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Republicans fighting to hang onto Senate in 2016

posted: 12/21/2014 9:35 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON — Senate majority in hand, ascendant Republicans are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill come January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP right back into the minority.

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.

After turbulent year, Obama aims for quiet Hawaii getaway

posted: 12/20/2014 10:34 a.m. Discuss

KAILUA, Hawaii — A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet.

Beebe’s image captured for history

updated: 12/20/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

At the end of an eight-year run as governor and a decades-long role as a player in Natural State politics, Gov. Mike Beebe is leaving behind a lasting image of his time in office.

$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.

Obama declares 2014 'a breakthrough year for America'

posted: 12/19/2014 1:19 p.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress.

Speaker invites Obama for State of the Union

posted: 12/19/2014 9:18 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON — Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

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.

Panel on officials' pay holds first meeting

updated: 12/18/2014 12:57 p.m. Comment 1

Members of a newly formed panel say they're unlikely to say whether Arkansas' elected officials deserve a pay raise in an initial review that's due in less than two months.

McConnell pledges fight on coal rules

posted: 12/18/2014 3:53 a.m. Comment 1

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal-plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" has devastated his state's economy.

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.

Agencies' directors changing

posted: 12/18/2014 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson selected state Rep. Allen Kerr, R-Little Rock, as the state's next insurance commissioner and Brig. Gen. Mark Berry as the next adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard on 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.

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