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Budget has $133M rise in spending

posted: 03/28/2015 2:56 a.m. Discuss

State general-revenue spending would increase by $133 million to $5.18 billion in the fiscal year starting July 1 under a proposed budget that legislative leaders released Friday afternoon.

Youth lockup's fixes earn second chance from state

updated: 03/28/2015 2:54 a.m. Discuss

The state's Youth Services Division announced Friday that it will begin sending young offenders back to a juvenile lockup in Danville because the facility has addressed several problems discovered last fall, including that guards used restraints and pepper spray as punishment.

Maggio removed from civil lawsuit

updated: 03/28/2015 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Expressing distaste with his own decision, a judge ruled Friday that judicial immunity prohibits a lawsuit against ousted Circuit Judge Michael Maggio over Maggio's handling of a negligence suit resulting from a nursing-home patient's death.

Religious-principles bill passes in Senate

posted: 03/28/2015 2:51 a.m. Comments 2

A bill dubbed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act breezed through the Arkansas Senate on Friday over the objections of opponents who warned that it would lead to discrimination against gays and hurt efforts to attract high-tech industry to Arkansas.

Once at odds, 2 museums find common ground

posted: 03/28/2015 2:48 a.m. Discuss

The "Georgia O'Keeffe: See What I See" exhibition opens today at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with the promise of future collaborations between the Bentonville institution and the museum that bears the artist's name.

Adding information act 'teeth' clears House

updated: 03/28/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas lawmakers pushed through a string of tweaks to the state's criminal code on Friday, including a bill that would leave public board members out of a job, and possibly in jail, if they violate the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Bills clear House for Uber, loot at arcade

updated: 03/28/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

Bills to bring back adult arcades and bolster smartphone-application driving services cleared the Arkansas House of Representatives on Friday.

Senate OKs a primary date

updated: 03/28/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate voted Friday for legislation requiring the state to hold a presidential primary election on the first Tuesday in March every four years when a president is elected.

Paid maternity leave for state employees fails in Senate panel

updated: 03/28/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would grant paid maternity leave to pregnant state employees failed Friday in an Arkansas Senate committee and will go to an interim committee for further study.

Senate panel OKs funeral home oversight bill

posted: 03/28/2015 2:40 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would strengthen regulations governing the operation of funeral homes cleared an Arkansas Senate committee Friday.

Landowners' rights bill goes to Hutchinson

posted: 03/28/2015 2:35 a.m. Comment 1

With no fanfare, the Arkansas Senate on Friday sent the governor a bill aimed at protecting private property owners' rights.

Commandment bill clears panel

posted: 03/28/2015 2:34 a.m. Discuss

A bill to establish a monument of the Ten Commandments on the state Capitol grounds cleared another hurdle with a favorable committee vote by lawmakers Friday.

House committee backs bill requiring colleges to fly flags

posted: 03/28/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A bill requiring Arkansas public institutions of higher learning to fly the American and Arkansas flags on their campuses passed a state legislative committee with flying colors Friday.

Senate OKs call against cross-state power line

posted: 03/28/2015 2:32 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Senate has passed a resolution opposing the construction of a power line across Arkansas to transmit wind-generated electricity from Oklahoma to Tennessee.

3rd man charged in theft of guns

posted: 03/28/2015 2:30 a.m. Comment 1

A third person has been arrested in a conspiracy involving the theft in Arkansas of a shipment of approximately 107 guns headed to Gander Mountain retail stores in Houston.

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