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Committee OKs '18 state budget

updated: 03/30/2017 4:18 a.m. Discuss

The Legislature's Joint Budget Committee on Wednesday advanced identical bills setting the state's general-revenue budget for the next fiscal year and learned that uncertainty remains about whether this year's tax collections will fall short.

Deportation stayed for 2 Guatemalans

updated: 03/30/2017 4:17 a.m. Discuss

A Guatemalan couple who have lived illegally in Arkansas since 2001 won't be deported this year.

2 convicts appeal to halt April injections

posted: 03/30/2017 4:11 a.m. Discuss

Attorneys for two death-row inmates filed two petitions Wednesday seeking to halt their executions next month while Arkansas' attorney general argued in a separate case that prison officials should not be forced to disclose information about the drugs used in lethal injections.

LR leaders voice worry over uptick in violence

posted: 03/30/2017 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Homicides and shootings in Little Rock are up this year compared with recent years, prompting concerns and calls for action from law enforcement and city officials.

Senate endorses special tax on pot

posted: 03/30/2017 3:49 a.m. Discuss

The Senate approved a bill Wednesday to levy a special tax on medical marijuana.

Panel rejects procurement-law overhaul

posted: 03/30/2017 3:47 a.m. Discuss

An overhaul of the state's procurement laws died in a House committee Wednesday after engineers, architects and attorneys lined up to say the measure would invite shoddy work.

State Capitol briefs

updated: 03/30/2017 3:46 a.m. Discuss

Medicaid-openness bill fails to advance

Senate OKs more time for farmers' tax credits

posted: 03/30/2017 3:44 a.m. Discuss

The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would extend the carry-forward period for income-tax credits allowed for water impoundment in reservoirs.

Senate OKs bill on incentives for makers of steel

posted: 03/30/2017 3:42 a.m. Discuss

A bill aimed at luring Big River Steel to expand its operations sailed through the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee and the full Senate on Wednesday.

Severance-tax shift advances in Senate

posted: 03/30/2017 3:41 a.m. Discuss

The Senate tax committee on Wednesday recommended Senate approval of legislation that shifts more natural gas severance tax revenue to grants to compensate counties for road damage caused by trucks and other heavy machinery used in the extraction of the resource.


posted: 03/30/2017 3:41 a.m. Discuss

The calendar of public events of the 91st General Assembly for today, the 81st day of the 2017 regular session.

Bill targeting lenders' fees going to governor

posted: 03/30/2017 3:39 a.m. Discuss

House lawmakers reversed course and passed a bill Wednesday that would crack down on lending services that charge high fees.

Plan to fund suicide fight shy a backer

posted: 03/30/2017 3:29 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council's executive committee on Wednesday withdrew its support from proposed legislation less than 24 hours after its co-chairman threw the council's support behind the bill in testimony before state lawmakers.

Hungry-kid gap echoed at trial

posted: 03/30/2017 3:27 a.m. Discuss

About 20 people testified Wednesday in the ongoing federal trial of two Arkansans accused of defrauding federally funded feeding programs for underprivileged children, confirming inaccuracies in reports that prosecutors say the defendants falsified to obtain millions of dollars.

Campaign begins for school projects

posted: 03/30/2017 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Civic and Little Rock School District leaders on Wednesday announced a campaign for extending the district's current debt-service tax rate by 14 years to generate $160 million for school construction and repairs.






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