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Budget bills sent off for final ink

posted: 05/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas General Assembly wrapped up action Thursday on the general-revenue budget for next fiscal year, and then Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that a special session on highway funding and other legislation will begin May 19.

Ryan no fan; Trump pivots to fundraising

posted: 05/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan is so far refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, insisting Thursday that the businessman must do more to help unify the party.

State Capitol news in brief

updated: 05/06/2016 2:59 a.m. Discuss

Workforce Servicesbill sent to governor

Study: Senate OKs few Obama picks

posted: 05/06/2016 2:55 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Since taking the reins of the Senate last year, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has striven to portray the upper house as "working again" under his Republican majority after years of partisan gridlock -- passing major legislation on transportation, Medicare, drug abuse and more.

Huckabee decries Trump naysayers

updated: 05/06/2016 2:47 a.m. Comment 1

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says Republicans should rally around New York businessman Donald Trump or consider leaving the party completely.

House Speaker Paul Ryan refuses to back Donald Trump

posted: 05/05/2016 4:07 p.m. Comments 5

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, insisting Thursday that the businessman must do more to unify the GOP.

Arkansas lawmakers approve $5.3B budget for coming year

posted: 05/05/2016 11:43 a.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to the state's $5.3 billion budget for the coming year and are now preparing for another session on highway funding.

Arkansas GOP says loyal will sign on to Trump bid

posted: 05/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 38

The state's Republican elected officials, who previously steered clear of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, will rally around the New York businessman now that he's the presumptive nominee, state party leaders predicted Wednesday.

House, Senate pass bills to budget state

posted: 05/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Bills prioritizing the distribution of $5.33 billion in general revenue in the coming fiscal year -- up from $5.19 billion in the current fiscal year -- zipped through the Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday after the Joint Budget Committee endorsed the measures.

Kasich's exit leaves Trump an open road

posted: 05/05/2016 4:10 a.m. Comments 3

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ended his presidential campaign Wednesday, leaving businessman Donald Trump as the GOP's presumptive nominee. Some reluctant Republicans began to rally around Trump, but others questioned their party's future.

House OKs funding for treasurer

updated: 05/05/2016 4:01 a.m. Discuss

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved an appropriation for the treasurer's office that would increase the maximum-authorized salary from $97,400 to $108,581 for senior investment manager Ed Garner and increase its spending authority by more than $300,000 to allow the purchase of a software program for the office's investment department.

State Capitol news in brief

posted: 05/05/2016 3:49 a.m. Discuss

Capitol Zoning bill, rider clear Senate The Senate on Wednesday narrowly approved an appropriation bill for the Capitol Zoning District Commission that was amended to allow any person aggrieved by any agency action to appeal to the director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Legislators cut award to family of Arkansas teen who had wrong part of brain removed

updated: 05/05/2016 12:42 p.m. Discuss

More than a decade after state doctors removed the wrong part of a teenager's brain, lawmakers quartered the amount of money originally awarded to the patient's family by a state panel.

Ohio Gov. Kasich ends bid for Republican nomination

updated: 05/04/2016 4:59 p.m. Comments 16

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The last man standing in Donald Trump's path to the Republican nomination, Ohio Gov. John Kasich ended his campaign Wednesday, making Trump the party's presumptive nominee.

Arkansas lawmakers give initial OK to $5.3B state budget

updated: 05/04/2016 3:16 p.m. Comments 2

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have given initial approval to the state's proposed $5.3 billion budget for the coming year, along with an effort to impose new limits on how welfare benefits are spent.

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