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Brian Fanney

State Capitol Reporter

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State drops bid to limit bonus to nationally certified teachers

posted: 02/09/2016 3:52 a.m. Discuss

Facing opposition from teacher groups, the Arkansas Department of Education will drop a proposal to end annual payments to teachers with National Board Certification after 10 years, Education Commissioner Johnny Key told lawmakers Monday.

McNair challenged by Hammerschmidt

posted: 02/06/2016 5:57 a.m. Discuss

Rep. Ron McNair, an incumbent, will face John Arthur Hammerschmidt, son of a 13-term U.S. congressman, in the District 98 Republican primary.

$280,000 salary at DHS has lawmakers talking

updated: 02/06/2016 4:10 a.m. Comments 11

Arkansas' House and Senate leaders support Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to boost the salary of the state Department of Human Services' director from $162,647 to $280,000 to attract a former health care adviser to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to the job.

Governor: Parts of Medicaid plan intact after D.C.

posted: 02/05/2016 3:55 a.m. Comments 2

No part of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's general plan to change the state's Medicaid expansion is off the table after his meeting with the U.S. health and human services secretary, the governor said Thursday.

In Little Rock, Trump reproves Cruz, 'political people'

posted: 02/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Gallery Comments 23

For Donald Trump, the world is divided into winners and losers. In Little Rock on Wednesday, the Republican presidential candidate made clear on which side of the divide he believes his campaign falls.

Romney vet to lead DHS for $280,000

posted: 02/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 7

An architect of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's health care expansion -- which served as the template for President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act -- will start work as the director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services on March 1, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday.

2 panels updated on roads proposal

posted: 02/04/2016 3:17 a.m. Comment 1

In a wide-ranging update to lawmakers, state Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett said he is developing a highway plan through 2020 that requires an additional $50 million in state money every year to complete.

Huckabee exit shuffles deck for his backers in state

posted: 02/03/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio supporters in Arkansas are energized after their presidential contenders' showings Monday in the Iowa caucuses, and they hope to use that momentum to build more support.

Filings target Rutledge, Milligan

updated: 02/02/2016 4:16 a.m. Discuss

A Little Rock lawyer and blogger says Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Treasurer Dennis Milligan broke state law when they traveled to Iowa to support Mike Huckabee, the former Republican governor who is running for president.

$74,000 supports travel of governor

posted: 02/02/2016 4:03 a.m. Discuss

When Gov. Asa Hutchinson goes on economic development trips, the private Arkansas Economic Development Foundation often picks up part of the tab.

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