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Recent Stories by Michael R. Wickline

Two seek state House seat after lawmaker takes post

posted: 08/31/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

State Rep. Bill Gossage, R-Ozark, is resigning from the House to start work as Gov. Asa Hutchinson's deputy chief of staff for external operations, Hutchinson said Tuesday.

Recruiting lottery sellers a tall order

posted: 08/28/2016 5:30 a.m. Discuss

Back on May 2, Arkansas lottery Director Bishop Woosley was puzzled about how consultant Camelot Global Services would help the agency accomplish a goal of signing up 100 new retailers to sell tickets in May and June.

Senate candidate's loans to campaign top $117,000

posted: 08/28/2016 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Rep. David Wallace, R-Leachville, lent his state Senate campaign another $12,300 last month, increasing his total loans to more than $117,000 in his bid to oust Sen. David Burnett, D-Osceola, according to Wallace's latest campaign finance report.

Council allows VA’s $850,000 suit settlement

posted: 08/21/2016 1:03 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay to settle a lawsuit by its employees over the agency’s policy of docking workers for lunch breaks whether or not they took time off.

Governor aide gets pay raise

posted: 08/20/2016 5:26 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday signed off on state agencies' requests for approval of proposed new jobs and pay raises for the spouses of three state lawmakers, including a $27,000-a-year pay raise for Gov. Asa Hutchinson aide Phyllis Bell -- the wife of Rep. Nate Bell, an independent from Mena.

Ethics unit issues political advisory to medical group

updated: 08/20/2016 3:19 a.m. Discuss

If the Arkansas Medical Society uses 2 percent or more of its annual revenue, operating expenses or funds to make contributions exceeding $10,000 to a ballot-question committee, it would be required to register itself as such a committee and file financial reports, the Arkansas Ethics Commission said Friday in an advisory opinion.

Council slashes panel's award

posted: 08/20/2016 2:50 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday cut by $70,000 the state Claims Commission's award of $320,000 against the Department of Human Services in the case of a partially paralyzed man who died at a state nursing home in 2013 after his breathing tube fell out.

Council allows VA's $850,000 suit settlement

posted: 08/20/2016 2:46 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay to settle a lawsuit by its employees over the agency's policy of docking workers for lunch breaks whether or not they took time off.

State police retirement system sees loss

posted: 08/19/2016 2:34 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas State Police Retirement System's investments dipped in value by $6.7 million last fiscal year to $272.9 million, according to a report to the system's board of trustees Thursday.

Fund for state pensions sheds $196M in fiscal '16

posted: 08/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System's investments dropped by $196 million in value last fiscal year to $7.62 billion in what its investment consultant described as "a very tumultuous year" for stock markets, the system's trustees learned Wednesday.

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