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Deal strengthens Iran, Hill asserts

posted: 09/02/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

U.S. Rep. French Hill said Tuesday that the Iran nuclear agreement negotiated by President Barack Obama's administration and five other nations delays Iran's nuclear program, "but in no way ends it."

Ex-lottery overseer set to lead state racing panel

posted: 08/28/2015 4:41 a.m. Discuss

The former chairman of the now-defunct Arkansas Lottery Commission, John C. "Smokey" Campbell of Hot Springs, started work this week as the director of the Arkansas Racing Commission.

New program to cut bond fees for lottery retailers

posted: 08/28/2015 4:37 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is starting a new bonding program, a move that will sharply cut bond fees for the roughly 1,900 retailers who sell lottery tickets.

Congress seat aim of Curry

posted: 08/27/2015 4:47 a.m. Discuss

Former Little Rock School Board member Dianne Curry said Wednesday that she's seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat -- held by Little Rock Republican French Hill -- and wants to work on improving the economy, education and health care.

Milligan ethics-complaint filer retracts special-ad-rate claim

posted: 08/27/2015 4:42 a.m. Discuss

Attorney Matt Campbell of Little Rock has submitted a revised ethics complaint against state Treasurer Dennis Milligan and removed his allegation that Milligan's campaign got special newspaper advertising rates that were lower than those offered to other candidates.

State loses out on bid to build Army vehicles

posted: 08/26/2015 5:51 a.m. Comments 4

More than $87 million from Arkansas taxpayers was not enough to convince the U.S. Army that the Humvee’s replacement should be made in the state.

Still trying to thwart Iran nuke deal, Cotton tells LR crowd

posted: 08/26/2015 5:25 a.m. Comments 9

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton said Tuesday that he's not ready to give up trying to persuade his colleagues to block the Iran nuclear agreement negotiated by President Barack Obama's administration and five other nations.

GOP presidential hopeful Carson to visit LR

posted: 08/26/2015 4:47 a.m. Comments 4

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson will speak Thursday in Little Rock, a spokesman for the state Republican Party said Tuesday.

Pension fund up $386M

posted: 08/25/2015 4 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System's investments increased $386 million to $14.97 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30, system executive director George Hopkins said Monday.

Teachers' pension fund up $386 million

posted: 08/25/2015 3 a.m. Comment 1

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System's investments increased from $386 million to $14.97 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30, system executive director George Hopkins said Monday.

Governor pulls transfer request

posted: 08/23/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

LITTLE ROCK -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson's administration Friday withdrew the governor's request to transfer $800,000 in rainy-day funds to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission for a research program because it turns out that the commission already has the funds it needs for the program, state budget administrator Duncan Baird said Friday.

Legislative Council signs off on watershed hog-farm ban

posted: 08/22/2015 3:36 a.m. Discuss

A proposed five-year ban on new medium and large hog farms in the Buffalo National River watershed cleared the Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday, after an unsuccessful bid by state Rep. Nate Bell, I-Mena, to prevent it.

Governor pulls transfer request

posted: 08/22/2015 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's administration Friday withdrew the governor's request to transfer $800,000 in rainy-day funds to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission for a research program because it turns out that the commission already has the funds it needs for the program, state budget administrator Duncan Baird said Friday.

Lottery lobbies for consultant hire in incentive-based deal

posted: 08/21/2015 3:12 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Lottery wants to hire Camelot Global Services as a consultant to develop a business plan, and to help it increase ticket revenue and net proceeds for college scholarships, lottery Director Bishop Woosley told lawmakers Thursday.

Milligan target of ethics complaint

posted: 08/21/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

Matt Campbell, a Little Rock lawyer and blogger, has filed a wide-ranging complaint with the Arkansas Ethics Commission against Republican state Treasurer Dennis Milligan of Benton, Campbell said Thursday.

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