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Beebe’s image captured for history

updated: 12/20/2014 3:23 a.m. Discuss

At the end of an eight-year run as governor and a decades-long role as a player in Natural State politics, Gov. Mike Beebe is leaving behind a lasting image of his time in office.

Leaders picked for panel on raising officials' pay

posted: 12/19/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

The state's citizens commission considering raising the annual salaries of the state's elected officials Thursday elected former state Ethics Commissioner Larry Ross of Sherwood as its chairman and attorney Chuck Banks of Little Rock as its vice chairman.

Panel on officials' pay holds first meeting

updated: 12/18/2014 12:57 p.m. Comment 1

Members of a newly formed panel say they're unlikely to say whether Arkansas' elected officials deserve a pay raise in an initial review that's due in less than two months.

Agencies' directors changing

posted: 12/18/2014 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson selected state Rep. Allen Kerr, R-Little Rock, as the state's next insurance commissioner and Brig. Gen. Mark Berry as the next adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard on Wednesday.

Energy panel seat, by vote, Honorable's

posted: 12/17/2014 4:28 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Public Service Commission Chairman Colette Honorable was confirmed to a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday.

Boozman in line to lead 3 Senate subpanels

posted: 12/17/2014 4:22 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' soon-to-be senior senator, John Boozman, is expecting to lead three subcommittees when the new Congress convenes after the first of the year, he said Tuesday.

Beebe to get honorary degree

posted: 12/17/2014 3:20 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Mike Beebe will receive an honorary degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville at the school's commencement ceremony Saturday, the university announced earlier this month.

Griffin casts last vote in Congress

posted: 12/14/2014 3:17 a.m. Comment 1

As the U.S. House rushed to finish its work Thursday night, 4-year-old John Griffin III took to the floor and cast his father's final vote before leaving Washington.

2 in House get behind extension unit money

posted: 12/14/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

House Speaker-designate Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, says boosting state funding for the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture is one of his top priorities in the legislative session that starts Jan. 12.

State concerns aboard, 2 help pass defense bill

updated: 12/13/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Both Arkansas U.S. senators supported a defense-funding bill Friday that paves the way for two soldiers shot at a Little Rock military recruiting station to receive Purple Hearts and also helps create a national memorial to Desert Storm veterans.

Provision of bill on U.S. spending shields veterans

posted: 12/11/2014 4:05 a.m. Discuss

Included in the government spending bill making its way through the House and Senate is a provision co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. John Boozman that shields the Veterans Benefits Administration from government shutdowns and budget battles.

Arkansan's nomination stalls in Senate panel

posted: 12/11/2014 4:04 a.m. Discuss

Despite efforts to get the federal nomination of Arkansan Colette Honorable approved by the end of the year, too few senators attended a meeting to vote on it Wednesday morning.

Events set to mark Hutchinson oath

posted: 12/11/2014 3:32 a.m. Discuss

Asa Hutchinson's office released a list of events Wednesday for Hutchinson's inauguration as the 46th governor of Arkansas.

New AG adds two to executive staff

posted: 12/11/2014 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Less than a month before taking office, the state's next attorney general announced Wednesday a pair of hires for her executive staff.

Beebe says he's still opposed to gay marriage

posted: 12/10/2014 12:53 p.m. Comments 6

LITTLE ROCK — Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday that he remains opposed to allowing gay couples to marry despite recent rulings against his state's ban, but said he's eased his opposition to allowing them to enter into civil unions.


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