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Panel backs $1.3M request to fill driller-tax gap

posted: 10/15/2015 3:10 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel Tuesday signed off on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request for $1.3 million in rainy-day funds for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to help 10 counties fix roads and bridges damaged by the natural gas industry in the Fayetteville Shale.

Two former lawmakers seek House seat

posted: 10/09/2015 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Two former Arkansas lawmakers will duel in the Republican primary for the Arkansas House of Representatives seat held by Rep. Julie Mayberry, R-East End.

Consultants: State health plan should move people upward

updated: 10/07/2015 1:51 p.m. Comments 12

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Consultants are telling Arkansas legislators that the state's private option Medicaid system should move a recipient "upward on a ladder of opportunity."

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.




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