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Brian Fanney

State Capitol Reporter

Recent Stories by Brian Fanney

Justices: Release case file on 1963 killing

posted: 04/22/2017 1:01 a.m. Discuss

A woman who waged a nearly four-year fight to gain access to the Arkansas State Police investigation into her grandmother’s 1963 abduction and killing will have access to the file under an Arkansas Supreme Court decision issued Thursday.

Arkansas Supreme Court: Release case file on 1963 abduction, killing

posted: 04/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A woman who waged a nearly four-year fight to gain access to the Arkansas State Police investigation into her grandmother's 1963 abduction and killing will have access to the file under an Arkansas Supreme Court decision issued Thursday.

Foster care numbers in Arkansas level off, official says

posted: 04/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

Growth in the number of children in foster care has plateaued since hitting a record high last year, the director of the Division of Children and Family Services said Wednesday.

Cotton, Hill take questions from scrappy crowd in Little Rock

posted: 04/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 9

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton and U.S. Rep. French Hill faced an emotional crowd of 1,000 people Monday at a joint town-hall-style meeting in Little Rock where the two Republicans fielded questions about a range of issues, including President Donald Trump's decision to bomb a Syrian air base and the House's vote on health care.

Arkansas medical marijuana panel gives rules a final OK

posted: 04/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Rules governing who gets to grow and sell medical marijuana were given final approval by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission on Tuesday, but must survive a review by lawmakers in order to go into effect on time.

State legislators' grades on pot measures mixed

updated: 04/09/2017 4:19 a.m. Comment 1

The man who got the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment on last year's ballot is giving the Legislature an A for not infringing on the voter-approved measure, he said.

Some see bills on lending fees, pawn deals as contradictory

posted: 04/09/2017 2:57 a.m. Discuss

One of the bills enacted in the recent legislative session was aimed at stopping one sort of money lender from counting fees separate from interest, but another bill that's awaiting action by the governor would formalize the practice for pawnshops.

Governor asked to halt issuing alcohol permits in state

posted: 04/07/2017 1:01 a.m. Comment 1

A Jonesboro family-values group is asking Gov. Asa Hutchinson to suspend issuance of new alcohol permits, saying that the number of enforcement officers is too small.

Merit in, lottery out for Arkansas medical marijuana dispensaries

posted: 04/06/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission decided Wednesday to license dispensaries based on the merit of their applications after listening to criticism of its draft rules during a public hearing.

Group cites enforcement, seeks alcohol-permit halt

posted: 04/05/2017 3:22 a.m. Discuss

A Jonesboro family-values group is asking Gov. Asa Hutchinson to suspend issuance of new alcohol permits, saying that the number of enforcement officers is too small.

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