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Army medals found, state locates family

posted: 04/25/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

A Memphis woman saw her deceased father's Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals that he received in the U.S. Army for the first time Friday, after the state auditor's office tracked her down.

State returns medals to soldier's daughter

posted: 04/25/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

A Memphis, Tenn., woman saw her deceased father's Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals he received in the U.S. Army for the first time Friday, after the state auditor's office tracked her down.

Top Democrat vows comeback

posted: 04/24/2015 3:23 a.m. Comments 2

The political fortunes of Democrats in Arkansas will rebound, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee said Thursday.

Lottery oversight subcommittee created

posted: 04/24/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council voted Wednesday to create a lottery oversight subcommittee, and the council's leaders appointed Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, and Rep. Chris Richey, D-Helena-West Helena, as co-chairmen of the new panel.

Legislature concludes '15 session

updated: 04/23/2015 3:57 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas General Assembly quietly adjourned on Wednesday morning, wrapping up one of the shortest sessions in recent years.

State's voting-gear solicitation favors firm, rival says

posted: 04/23/2015 3:15 a.m. Comment 1

The sales director for California-based Unisyn Voting Solutions said Wednesday that a request for proposal issued by Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin for new voting equipment in the state's 75 counties favors Nebraska-based Election Systems & Software.

State eliminating 6 lottery positions

posted: 04/22/2015 4:13 a.m. Discuss

Four Arkansas Scholarship Lottery employees will have their jobs eliminated, effective May 1, and their duties will be handled by other state employees, the state's accounting administrator said Tuesday.

Private-option panel is urged to skip rehash

posted: 04/21/2015 3:11 a.m. Comments 4

An Arkansas legislative task force studying the state's Medicaid program for changes to recommend to the governor will fail if "we spend the next six or seven months re-litigating the private option," task force co-Chairman Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, said Monday.

30-day grace vexes state's ethics panel

posted: 04/18/2015 2:46 a.m. Comments 4

Arkansas Ethics Commission members are perplexed about how to administer a new law that restricts their ability to investigate elected officials who accept gifts from lobbyists.

Rogers lawyer picked for seat on ethics panel

updated: 04/18/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Attorney Tony Juneau of Rogers is the newest member of the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

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