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No election to fill Key's empty seat, Beebe says

posted: 08/01/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Mike Beebe doesn't plan to call a special election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of state Sen. Johnny Key, R-Mountain Home, to start work for the University of Arkansas System, a spokesman for Beebe said Thursday.

IRS' $83,227 lien on company once led by Burkhalter paid off

posted: 07/31/2014 4:26 a.m. Comment 1

The Internal Revenue Service has released a tax lien for more than $80,000 against a company formerly led by Democratic lieutenant governor nominee John Burkhalter of Little Rock.

Key resigns his seat in Arkansas Senate

posted: 07/31/2014 4:22 a.m. Discuss

Sen. Johnny Key, R-Mountain Home, has submitted his resignation from the Senate, effective today, and will start work Friday as the University of Arkansas System's associate vice president of university relations.

Hutchinson to pay homestead penalty tab

posted: 07/30/2014 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday night that he'll give Pulaski County $1,750 for improperly claiming homestead tax credits there, even though the statute of limitations has expired.

Official: Should've penalized Hutchinson

posted: 07/29/2014 3:44 a.m. Comments 11

The chief assessment administrator in the Pulaski County assessor's office said Monday that he should have levied a $1,050 penalty against Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson in 2012 for improperly claiming two homestead property tax credits; state law allows people to receive the credit on only one home.

Retirement group OKs $50 million investment

posted: 07/29/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System will invest up to $50 million in an infrastructure fund managed by New York-based Kolhberg Kravis Roberts & Co., the system's trustees decided Monday. The fund could invest in projects such as alternative energy generation, parking garages or tunnel projects.

GOP nominee got 2 home tax credits

posted: 07/27/2014 5:29 a.m. Comments 8

Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson took a homestead property tax credit that he wasn't entitled to in Pulaski County, repaying some of the money shortly before he said he intended to run for governor.

21 get grants to fight drug abuse

posted: 07/25/2014 3:10 a.m. Discuss

A legislative committee has signed off on $315,000 in state grants to 21 groups to combat substance abuse among youths after learning that $105,000 of the grant money would go to a Little Rock advertising and public relations firm for advertising.

State Republicans adopt '14 platform

posted: 07/20/2014 2:55 a.m. Comments 2

HOT SPRINGS -- With Republicans seeking control of all six of the state's seats in the U.S. Congress and the state's seven constitutional offices in the November general election, Republicans vying for the state's top offices told their party's state convention delegates Saturday that they want to cut taxes, reduce regulation and hold President Barack Obama's administration accountable.

Reed resigns Capitol position

posted: 07/19/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Secretary of State Mark Martin's internal communications manager, Alex Reed, has stepped down, nearly three months after he resigned from the Pulaski County Election Commission and was removed as campaign treasurer for Republican congressional candidate Ann Clemmer.

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