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Schools rethinking gifts to lawmakers

posted: 12/21/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Nearly two weeks after voters approved a constitutional amendment barring state elected officials from accepting certain gifts from lobbyists, a lobbyist for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville urged 33 lawmakers, who received free parking permits in October for football games, to consult their attorneys about the matter.

$1.1 million in awards sent back for review

posted: 12/20/2014 3:21 a.m. Discuss

The Legislative Council on Friday asked a subcommittee to reconsider its recommendations to award $600,000 to the family of a mentally disabled woman who died as a result of negligence at a state facility last year and $495,000 to a road construction company that blamed delays on interstate work on state highway officials.

Leaders picked for panel on raising officials' pay

posted: 12/19/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

The state's citizens commission considering raising the annual salaries of the state's elected officials Thursday elected former state Ethics Commissioner Larry Ross of Sherwood as its chairman and attorney Chuck Banks of Little Rock as its vice chairman.

ASU hires higher-ed director for government-relations job

posted: 12/18/2014 3:26 a.m. Discuss

The director of the state Department of Higher Education, Shane Broadway, will start work as the Arkansas State University System's vice president for governmental relations at an annual salary of $185,000 next year, system officials said Wednesday.

Agencies' directors changing

posted: 12/18/2014 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson selected state Rep. Allen Kerr, R-Little Rock, as the state's next insurance commissioner and Brig. Gen. Mark Berry as the next adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard on Wednesday.

Lottery's Monopoly game to end

posted: 12/17/2014 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Along with other state lotteries, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will stop selling the Monopoly Millionaires Club draw-game ticket Dec. 26, the lottery's director said Tuesday.

Teacher retirement fund sells 38 acres in LR

posted: 12/17/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System has sold land in west Little Rock for $1.85 million to an intermediary for Crain Family Holdings LLC, said system Executive Director George Hopkins.

Administrator to reimburse ASU $29,349

posted: 12/16/2014 3:39 a.m. Comments 5

An administrator at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro has agreed to reimburse nearly $30,000 to the university for student housing discounts that he improperly authorized, a deputy legislative auditor told lawmakers Monday.

2 in House get behind extension unit money

posted: 12/14/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

House Speaker-designate Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, says boosting state funding for the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture is one of his top priorities in the legislative session that starts Jan. 12.

New No. 1 looks for leader of education

posted: 12/13/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson said Friday that he'll consider current and retired school district superintendents as candidates to be the state's next education commissioner, though he expects state Education Commissioner Tony Wood to remain in the job for "some time."


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