19/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Legislators heard a plan Thursday to cut the application fee for Arkansans who want a conceal-carry gun license.

Report: State Web not best school option

posted: 12/18/2014 3:25 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas schools can reach Internet access goals without using or creating a statewide "backbone" network, according to a consultant's report presented to legislators Wednesday.

$4M paid for poor job, DHS concedes

posted: 12/17/2014 4:34 a.m. Comments 8

The Arkansas Department of Human Services paid an information-technology company more than $4 million for services it failed to perform, according to testimony at a legislative hearing Tuesday.

Money for crime victims at risk

posted: 12/17/2014 3:33 a.m. Discuss

A decades-old program to help violent-crime victims in Arkansas is on track to insolvency, according to the state's departing attorney general.

Improper spending found at HSU

posted: 12/17/2014 3:31 a.m. Comment 1

An investigative report issued Tuesday by the Arkansas Legislative Audit found multiple violations at the Center for Language Proficiency at Henderson State University, including excessive and inappropriate spending on items such as olive oil, steam irons, electronics, umbrellas and snack foods.

2 in House get behind extension unit money

posted: 12/14/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

House Speaker-designate Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, says boosting state funding for the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture is one of his top priorities in the legislative session that starts Jan. 12.

Legislators vote in 6 to lead 3 joint panels

posted: 12/10/2014 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas House members elected five Republicans and one Democrat to leadership positions for several joint committees Tuesday.

Water plan heads to Legislature

posted: 12/10/2014 3:36 a.m. Discuss

The state's second-ever water plan is off to the Legislature for review before final adoption, after a 6-2 vote Tuesday by the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and an hour of debate on a provision that would affect poultry farmers.

Arkansas House members select chairmen for 3 panels

posted: 12/09/2014 2:05 p.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas House members have selected chairmen for the powerful Budget and Audit committees, as well as Legislative Council, as they prepare for next year's legislative session.

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