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Jacksonville business owner joins House District 42 race

posted: 12/15/2017 2:58 a.m. Discuss

Businessman Patrick Thomas of Jacksonville said Thursday that he's seeking election next year as a Republican to the seat held by departing state Rep. Bob Johnson, D-Jacksonville.

Democrat going for it, joins state Senate race

posted: 12/14/2017 3:31 a.m. Comment 1

Buoyed by his party's victory in the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama, Democrat Steven McNeely of Jacksonville filed Wednesday for a vacant legislative seat that has been Republican since reapportionment.

Ex-nonprofit executive to run for Arkansas governor as Democrat

posted: 12/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Jared Henderson of Little Rock, the former executive director for the nonprofit Teach for America group in Arkansas, announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor next year.

Arkansas lottery's November revenue off, but proceeds at 4-year high

posted: 12/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Because of a drop in draw-game ticket revenue, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's total revenue in November was less than it was in the same month a year ago, but net proceeds -- the amount that goes toward college scholarships -- were the highest they have been since 2013, the agency reported this week.

Senator's aide now governor's

posted: 12/12/2017 3 a.m. Discuss

An aide to Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang will go to work for Gov. Asa Hutchinson as director of policy coordination and legislative outreach, starting Jan. 2, Hutchinson's office announced Monday.

Heffley files to run Feb. 13 for District 16 Senate seat

posted: 12/12/2017 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Luke Heffley of Russellville filed Monday to become the second candidate in the Feb. 13 Republican primary election for the vacant state Senate seat in District 16.

Ex-mayor of city in Arkansas overpaid, audit finds

posted: 12/09/2017 4:29 a.m. Comments 4

Former Searcy Mayor Belinda LaForce was overpaid $140,069 in retirement benefits from Jan. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30 of this year by the city's retirement system for mayors and city clerks, legislative auditors reported Friday.

State set to seek $476,495 refund

posted: 12/09/2017 3:08 a.m. Comment 1

Legislative auditors on Friday questioned more than $500,000 in spending of federal grant money by three educational programs in Bald Knob and Russell over a period of about three years through July 31, 2016.

DHS acts at odds with law's intent, auditor tells panel

posted: 12/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

A legislative auditor Thursday questioned whether the Department of Human Services circumvented the intent of state law and the Arkansas Constitution by entering into a memorandum of understanding with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences for a senior Medicaid adviser to the department's director.

Pension system cuts projected annual return

posted: 12/08/2017 2:52 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System's trustees Thursday cut the system's projected annual investment return from 7.75 percent to 7.50 percent a year, even though the system's actuary advised them that the lower level isn't reasonable.

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