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Claudia Lauer

Little Rock City Hall reporter

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U.S. House majority leader stumps for Hill in LR

posted: 08/21/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stood in front of 350 miles of unused pipes at Welspun Tubular in Little Rock on Wednesday morning advocating for completion of the Keystone XL pipeline and promoting Arkansas Republicans.

National chairman for GOP heads up LR rally for Cotton

posted: 08/20/2014 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus visited the organization's Arkansas field office Tuesday to rally volunteers around the state's GOP challenger in the U.S. Senate race, calling the state ground zero for the party's takeover of the Senate.

Minimum wage group turns in petition haul

posted: 08/19/2014 3:40 a.m. Comments 11

A group hoping to raise Arkansas' minimum wage submitted close to 70,000 more petition signatures Monday to try to get the measure on the November ballot.

Bus-ride lengths detailed in study

posted: 08/17/2014 3:19 a.m. Discuss

Public school students in Arkansas spend an average of 49.4 minutes on the bus to get to school each morning, according to a study by the Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research.

Alcohol petition adds 6,332 pages

posted: 08/16/2014 3:43 a.m. Comments 7

Advocates for expanding the sale of alcohol in Arkansas submitted more than 41,000 signatures in a final effort to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot in November.

Medical 'pot' backers hope third time's the charm

posted: 08/15/2014 2:21 a.m. Comments 5

Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana will launch a third attempt at putting a ballot initiative before Arkansas voters.

High-speed Net for schools 4 years away, legislators told

posted: 08/13/2014 4:12 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas is poised to make the transition to high speed broadband Internet in every school district in less than four years, a consultant told legislators at a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education committees Tuesday.

Low-cost school Net fix do-able, nonprofit says

posted: 08/12/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas can provide good Internet access to all of its school districts without raising spending sharply if it stops using copper and starts using fiber optic cable, a high-tech nonprofit said Monday.

School study's bullying focus irks legislators

posted: 08/12/2014 2:57 a.m. Discuss

Members of the House and Senate Education committees on Monday criticized a preliminary study on school safety, saying it focused too much on bullying and not enough on preventing violence.

Week left for signatures on wage petition

posted: 08/11/2014 2:54 a.m. Comment 1

With a week left to gather additional signatures, supporters of a ballot initiative to increase the Arkansas minimum wage have received just shy of half a million dollars to fund their campaign.

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