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Bill to shift health funds to highways

updated: 05/25/2015 3:30 a.m. Comments 9

Legislation filed by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman would cut the amount states receive for their expanded Medicaid enrollment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and shift some of the money to road construction.

Lockheed aid will pay off, study predicts

posted: 05/23/2015 3:23 a.m. Comment 1

If the Arkansas Legislature approves an $87.1 million aid package for a defense contractor with a facility in Camden, the state will recoup the money -- plus an additional $16.3 million in revenue over the next 25 years, according to a cost-benefit analysis released late Friday afternoon.

Treasurer settles for $30,000 in ex-worker's civil-rights suit

posted: 05/23/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

The state's treasurer has opted to settle a federal lawsuit filed against him by a former employee from his time as the Saline County clerk.

For project, governor seeking $87.1M bond

updated: 05/21/2015 4:15 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that he is seeking the Arkansas Legislature's approval next week for an $87.1 million bond issue to help Lockheed Martin compete for a federal defense contract in Camden.

Agency mergers aim for $10M in savings

posted: 05/22/2015 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that his proposal to merge four small state agencies into three other larger agencies could save taxpayers about $10 million over five years.

State reviews grant to sister of ex-legislator

posted: 05/22/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that it is too early to tell if the former head of a state agency broke any laws in helping a family member get government funding to opt into the same multilevel marketing company in which the former official is a senior vice president.

Hutchinson details special session project, efficiency plan

updated: 05/21/2015 11:42 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday confirmed he will ask legislators to approve an $87 million bond issue in an effort to secure a defense contract for Lockheed Martin in south Arkansas.

Hutchinson calls session, states topics

updated: 05/21/2015 4:04 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday night signed a proclamation calling lawmakers to a special session starting Tuesday to consider authorizing a bond issue to lure a defense contract to south Arkansas, shift the state's presidential and other primary elections from May to March and merge four agencies into other agencies.

Hutchinson sets special-session agenda

updated: 05/20/2015 2:31 p.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has officially called for a special session for the 90th General Assembly to start next Tuesday.

40 protest sway of campaign cash

posted: 05/20/2015 3:16 a.m. Discuss

About 40 activists took to the Capitol steps to protest the growing influence of money in political races and drum up support for a proposed initiated act.

Rutledge is taking AG office on road

posted: 05/20/2015 3:09 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas attorney general's office will hit the road again later this month, offering help to victims of scam artists and answering questions about the office.

DHS software's cost overruns irk lawmakers

posted: 05/19/2015 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

Lawmakers Monday criticized the state Department of Human Services for allowing years of delays and millions of dollars of cost overruns on a software system that was supposed to improve care for roughly 12,000 Arkansans with disabilities.

State hires 2 lawmakers' spouses

posted: 05/19/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

The spouses of state Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee Chairman Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, and state Rep. Fred Love, D-Little Rock, will start work soon for the state Department of Health after the Legislative Council signed off on hiring them.

Fiscal 2016 budget cut vexes ethics panel chief

posted: 05/19/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

The head of the state's Ethics Commission said Friday that his organization faces a "crisis" if it gets stuck with a budget that falls well below the amount promised by legislators earlier this year.

WASHINGTON NEWS IN BRIEF: Bentonville students show art

posted: 05/17/2015 3:50 a.m. Discuss

Artwork by Bentonville High School students is on display at the U.S. Department of Education until June 30.

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