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Bid to rein poor now part of Arkansas bill

posted: 05/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Legislation that would require the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to seek a waiver from the federal government to restrict the use of financial assistance paid to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients cleared the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday.

Goodson lent her chief bid $660,700

posted: 05/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

In her failed effort to become the next chief justice, Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson ended up lending her campaign a total of $660,700, including nearly $20,000 in the month after she lost the March 1 election.

Two party chiefs see eye to eye on Medicaid policy

posted: 05/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The leader of the state's Republican Party, which has vaulted to political dominance in Arkansas in part by its members campaigning against national Democratic issues like the health care law, said Arkansas benefits greatly from its politically contentious Medicaid expansion program.

Funds to update campaign-gift filing sail in House

updated: 05/04/2016 3:49 a.m. Discuss

An appropriation bill to pay for upgrading the state's online campaign-finance reporting system passed the House on Tuesday and will advance to the Senate.

Capitol-zoning appeal process advances

posted: 05/04/2016 3:48 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday endorsed a proposal to allow any person aggrieved by any rule, regulation, decision or order of the Capitol Zoning District Commission to appeal to the director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Panel endorses $250,000 settlement over veteran who died while nurse ate lunch

posted: 05/03/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee endorsed a $250,000 settlement with the state's veterans department over a World War II veteran who died while his nurse went to eat her lunch.

Lawmakers see $5.3B budget, get set for votes

posted: 05/03/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The state's general revenue budget would increase by $142.7 million to $5.33 billion in fiscal 2017 under a proposal agreed upon by legislative leaders and Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Hutchinson's office to lose chief of staff

posted: 05/03/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's chief of staff, Michael Lamoureux, is departing the governor's office at the end of this month for the private sector, Lamoureux said Monday.

Voting center sought at UA

posted: 05/03/2016 2:37 a.m. Discuss

FAYETTEVILLE -- Students at the University of Arkansas want an early voting center on campus, sophomore Ryann Alonso said.

State Republicans convene, select 12 to go to Cleveland

updated: 05/01/2016 4:39 a.m. Comment 1

Hundreds of Arkansas Republicans in four cities gathered Saturday morning to elect 12 delegates for their party's presidential nominating convention in Cleveland.

Budget, then can go home, legislators say

updated: 05/01/2016 4:31 a.m. Comments 2

Arkansas legislative leaders hope to pass a fiscal 2017 general-revenue budget and wrap up action in the state's fourth-ever fiscal session by the end of this week.

Washington news in brief

updated: 05/01/2016 3:33 a.m. Discuss

Rice farmer writes: Embrace Cuba trade WASHINGTON -- Dow Brantley, chairman of USA Rice and the Arkansas Rice Federation, used the editorial pages of an influential Capitol Hill newspaper Tuesday to call for an end to Cold War-era restrictions on trade with Cuba.

Scott to take VA health care post

posted: 04/30/2016 4:57 a.m. Comment 1

A physician who temporarily headed the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System for more than a year was named Friday as its first permanent director since 2014 in a move one congressman called "a first step" toward the health system regaining the public's trust.

Proposal would boost local perks to land jobs

updated: 05/02/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

Local economic development organizations have grown in size and prominence in Arkansas, spending millions of dollars raised through sales taxes to influence where new jobs land.

InvestArk vies with roads in industrial-lure debate

updated: 04/30/2016 4:15 a.m. Discuss

A proposed constitutional amendment that expands the amount of money the state can spend on incentives for major companies and clarifies what local governments can do to help comes as Gov. Asa Hutchinson considers eliminating or changing InvestArk, one of the state's largest industrial incentives, to pay for highway improvements.

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