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Offering clear choice, 2 in Senate race say

posted: 09/21/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Conway Democrat Tyler Pearson says he's got a shot at ousting state Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, in Senate District 35 because Rapert campaigned on a moderate platform two years ago and Rapert hasn't heeded it.

Tax-cut friction heats governor debate

posted: 09/20/2014 3:31 a.m. Comments 8

Gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson jousted Friday night about their tax-cut plans, their records in Congress and negative campaign ads during a debate that Hutchinson called "a little heated."

Contract to put life in lottery advances

posted: 09/19/2014 4:40 a.m. Comments 2

A proposed contract for a consultant to review the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery sailed through a legislative panel Thursday after state Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, said the study "will help us help turn the lottery around."

Lottery-review prospect also tried to snag other study

posted: 09/18/2014 4:55 a.m. Comment 1

The consultant that lawmakers are considering hiring without seeking bids to review the Arkansas Lottery asked its commission in August to extend its deadline for submitting a bid to conduct a separate performance audit, lottery records show.

ASU chief OKs football tribute

posted: 09/18/2014 4:01 a.m. Comments 2

Arkansas State University will allow any football player who wishes to voluntarily place a NCAA-compliant sticker on his helmet to memorialize two deceased members of the football program, ASU officials said in a letter released Wednesday night.

Disability-rights protesters rally ahead of voting

posted: 09/17/2014 3:53 a.m. Discuss

For the second day in a row, several hundred protesters filled sidewalks and streets outside Little Rock politicians' offices, seeking support for disability rights in Arkansas.

Republican Caucus pitches workforce change, suit limits

posted: 09/17/2014 3:50 a.m. Discuss

In its bid to keep majority control of the state House of Representatives, the state House Republican Caucus wants to improve workforce development, place certain limits on lawsuits and possibly trim unemployment benefits.

Hutchinson tops Ross in August fund race

posted: 09/16/2014 4:21 a.m. Discuss

Aided by fundraisers featuring former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson raised about $50,000 more in contributions than Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross in August, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday.

Look at schools' Internet is closer

posted: 09/16/2014 3:40 a.m. Discuss

The Legislative Council should hire telecommunications consultant CT&T Inc. of North Little Rock to conduct a study of broadband access to each public school in Arkansas, after the firm submitted a bid to do the work for up to $993,780, a legislative panel decided Monday.

Wage vote stirs 2nd District race

posted: 09/13/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Democratic congressional candidate Patrick Henry Hays said Wednesday that he's confused about Republican opponent French Hill's position on a state ballot measure that would increase the state's minimum wage.


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