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Recent Stories by Michael R. Wickline

Selig set to exit as DHS director when year ends

posted: 10/09/2015 3:39 a.m. Discuss

John Selig is departing as the director of state government's largest agency at the end of this year because "it just seemed a good time" to seek a private-sector job after serving in the post since July 2005, he said Thursday.

Democrat plans bid for District 73 seat

posted: 10/07/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Dardanelle Democrat Lesa Wolfe Crowell has announced plans to run for the seat now held by state Rep. Mary Bentley, R-Perryville, who Crowell contends focuses more on national politics, Obamacare and abortion rather than the interests of House District 73.

Teacher retirement fund down $625M in 2 months

posted: 10/06/2015 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Thanks in large part to a drop in the stock market, the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System's investments dropped by $625 million in value to $14.35 billion in July and August, an investment consultant said Monday in a preliminary report.

State revenue tops forecast but falls 1.4%

posted: 10/03/2015 3:33 a.m. Comment 1

State general revenue in September slipped slightly compared with a year ago but still exceeded the state's forecast.

More candidates seek House seats

posted: 10/03/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Hot Springs Republicans Les Warren and Richard Midkiff said Friday that they're vying for the state House seat held by departing Hot Springs Democrat John Vines.

Forfeiture of license accepted, court says

posted: 10/02/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

The state Supreme Court said Thursday that it has accepted the surrender of the law license of attorney Andrea Lea Davis of Hot Springs, whose relationship with then-Attorney General Dustin McDaniel led to his departure from the governor's race in 2013.

NLR mom plans House run

posted: 10/01/2015 3:08 a.m. Discuss

North Little Rock Democrat Victoria Leigh said Wednesday that she's seeking the state House of Representatives seat held by North Little Rock Republican Donnie Copeland.

Lottery hires Conway chief

posted: 09/24/2015 3:41 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has hired Conway Police Chief A.J. Gary as its new security director, lottery officials said Wednesday.

State Crime Lab examiner hiring gets panel's OK

posted: 09/24/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel on Wednesday endorsed the state Crime Laboratory's request to offer a $188,203 annual salary for an associate medical examiner in Florida to take a similar job in Arkansas.

Panel OKs $1M for Children and Family Services caseworkers

updated: 09/23/2015 4:09 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative panel on Tuesday signed off on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request to transfer $1.05 million in rainy-day funds to hire 40 more employees for the Division of Children and Family Services.



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