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Governor let clock run on 13 now-laws

posted: 04/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson let 13 bills become law without his signature during this year’s regular legislative session. The bills range from one authorizing the creation of an industrial hemp research program to another barring cities from naming airports after living elected government officials if those airports receive public funds.

After execution, governor weighs a clemency bid

updated: 04/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined a long list of predecessors as he oversaw Arkansas' first execution in more than 11 years.

Washington news in brief

updated: 04/23/2017 3:01 a.m. Discuss

Disaster planning subject of seminar

Arkansas House leader not expecting online tax bill

posted: 04/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam said Thursday he doesn't expect Gov. Asa Hutchinson to include in his agenda for next month's special legislative session a proposal to persuade out-of-state retailers to collect taxes on their sales to Arkansans.

Cotton says he, Trump in touch on weekly basis

posted: 04/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton is in frequent contact with President Donald Trump, offering personnel advice and policy recommendations, the lawmaker told a Little Rock audience Wednesday.

Trump growing into presidency, Boozman says

posted: 04/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

President Donald Trump's performance has been "mixed" during his first three months in the White House, U.S. Sen. John Boozman said Wednesday.

For state race, hopeful raises $19,775 so far

posted: 04/20/2017 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Secretary of state candidate John Thurston raised $4,850 in campaign contributions and spent $1,443 last quarter, Thurston reported Wednesday.

Arkansas legislator accepts picketing-bill veto

posted: 04/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Sen. Trent Garner said he won't ask the Legislature to override Gov. Asa Hutchinson's veto of the El Dorado Republican's legislation that would create the misdemeanor offense of unlawful mass picketing.

Resolution from Little Rock board urges Legislature to act on online sales tax

posted: 04/19/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Little Rock's elected officials continued their push to get state lawmakers to approve measures that would allow for online sales tax collection by passing a resolution Tuesday night.

Law hits 60,000 truckers

posted: 04/19/2017 3:43 a.m. Discuss

About 60,000 truck drivers licensed in Arkansas will be required to complete a human trafficking prevention course under legislation enacted in this year's regular session, state officials said Tuesday.

Cotton, Hill take questions from scrappy crowd in Little Rock

posted: 04/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 9

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and U.S. Rep. French Hill faced an emotional crowd of 1,000 people Monday at a joint town-hall-style meeting in Little Rock where the two Republicans fielded questions about a range of issues, including President Donald Trump's decision to bomb a Syrian air base and the House's vote on health care.

Cotton interview set at music hall

posted: 04/18/2017 3:02 a.m. Discuss

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service dean is moving his interview of U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton to a bigger venue.

Report shows Hutchinson campaign with $695,985

posted: 04/18/2017 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson raised more than $490,000 in campaign contributions during the last quarter and had more than $690,000 in the bank at the end of last month, according to his latest campaign finance reports filed Monday.

Little Rock leaders pushing for online-sales law

posted: 04/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Little Rock elected officials aren’t giving up on the possibility of state lawmakers fixing an online sales tax-collection gap that leaders have said results in the loss of millions of dollars of revenue for cities, counties and the state each year.

Democrats look to field strong candidates for Congress in '18

posted: 04/17/2017 2:39 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Hoping for a tidal wave of anti-Trump votes in 2018, Democrats say they are working hard to line up strong candidates to run for Congress.

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