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Claudia Lauer

Little Rock City Hall reporter

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Ross outraises Hutchinson in gubernatorial race

posted: 04/16/2014 4:21 a.m. Discuss

Leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross raised more money than his leading Republican challenger, the first month that’s happened this year, according to March campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.

Cotton requests Pryor to debate him unfiltered

posted: 04/14/2014 3:57 a.m. Discuss

Republican U.S. Senate challenger Tom Cotton on Sunday challenged incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor to five unmoderated debates to be held in different regions of Arkansas.

Cotton holds press conference to challenge Pryor to unmoderated debates

posted: 04/13/2014 2:58 p.m. Comments 9

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Cotton held a press conference Sunday to challenge incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor to a series of five unmoderated debates that would be held in different regions of Arkansas.

Agency not forthcoming, legislator says

posted: 04/11/2014 2:57 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Sen. Bryan King said Thursday that he believes the Department of Human Services is withholding information about the state’s private-option Medicaid expansion plan, which uses federal funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans.

State panel backs rules on interpreters, feral hogs

posted: 04/11/2014 2:54 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council’s Administrative Rules and Regulations Committee gave its OK to more than a dozen rules Wednesday including rules governing new licenses for interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired and rules about feral hogs.

State’s absentee-voter rules made permanent

posted: 04/10/2014 4:42 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners voted Wednesday to approve permanent rules allowing absentee voters extra time to produce a valid ID if they don’t include a copy of their identification with their original ballot.

Cotton hit with new ethics filing

posted: 04/10/2014 4:41 a.m. Comments 3

The U.S. House Committee on Ethics dismissed a complaint accusing Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton, a Republican challenger for U.S. Senate, of illegally soliciting campaign donations during a radio interview on U.S. Capitol grounds, according to letters released by his campaign Wednesday.

Deaf-interpreter rules don’t apply in schools

posted: 04/08/2014 5:02 a.m. Discuss

New rules designed to prevent unqualified people from serving as interpreters for the deaf won’t apply to interpreters working in the state’s classrooms, Arkansas Department of Health officials say.

Already, millions spent to propel 2

posted: 04/06/2014 5:06 a.m. Comments 4

With seven months to go before the general election, Arkansas’ airwaves have already been blanketed with thousands of ads trying to define two candidates seeking the state’s U.S. Senate seat.

Panel lays out compromises on feral hogs

posted: 04/01/2014 4:10 a.m. Comments 3

The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission presented several compromise rules governing feral hogs Monday at a joint meeting of the House and Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development committees.

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