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DHS contract for health-pay adviser OK'd

updated: 06/13/2015 2:43 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday signed off on the state Department of Human Services' proposed $15.4 million contract with a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm for its work on the state's health care payment overhaul.

Lawmaker questions lottery boss

updated: 06/12/2015 4:03 a.m. Discuss

A co-chairman of the Legislature's lottery oversight committee pressed lottery Director Bishop Woosley on Thursday about his plans to improve sales and grow funds for college scholarships.

Governor names 2 on staff to posts

posted: 06/12/2015 2:39 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson promoted employees in his office Thursday to become the state's Medicaid inspector general and the state's budget administrator.

Schools for blind, deaf shuffle jobs; 26 on probation

posted: 06/12/2015 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Officials for Arkansas’ schools for the deaf and blind say they’re going to transfer their shared employees in 26 positions to positions at each school and put them on six months’ probation, starting in July.

Baird named state budget director

posted: 06/12/2015 12:54 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson promoted employees in his office Thursday to become the state's Medicaid inspector general and the state's budget administrator.

Parties set events; Democrats draw Clinton to dinner

posted: 06/11/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the Democratic Party of Arkansas' annual fundraiser July 18 in North Little Rock, party Chairman Vince Insalaco said Wednesday.

Treasurer agrees to mediation

posted: 06/10/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan and his chief of staff have agreed to enter mediation in an attempt to settle a defamation lawsuit filed against them by Milligan's former outreach manager, David Singer.

Nonprofit to return gifts from treasurer, deputy

posted: 06/09/2015 2:49 a.m. Comment 1

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network will be returning donations that were made by state Treasurer Dennis Milligan and his Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Brady, money donated after questions were raised about Brady's misuse of the charity's resources, the group announced Monday.

Lobbyists list spending $650,000 in '15 session

updated: 06/07/2015 4:10 a.m. Discuss

Lobbyists in Arkansas reported spending about $650,000 this spring as they lobbied Arkansas lawmakers and other state officials during this year's regular session of the General Assembly -- a decline of about $350,000 from expenses reported in the 2013 regular session.

Of '15 lobby spending, rights group topped list

updated: 06/07/2015 3:29 a.m. Discuss

During this year's regular session of the Arkansas Legislature, Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign, reported spending the most of the state's registered lobbyists and lobbying firms.

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