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WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Cotton near top in 10-mile race

updated: 04/19/2015 2:37 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Dardanelle, finished in the top 2.5 percent of runners in one of the first major Washington races of the year.

Governor's appointments

posted: 04/19/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

The office of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday released a list of appointments to various boards, commissions and other posts:

30-day grace vexes state's ethics panel

posted: 04/18/2015 2:46 a.m. Comments 4

Arkansas Ethics Commission members are perplexed about how to administer a new law that restricts their ability to investigate elected officials who accept gifts from lobbyists.

Rogers lawyer picked for seat on ethics panel

updated: 04/18/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Attorney Tony Juneau of Rogers is the newest member of the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

Huckabee to announce 2016 plans on May 5

updated: 04/17/2015 5:26 p.m. Comments 14

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced when he will announce whether he plans to launch a 2016 presidential campaign or not on May 5 in Hope, his spokesman confirmed via social media.

Prosecutors ask pay panel to increase salaries

posted: 04/16/2015 10:40 a.m. Comments 9

Arkansas' prosecuting attorneys asked the state's Independent Citizens Commission to raise their pay by more than 23 percent, a bump that would make their annual salaries the equivalent of 95 percent of what circuit judges are paid.

Pay panel looks at raises for prosecutors

posted: 04/16/2015 7:17 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — An independent committee that was formed to review Arkansas elected officials' salaries is beginning to look at whether the state's prosecutors deserve a pay raise.

1-candidate election nets 110 ballots

posted: 04/16/2015 4:09 a.m. Discuss

Taxpayers spent more than $130 per vote in a special election this week in which only one candidate was on the ballot; lawmakers hope a proposed constitutional amendment will allow Arkansas to avert similar uncontested elections in future years.

Governor likes March presidential primary

updated: 04/15/2015 3:46 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson supports legislation that would shift Arkansas' presidential primary election from May to March, and he would support such a bill in a future special session, a spokesman for Hutchinson said Tuesday.

Boozman, Cotton cheer Iran bill

updated: 04/15/2015 3:23 a.m. Comments 5

Arkansas' U.S. senators Tuesday said they support legislation ensuring Congress gets a say on negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

Bill on Medicare money to doctors clears Senate

posted: 04/15/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

The Senate on Tuesday evening passed and sent to President Barack Obama legislation to avert a pay cut for doctors who treat Medicare patients, just hours before reductions would start affecting physicians.

House speaker sets eye on back-to-back tenures

posted: 04/12/2015 2:59 a.m. Comment 1

The speaker of the Arkansas House is seeking a second-consecutive term in the post and, if successful, would be only the fourth person in state history to pull off such a feat.

Jokes in files given to UA by Bumpers

updated: 04/12/2015 2:56 a.m. Comments 2

Tiny towns and talking dogs were topics of jokes for former U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers.

No urgent need for anti-discrimination order, Hutchinson says

posted: 04/09/2015 11:29 a.m. Comments 8

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he doesn't see an urgent need for an executive order extending anti-discrimination workplace protections to gay state employees after lawmakers approved a reworked religious objections bill.

Hutchinson: Special session likely on Medicaid plan

updated: 04/09/2015 12:18 p.m. Comments 7

LITTLE ROCK — A special session will likely be needed to take up the future of Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday, warning that he doesn't want the new program to mimic what's already in place.

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