posted: 03/08/2014 3:05 a.m.
Bills that would boost the state’s general-revenue budget by $109 million, to $5 billion, sailed through the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee on Friday with nary a question.
posted: 03/08/2014 3:02 a.m.
Gov. Mike Beebe signed a law Friday reauthorizing the state’s use of federal funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans, three days after the measure was sent to his office.
posted: 03/08/2014 3:01 a.m.
Former bond broker Steele Stephens testified with obvious reluctance Friday against former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner, admitting that he secretly gave her $36,000 in cash over 2½ years and was rewarded with a large share of the state’s bond business, which earned him hefty commissions.
posted: 03/08/2014 2:55 a.m.
A judge on Friday unsealed a defense motion seeking to exclude certain evidence about former University of Central Arkansas Chief of Staff Jack Gillean’s lifestyle — including sexual relationships with men — after ruling that the prosecution could raise the issue during Gillean’s commercial-burglary trial.
posted: 03/08/2014 2:52 a.m.
Little Rock Air Force Base would receive 10 more of the latest model of the C-130 Hercules combat airlift aircraft, according to the proposed 2015 Air Force budget.
posted: 03/08/2014 2:50 a.m.
A program set to start this summer at Arkansas’ largest law school aims to offer a few prospective students from poor or disadvantaged backgrounds a second chance for admission to the W.H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
posted: 03/08/2014 2:49 a.m.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said Friday that he was as surprised as anyone to see that he voted against loan guarantees for Ukraine.
posted: 03/08/2014 2:47 a.m.
Mexico’s former first lady Margarita Zavala Gomez del Campo urged women Friday to keep striving for seats on corporate boards and elected offices, noting the gains other countries have made with women gaining authoritative roles.
posted: 03/08/2014 2:46 a.m.
Dear Mahatma: How come the lights don’t go to flashing red at Markham and Victory when conditions are nasty? Coming east — downhill — on Markham in the snow and ice is, well, yikes! — Downtown Commuter
posted: 03/08/2014 2:45 a.m.
Despite the fact that Prosecuting Attorney Kyle Hunter issued an opinion Friday saying that there should be no mayoral election in Pine Bluff this year, the Jefferson County Election Commission approved placing former Pine Bluff Mayor Carl Redus Jr. on the Democratic primary ballot for May 20.
posted: 03/08/2014 2:44 a.m.
The landscape changed this week in the race for the 3rd District congressional seat.
posted: 03/08/2014 2:43 a.m.
The Little Rock robbery suspect being treated for a gunshot wound on top of bite wounds from a police dog has been tied to two other recent robberies, police said.
posted: 03/08/2014 2:42 a.m.
Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. Sunday.
posted: 03/08/2014 2:41 a.m.
Four more University of Central Arkansas fraternity members were arrested Friday on hazing charges a day after their “dean of pledges” was charged in what campus police described as an ordeal that involved the paddling of four Kappa Alpha Psi pledges.
posted: 03/08/2014 2:40 a.m.
A Washington County sheriff’s office inmate transport van was involved in a two-vehicle crash that snarled traffic in central Arkansas for about 90 minutes Friday morning.