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Lottery forced to tap reserve

posted: 04/19/2014 3:44 a.m. Comments 5

The state Department of Higher Education has spent nearly $113 million on lottery-financed Arkansas Academic Challenge scholarships in the fiscal year that will end June 30 — a $20 million dip from the previous fiscal year — after the 2013 Legislature overhauled the program and cut the scholarships for some future recipients.

Governor hopefuls woo veterans

posted: 04/19/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates for governor pledged Friday to work with the Arkansas Veterans Coalition to try to implement its legislative agenda.

Light’s green for on-screen lottery games

posted: 04/17/2014 5:29 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Lottery Commission will pursue the implementation of electronic-monitor games, the commission decided Wednesday — a day after a majority of the Legislature’s lottery oversight committee declared its opposition to the games.

Out of gate, lottery idea a bust for 12

posted: 04/16/2014 5:17 a.m. Comments 2

In an unprecedented move, the Legislature’s lottery oversight committee on Tuesday declared its opposition to the Arkansas Lottery Commission implementing electronic-monitor games, after several lawmakers questioned the merits of the games.

Fund to study retirement center

posted: 04/15/2014 4:05 a.m. Discuss

The trustees for the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System on Monday directed their executive director to study the possibility of either leasing out the Woodland Heights retirement center in Little Rock to a contractor or selling it.

Private-option law focus in GOP race

posted: 04/13/2014 4:39 a.m. Comments 2

State Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, who voted for Medicaid expansion in 2013 and then voted against it this year, will have to defeat a foe of the expansion in the May 20 primary to return to the Legislature in 2015.

2 vexed at Texarkana’s failure to fix audit findings

posted: 04/12/2014 3:51 a.m. Discuss

Two state lawmakers from Texarkana said they’re frustrated that the city’s officials haven’t yet fixed problems identified by auditors after a probe of financial incentives from the city to a developer of a new hotel-convention center and water park.

Lobbyist hopefuls cut to 3

posted: 04/10/2014 4:46 a.m. Discuss

A search committee at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has winnowed the field of 42 applicants for its vice chancellor for governmental relations job to three finalists — the Republican chairman of the state Senate Education Committee, the state director for Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, and a former aide to former Democratic U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

One ‘no’ means no appointment

posted: 04/06/2014 4:34 a.m. Discuss

Last fall, Gov. Mike Beebe planned to appoint a Searcy County Quorum Court member to the state’s Towing and Recovery board.

Bookout is fined $4,000 for 2010 ethics violations

posted: 04/05/2014 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Former state Sen. Paul Bookout has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine to the Arkansas Ethics Commission for four violations of state ethics laws during the 2010 election in a settlement of a complaint filed by conservative blogger and accountant Jason Tolbert of Benton.

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