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30-day grace vexes state's ethics panel

posted: 04/18/2015 2:46 a.m. Comments 4

Arkansas Ethics Commission members are perplexed about how to administer a new law that restricts their ability to investigate elected officials who accept gifts from lobbyists.

Huckabee circles May 5 in Hope as decision day

posted: 04/18/2015 2:41 a.m. Comments 2

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is returning to his hometown of Hope on May 5 to announce whether he'll run for president.

Restart school talks, judge urges

posted: 04/18/2015 2:39 a.m. Comment 1

A federal judge said Friday that it's not his place to manage the separation of the Pulaski County Special and Jacksonville/North Pulaski school districts, and he urged the parties in the case who have stalled in their negotiations to restart their talks.

Drivetime Mahatma: Placard, disabled indivisible

posted: 04/18/2015 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Dear Mahatma: I am sending this as I have become aware of people using Grandma's handicap placard when she's not with them. I recently had to get one of these hangers myself and know that the handicapped person must be in the vehicle. There are never enough handicap places, so this is very hard on people who really need them. -- Sheila

Library '08 tax refund is OK'd

updated: 04/17/2015 11:43 p.m. Discuss

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox approved a plan Friday to redress $3.2 million in illegally collected property-tax revenue, ending almost seven years of litigation over a tax increase that benefited the Central Arkansas Library System.

Rogers lawyer picked for seat on ethics panel

updated: 04/18/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Attorney Tony Juneau of Rogers is the newest member of the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

1 year in, Tech invests president

posted: 04/18/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

RUSSELLVILLE -- Robin Bowen held on to the stair railing as the 12th president of Arkansas Tech University -- and the first female president of a college or university in the state -- climbed the four steps to her seat in the middle of the stage.

More out on attacks on inmate; jailer charged in case resigns

posted: 04/18/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

The Pulaski County sheriff's office Friday released new details on two recent attacks on an inmate, a day after a jail officer facing criminal charges in connection with the beatings resigned.

Rogers attorney seat still empty after resignation, confusion

posted: 04/18/2015 2:31 a.m. Discuss

ROGERS -- The City Council hasn't taken action to appoint a city attorney more than two months after Ben Lipscomb received $390,000 to resign from the post.

Ex-UA engineering dean is named interim provost

posted: 04/18/2015 2:31 a.m. Discuss

FAYETTEVILLE -- Ashok Saxena, a former engineering dean and leader of a recently created biomedical engineering department, will take over as the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville's top academic officer, the university announced Thursday.

Insurance hub redoes budget

posted: 04/18/2015 2:30 a.m. Discuss

The board working to establish Arkansas-based health insurance exchanges would allocate less money for computerized enrollment systems but more for staff salaries under a revised grant budget recommended Friday by the board's grant committee.

I-630 work entails traffic disruptions

posted: 04/18/2015 2:28 a.m. Discuss

Work on Interstate 630 in Little Rock will require a series of lane closures beginning Sunday and lasting through Friday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Quorum Court taps JP, 1 other to probe bridge

posted: 04/18/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

FAYETTEVILLE -- A Washington County justice of the peace and the county judge's chief of staff will investigate the Road Department's work on at least one incomplete bridge, the Quorum Court voted Thursday.

Waller named UA's interim business dean

posted: 04/18/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

FAYETTEVILLE -- Matt Waller, an associate dean leading the push to expand executive training, will take on the role of interim dean for the business college at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the university announced Friday.

Noteworthy Deaths: GOP senator who turned against Nixon

posted: 04/18/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

DETROIT -- Former U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin, a Michigan Republican whose withdrawal of support hastened President Richard Nixon's resignation during the Watergate scandal, has died at age 91.

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