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Recent Stories by Michael R. Wickline

2 in race for state seat talk of issues

posted: 09/25/2016 3:55 a.m. Discuss

Hot Springs Democrat Jerry Rephan promised to introduce legislation next year to raise the state’s minimum wage from $8.50 to $10 an hour, if he’s elected in House District 25 in the Nov. 8 general election.

State's pay plan up for overhaul; wages would rise for 26,000 workers

posted: 09/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's administration Wednesday proposed an overhaul of the state's pay plan for about 26,000 full-time employees, which is projected to cost an additional $56.3 million in the next fiscal year.

$3M OK'd for repairs at Arkansas deaf, blind schools

posted: 09/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel Tuesday signed off on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's requests to transfer $3 million in rainy-day funds to the Arkansas School for the Blind and Arkansas School for the Deaf for building improvements.

2 vying for seat in House’s District 18

posted: 09/18/2016 3:03 a.m. Discuss

In his bid to oust Rep. Richard Womack of Arkadelphia, Democrat Richard Bright says the Republican incumbent has lost touch with his constituents in House District 18.

FBI reviewing state audit on agency's ex-director

posted: 09/16/2016 3:33 a.m. Comment 1

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating an Arkansas Legislative Audit report regarding former state Department of Career Education Director Bill Walker, department Director Charisse Childers said Thursday.

Lowery campaign filings probed

posted: 09/16/2016 3:25 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Ethics Commission is investigating a complaint alleging that state Rep. Mark Lowery, R-Maumelle, violated state law by filing campaign-finance reports late several times and failing to file two other campaign-finance reports.

Alcohol agency's chief enforcer is fined, cautioned

posted: 09/15/2016 5:27 a.m. Discuss

Boyce Hamlet, director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement Division, has agreed to pay a $100 fine and receive a public letter of caution in a settlement with the Arkansas Ethics Commission of a complaint filed against him, commission records show.

UCA counselors seek state funds to help parolees

posted: 09/14/2016 3:19 a.m. Discuss

University of Central Arkansas officials on Tuesday proposed a pilot program to help parolees obtain jobs by using trained career counselors who are graduate students to provide individual counseling of one hour a week until the parolees are hired.

Arkansas lottery up in August; scholarship cash flat

posted: 09/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue in August totaled $35 million, a $3.8 million increase from a year ago, the lottery reported Monday.

40 legislators join election's anti-casino side

updated: 09/13/2016 3:53 a.m. Comment 1

Forty state lawmakers have joined the efforts of a committee fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize three casinos in Arkansas' southwest and northwest, the group said Monday.

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