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Monday, September 15, 2014, 8:05 p.m.

Legislators back proposals on human trafficking

posted: 09/11/2014 5:18 a.m. Discuss

Legislators backed proposals for greater education, training, and coordination among social-service providers and law enforcement agencies Wednesday morning.

Wage increase OK'd for ballot

posted: 09/04/2014 5:02 a.m. Comments 10

An initiated act seeking to raise the state's minimum wage will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, election officials announced Wednesday.

Lawmakers balk at $600,000 more for patient-coordinating firm

posted: 09/04/2014 4:09 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel Wednesday declined to sign off on adding $600,000 to a contract with a company that helps doctors improve how they coordinate patient care.

Ingram, Hickey offer plan to abolish lieutenant governor's office

posted: 08/14/2014 11:13 a.m. Comments 8

Two Arkansas senators are planning to lead a “bipartisan effort” to get rid of the office of lieutenant governor when the legislature convenes in January.

19 proposals in report on human trafficking

posted: 08/14/2014 4:08 a.m. Discuss

The state should provide funding to train law enforcement agencies and others in fighting human trafficking and create a board to focus on the issue, according to the final report from the attorney general's task force on human trafficking.

2 panels opposing EPA rule

posted: 08/13/2014 4:17 a.m. Comments 2

Two legislative committees Tuesday declared their opposition to a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

High-speed Net for schools 4 years away, legislators told

posted: 08/13/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas is poised to make the transition to high speed broadband Internet in every school district in less than four years, a consultant told legislators at a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education committees Tuesday.

State OKs 2nd survey of schools' Web access

posted: 08/09/2014 2:56 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislature will send a consultant to every school district in the state to conduct a more comprehensive and updated survey of schools' high-speed Internet connection needs.

For wrongly convicted, no state payout

posted: 07/28/2014 3:54 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas is one of 20 states without a law providing compensation to people who are wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.

Statewide mandate advised for upgrade of 911 systems

posted: 07/17/2014 3:52 a.m. Discuss

Updates to emergency communication centers to allow for 911 texting will likely limit information-sharing among jurisdictions unless Arkansas requires statewide compliance, the chairman of the state's Emergency Telecommunications Service Board said Wednesday.

Legislative panel rejects $460,000 for ex-inmate

posted: 07/09/2014 4:46 a.m. Comments 2

A legislative subcommittee Tuesday rejected a $460,000 Claims Commission award to a former Clark County man who served more than 11 years in prison before a special prosecutor dropped the charges against him.

Lottery's oversight too loose, some say

posted: 07/06/2014 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

Now that the Legislature has passed a bill imposing a temporary ban on the Arkansas lottery offering electronic monitor games, some lawmakers say they want to explore whether to restructure the lottery and make it part of a state agency that works for the governor.

Job training moves up on state agenda

posted: 07/05/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Political leaders from both parties are talking about workforce training and say it'll be a priority when the General Assembly convenes early next year.

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