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Governor puts disability group under state rule

updated: 07/31/2015 3:41 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday ordered that a state board that has operated independently for more than 43 years be placed under state supervision.

Web renewal of vehicle tags stuck at 14.4%

posted: 07/31/2015 2:25 a.m. Comments 4

About 14.4 percent of Arkansas' motor vehicle registration renewals are completed online each year and state officials want more Arkansans to register online, a state official told lawmakers on Thursday.

Rutledge: Solicitor general's job filled

posted: 07/31/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Lee Rudofsky, a Wal-Mart lawyer, will become Arkansas' solicitor general.

2 claim hotline system unfair

posted: 07/31/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Two lawmakers Thursday told a legislative committee that innocent parents have been the target of child abuse investigations and that many of them lack legal counsel as they fight to clear their names.

Council finalizing Common Core recommendations

posted: 07/30/2015 7:18 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK — A task force is finalizing its recommendations to Gov. Asa Hutchinson on whether Arkansas should continue using the Common Core education standards.

State's 2 back Senate ax for Planned Parenthood

updated: 07/30/2015 4:07 a.m. Comments 19

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton have signed on to a Senate effort to ban federal funds from Planned Parenthood after the release of several videos showing the organization's employees talking about using fetal remains for research.

Hopper plans bid for state Senate

posted: 07/30/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Lonoke County Justice of the Peace R.D. Hopper will challenge state Sen. Eddie Joe Williams of Cabot in the March 1 Republican primary, Hopper said Wednesday.

Griffin: State can customize education

updated: 07/29/2015 4:06 a.m. Comment 1

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin said Tuesday that policymakers should change the elements of the public school education standards that need changing and not worry about veering away from a nationally common set of math and literacy standards.

Dinner seen as due for re-brand

posted: 07/29/2015 3:25 a.m. Comments 7

The days are likely numbered for calling the state Democratic Party's largest annual fundraiser the "Jefferson-Jackson Dinner," party Chairman Vince Insalaco said Tuesday.

Washington County election officials expect ballooning costs in 2016

posted: 07/29/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Washington County's slate of elections next year could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the last election year, election officials said Tuesday.

Judge hears ex-hopefuls, state argue filing period

posted: 07/28/2015 4:16 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge heard arguments Monday on whether state law unconstitutionally makes it harder for independent candidates to get on election ballots than candidates from established parties.

LAY OF THE LAND HAS SHIFTED IN STATE'S LEGISLATURE: More farmers, fewer lawyers making laws

updated: 07/26/2015 4:07 a.m. Discuss

There are innumerable ways to ruin a farm.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Clinton finesses invitation to sing

updated: 07/26/2015 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Amid hundreds of questions about the economy and the presidential race during a nationwide Facebook question-and-answer session Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sidestepped an invitation to sing in Fayetteville.

Hutchinson named to security committee

posted: 07/26/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

The National Governors Association picked Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to be vice chairman of its Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, the group announced Saturday.

AG certifies title for initiated act

posted: 07/26/2015 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge recertified a changed ballot title for an initiated act that would amend Arkansas' campaign finance laws to require uniform reporting of independent campaign expenditures and the disclosure of donors to outside groups that spend more than $2,000 on political advertisements.

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