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Highways plan tied to earnings down the road

posted: 05/29/2016 3:51 a.m. Comments 6

The Legislature and Gov. Asa Hutchinson are relying on the state treasurer’s improved earnings on roughly $3 billion in investments to help generate more money for the state’s highway program and to help pay for a long-term reserve fund for use in economic downturns.

Washington news in brief

updated: 05/29/2016 3:19 a.m. Discuss

In San Diego visit, Hill tours border Second District U.S. Rep. French Hill toured the nation's southern border last weekend, traveling to San Diego and observing the frontier between California and Mexico.

House again favors Westerman's forest-management bill

posted: 05/29/2016 3 a.m. Discuss

An Arkansas lawmaker's legislation that would overhaul national forest management passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last week, the second time in less than a year that the measure has received congressional approval.

Democrats' dinner to shed Jefferson, Jackson

posted: 05/27/2016 2:35 a.m. Comments 11

The state Democratic Party announced Thursday that it will change the name of its annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner, saying it wants a title that is more reflective of today's statewide political body.

Arkansas Democrats dropping Jefferson, Jackson names from dinner

posted: 05/26/2016 1:11 p.m. Comments 8

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Democratic Party is joining a list of states dropping Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson's names from their biggest annual fundraiser and has formed a committee to come up with a new name.

Defense-bill stall riles Cotton

updated: 05/26/2016 3:53 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton denounced the Senate's top Democrat on Wednesday for delaying debate on defense-policy legislation, calling Harry Reid's leadership "cancerous" and accusing him of holding up the $602 billion bill to preserve his "sad, sorry legacy."

In 5 counties, ballot systems set for update

posted: 05/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Secretary of State Mark Martin will provide an estimated $2.1 million worth of new voting equipment to five counties, his office announced Tuesday.

Rogers ex-city attorney rebuked, fined

posted: 05/25/2016 3:24 a.m. Discuss

A former Rogers city attorney received $500,000 in salary and benefits even though he was not legally entitled to it because he no longer lived in the city, according to findings of the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct.

Hutchinson: Mansion shift Legislature's

posted: 05/24/2016 6:45 a.m. Comments 3

Legislation to give the governor more control over his home was driven by lawmakers, the governor's spokesman said Monday.

Hutchinson puts his pen to roads plan

updated: 05/24/2016 6:48 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday signed into law his highway funding bill, after the Arkansas Senate advanced it to him on the final day of a brief special session.

Cyber unit still in plans at air base

updated: 05/24/2016 6:45 a.m. Discuss

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James notified Arkansas' congressional delegation last week that the National Guard would maintain a specialized facility at Little Rock Air Force Base for possible use by one of the Guard's coveted cyber-protection teams.

Senate vote on highway bill

updated: 05/24/2016 6:45 a.m. Discuss

YEA (21) Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers

State legislature news in brief

posted: 05/24/2016 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Editor’s note: Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday signed all of the legislation passed in this special session, according to his staff.

Repeal fiscal sessions, Northwest Arkansas lawmakers say

posted: 05/24/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

SILOAM SPRINGS -- Voters should repeal the bi-annual fiscal sessions of the state Legislature and he'll propose a constitutional amendment to do that, the state Senate majority leader said Monday.

Sebastian County seeks to raise fee

posted: 05/23/2016 2:51 a.m. Discuss

FORT SMITH -- The Sebastian County Quorum Court is calling residents to the polls in August to vote on whether to nearly quadruple the fee they pay on personal property tax bills for emergency medical services each year.

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