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Brian Fanney

State Capitol Reporter

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DHS unit leader fired, held pool event, files say

posted: 08/27/2016 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Terri Blanchard, the Greene County supervisor for the Division of Children and Family Services, was fired for violating an integrity and honesty policy, according to documents from the division released Friday.

State election panel hires father of AG as director

posted: 08/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

The state Board of Election Commissioners on Thursday hired Keith Rutledge, the father of Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, to serve as the board's new executive director.

Suit aims to nullify Rx-marijuana initiative

posted: 08/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 8

Arkansans Against Legalized Marijuana filed suit Wednesday to stop the state from counting votes cast in November for a proposed initiated act that would legalize the drug for medical purposes.

2 Arkansas groups plan to challenge youth services contract

posted: 08/25/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

Two Arkansas organizations that have been operating seven of the Youth Services Division facilities across the state said they will protest a decision by the Department of Human Services to award the contracts that they now hold to an out-of-state company that plans to charge more for its services.

Anti-marijuana group sues secretary of state over initiative's ballot title

posted: 08/24/2016 1:18 p.m. Comments 14

Arkansans Against Legalized Marijuana is suing Secretary of State Mark Martin over the ballot title of a proposed initiated act intended to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas.

New group joins fight against two marijuana initiatives

posted: 08/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

A new group has formed to coordinate attacks on the proposed Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act and Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment.

Governor visits coding classroom

posted: 08/23/2016 4:45 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson stepped into Benton High School's auditorium Monday morning and told students to sign up for coding classes, become programmers and start businesses in Arkansas.

Children in foster care in Arkansas reaches all-time high

posted: 08/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 6

The number of children in foster care has reached an all-time high in Arkansas, straining state officials who have long referred to the growth as a crisis.

'Pot' measure's backer turns in more signatures

posted: 08/20/2016 5:27 a.m. Comments 4

David Couch of Little Rock submitted more signatures Friday in hopes of getting the proposed Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Lawyer blasts voter-roll response

posted: 08/20/2016 2:49 a.m. Discuss

An attorney hired by the state Democratic Party told Secretary of State Mark Martin's office that the latter's explanations for withholding records about the statewide voter database were "farcical," "disingenuous" and ultimately "unlawful" in a letter delivered Friday.

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