posted: 07/04/2012 4:38 a.m.
A record fiscal year-end surplus of more than $145 million can help Arkansas soften an expected shortfall in Medicaid funds next year as well as deal with other one-time needs, Gov. Mike Beebe said Tuesday.
posted: 07/03/2012 5:11 a.m.
Sales of Arkansas lottery tickets were up $10 million in fiscal 2012 from the previous year, officials announced Monday, but it’s not clear how much of that will go toward scholarships.
posted: 07/01/2012 6:02 a.m.
If a proposal to raise the state’s severance tax on natural gas gets on the November ballot, it will be despite the best efforts of the natural-gas industry, which helped fund a “don’t sign” campaign to thwart a petition campaign aimed at getting it on the ballot.
posted: 06/29/2012 5:37 a.m.
In his 2010 campaign, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr pledged to challenge the constitutionality of the federal health-care law, and he said Thursday that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the law’s constitutionality is not a loss but “a wake-up call.”
posted: 06/27/2012 4:40 a.m.
Sheffield Nelson asked the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday to investigate an Exxon Mobil subsidiary and Southwestern Energy, alleging that they have misled the public and their shareholders in the course of opposing an increase in the severance tax on natural gas.
posted: 06/24/2012 5:42 a.m.
A company’s announcement that it plans to open a factory or office in the state is often met with great fanfare.
posted: 06/23/2012 3:31 a.m.
The state Supreme Court on Friday struck down as unconstitutional Arkansas’ lethal-injection law, saying it gave too much discretion to the Arkansas Department of Correction to decide how executions would be carried out and which chemicals would be used.
posted: 06/22/2012 4:30 a.m.
In a 5-2 decision, the state Supreme Court declined Thursday to reinstate the law license of a lawyer who pleaded guilty to a felony over a decade ago.
posted: 06/22/2012 4:29 a.m.
A law enforcement officer who arrested someone for driving under the influence and then transported him across a county line for a breath test acted reasonably, and the test did not constitute an illegal search, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
posted: 06/21/2012 5:35 a.m.
The Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission has selected Faye Shepherd as its new director, after months of searching.
posted: 06/15/2012 3:10 a.m.
An attorney representing 10 death row inmates argued before the state Supreme Court on Thursday that Arkansas’ lethal injection law is unconstitutional because it gives a state Department of Correction official too much power to decide what drugs to use in executions.
posted: 06/15/2012 3:08 a.m.
The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Jacksonville Police Department violated the state Freedom of Information Act when it denied a woman’s request for police recordings as “too broad or burdensome.” When Partne Daugherty followed that with a second, even broader request, the department told her she would have to put up a deposit of $2,475 — a fee the Supreme Court found was unwarranted.
posted: 06/14/2012 5:39 a.m.
Economist Charles Venus said Wednesday that increasing the state’s severance tax on natural gas will not drive the industry from the state.
posted: 06/13/2012 4:51 a.m.
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Family issued a report Tuesday that urges the state Insurance Department to keep consumer interests front and center as it implements a federally run health-insurance exchange for Arkansas.
posted: 06/13/2012 4:38 a.m.
A group that reviewed Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office’s policies recommended Tuesday that the office add to its election division staff, trim from other departments and look into outsourcing services like maintenance and the Capitol gift shop.
posted: 06/08/2012 4:41 a.m.
A group of lawyers and judges that aims to keep Arkansas’ judicial elections honest has come up with a plan to keep false advertisements out of the mix.
posted: 06/07/2012 5:49 a.m.
The two remaining Democrats vying for nomination in 1st Congressional District traded barbs over past actions in a televised debate Wednesday.
posted: 06/05/2012 4:20 a.m.
The four Democratic candidates who are seeking their party’s nomination in the two congressional primary runoffs next week have spent less than a third of the reported $2.18 million spent in the races by all candidates.
posted: 06/03/2012 5:28 a.m.
A former gas company executive who is trying to get Arkansans to raise the state’s severance tax rate on natural gas says the current system leaves the state open to deception and theft by naturalgas producers.
posted: 05/31/2012 5:03 a.m.
The wife of congressional candidate Scott Ellington is being sued in Craighead County Circuit Court by creditors trying to collect over $26,000 in credit-card debt.
posted: 05/26/2012 3:01 a.m.
The state Supreme Court upheld a circuit court’s decision to deny post-conviction relief to Michael Tornavacca, who argued that his right to due process was violated when he was kicked out of a drug-court program without a chance to defend himself.
posted: 05/25/2012 5:27 a.m.
Q. Byrum Hurst, a lawyer and candidate for U.S. Congress, was sanctioned Thursday by the state Supreme Court’s Committee on Professional Conduct.
posted: 05/25/2012 5:23 a.m.
A state law that leaves it up to prosecutors to decide whether to try some youths as adults withstood a constitutional challenge by a minor referred to as “C.B.” who is accused of escaping from a detention facility and killing a guard in the process.
posted: 05/25/2012 5:11 a.m.
The state Supreme Court will not give Ticketmaster another chance to argue that it is not subject to the state’s ticket-scalping law, which will allow a lawsuit pending in federal court to go forward.
posted: 05/24/2012 4:01 a.m.
No Democratic candidate in the congressional primaries for the 1st and 4th districts got enough votes to secure the nomination, but the top four vote getters said they plan to keep on doing what they did until the June 12 runoff.
posted: 05/24/2012 3:40 a.m.
A panel of three appeals judges ruled Wednesday that the state provided enough evidence of intent to justify a North Little Rock man’s 2011 conviction of first-degree murder.
posted: 05/23/2012 4:59 a.m.
Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington and state Rep. Clark Hall of Marvell will compete in a June 12 runoff for the 1st Congressional District Democratic nomination, according to the complete but unofficial election results. Ellington led his two rivals Tuesday evening and early today but failed to get the bare majority to avoid a runoff.
posted: 05/21/2012 4:27 a.m.
None of the three candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in House District 37 has held office before, but they all describe themselves as veterans of Arkansas politics and government.
posted: 05/20/2012 5:19 a.m.
Canvassers around the state have spent months combing supermarket parking lots, parks, sporting events and shopping malls searching for registered voters willing to sign their names to petitions aimed at putting proposed initiatives on the ballot in November.
posted: 05/20/2012 5:18 a.m.
In some parts of the Delta, signs bearing the names of candidates for state and county offices are more prominent and more common than those of the congressional candidates.
posted: 05/18/2012 3:04 a.m.
The state Supreme Court dismissed an appeal Thursday challenging a circuit court’s ruling that anyone who paid a library tax a year before it went into effect is not eligible for a refund.
posted: 05/10/2012 5:43 a.m.
In the federal lawsuit over whether Arkansas’ Senate districts were drawn to dilute black voter strength in the Delta, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel testified Wednesday that the sitting black senator was more worried about retaining the seat than protecting black voters.
posted: 05/10/2012 5:12 a.m.
When Dale Harvey Brown decided to represent himself in his trial on drug manufacturing and possession charges, he wasn’t fully advised of his right to have an attorney or of the risks of turning one down, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled May 2.
posted: 05/08/2012 4:19 a.m.
At the start of a federal trial over Arkansas Senate district lines Monday, Secretary of State Mark Martin said District 24 was purposefully drawn to include the northern half of Crittenden County.
posted: 05/06/2012 3:34 a.m.
Conway is choosing between two Republican candidates with two visions of the role of the state Legislature.
posted: 05/05/2012 3:10 a.m.
Politicians addressing the Delta Grassroots Caucus on Friday focused on the Delta’s role in boosting the state’s economy and encouraging energy independence with the production of alternative fuel resources.
posted: 05/04/2012 3:18 a.m.
A lawsuit brought by state Sen. Stephanie Flowers likely will be dismissed after she and the other plaintiff reached an agreement with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the city of Pine Bluff, and Pine Bluff police officers Wednesday.
posted: 05/04/2012 3:15 a.m.
The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that that Cleo McKenzie’s medical records do not have to be turned over for a custody case his wife is involved in.
posted: 05/04/2012 3:12 a.m.
In a response to questions from state lawmakers, the state attorney general’s office wrote Wednesday that recently adopted federal regulations requiring certain health plans to cover contraceptives will trump state laws in any instance where there’s a conflict.
posted: 05/04/2012 3:05 a.m.
The Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a circuit court’s judgment in favor of a nonprofit corporation that operates five nursing homes in Arkansas, saying that the lower court should weigh whether the company was truly a nonprofit or was just trying to get out of buying liability insurance.
posted: 04/29/2012 4:52 a.m.
Rep. Efrem Elliott, D-Altheimer, said he decided to challenge Sen. Stephanie Flowers in the District 25 state Senate race because the district deserves a senator who will listen.
posted: 04/28/2012 3:03 a.m.
The state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission issued sanctions against two judges Friday.
posted: 04/28/2012 2:58 a.m.
The state Board of Career Education voted Thursday not to change how adult education is funded after the attorney general’s office said a proposed change should have gone through the Legislature’s Committee on Administrative Rules and Regulations.
posted: 04/28/2012 2:49 a.m.
Records requested by an attorney representing plaintiffs in a medical-malpractice case are not covered by the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
posted: 04/27/2012 2:42 a.m.
The state Supreme Court on Thursday granted an evidentiary hearing to a death-row inmate who argued that there were fundamental errors in the proceedings that led to his conviction and death sentence.
posted: 04/26/2012 5:13 a.m.
A panel of three appeals court judges affirmed a circuit court’s decision to try Stephen Cole, who was charged with committing second-degree murder when he was 17, as an adult.
posted: 04/26/2012 5:09 a.m.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel certified the ballot title and popular name Wednesday of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow four casino gambling operations in the state, but implied in a letter that the proposal might not hold up to legal scrutiny.
posted: 04/25/2012 5:18 a.m.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel finalized popular names for the Legislature’s two proposed constitutional amendments Tuesday, which will allow them to appear on the ballot in the November general election.
posted: 04/22/2012 4:35 a.m.
Three Democrats seeking to be their party’s nominee in the 1st Congressional District said Saturday that Congressman Rick Crawford has put partisan priorities over the well-being of his constituents.
posted: 04/22/2012 4:22 a.m.
The state Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday about whether an attorney should have been able to use the state’s Freedom of Information Act to obtain documents in a medical-malpractice case involving doctors he claimed were public employees.