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Senator says hire a lottery adviser

posted: 08/31/2014 5:10 a.m. Discuss

State Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, wants the Legislative Council to hire a consultant to review the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's operations and make recommendations to improve a lottery that's experienced dips in ticket sales and funds for scholarships during the past two fiscal years.

Lawmaker chastised on ethics violation

posted: 08/29/2014 2:29 a.m. Comment 1

State Rep. John Burris, R-Harrison, will receive a public letter of caution from the state Ethics Commission for violating ethics law by failing to disclose certain information on his personal financial-disclosure reports, according to commission records released Thursday.

Judges toss jobless benefits' denial

posted: 08/28/2014 3:59 a.m. Discuss

A former employee for Packers Sanitation -- who threw up at work and was fired after she left without permission -- was unreasonably denied unemployment assistance by the state Board of Review, the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.

Christie in state to raise money, tout Hutchinson

posted: 08/28/2014 3:52 a.m. Discuss

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie raised money for Arkansas Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday and warned that Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross would raise taxes and bring Washington-style politics to Arkansas if elected.

Official: 'Soon' Darr'll pay up

posted: 08/26/2014 3:59 a.m. Comment 1

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office expects former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to reimburse the state $10,973 for improper expenses "very soon," a spokesman for McDaniel said Monday after Darr, who is now a car salesman, declined to comment about the debt.

Ross unveils plan to support veterans

posted: 08/26/2014 3:26 a.m. Comment 1

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross unveiled his six-pronged plan Monday to support veterans, including making it easier for them to get professional licenses and receive college credit through the state.

Democrats adopt '14 party platform

posted: 08/24/2014 3:21 a.m. Discuss

Democrats seeking the state's top offices said Saturday that they want to work to improve the plight of working families, and their state convention adopted a party platform advocating measures aimed at doing that.

Ross, Hutchinson battle on budget

posted: 08/23/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross warned county officials Friday about Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson's tax-cut plan, saying Hutchinson wants to cut income taxes by $100 million in his first year and then worry about balancing the budget and funding public education, Medicaid and public safety programs.

Public workers' pension lode up by $1.1 billion

posted: 08/22/2014 4:33 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System's investments increased in value by $1.1 billion in fiscal 2014 to $7.8 billion as the system reaped gains from robust stock markets, the system's investment consultant reported this week.

Hutchinson gets Romney’s support

posted: 08/21/2014 3:56 a.m. Discuss

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, endorsed Arkansas Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday and then held a fundraiser for Hutchinson's campaign.

Teacher system's ventures earn 19%

posted: 08/20/2014 5:05 a.m. Comment 1

Fueled by rising stock markets, the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System's investments increased in value by nearly $1.8 billion to $14.57 billion in fiscal 2014, the system's investment consultant said.

Clinton praises Beebe's work

posted: 08/16/2014 2:47 a.m. Comments 2

Former President Bill Clinton on Friday extolled the virtues of people working together to improve society and praised Gov. Mike Beebe for working in a bipartisan fashion to help Arkansas lead the nation in cutting the share of its population without health insurance.

Retirement system sells retail center in Spa City

posted: 08/16/2014 2:46 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System has sold the Southcenter Shopping Center in Hot Springs for $12.75 million to a company based in eastern Idaho, system Executive Director George Hopkins said Friday.

Again, lottery's take off, yield up

posted: 08/15/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

For the third consecutive year, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's ticket revenue dipped in July from the previous year.

Ross takes aim at Hutchinson over 2001 letter

posted: 08/15/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross assailed Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson on Thursday for suggesting creating personal retirement accounts in the Social Security program in 2001.

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