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Democrat tells GOP to boot election commissioner who brandished gun

posted: 06/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

State Democratic Party Chairman Vince Insalaco said Thursday that Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb should replace Stu Soffer on the state Board of Election Commissioners, noting that Soffer brandished a gun during a dispute with a former Jefferson County election commissioner in April.

Casino measure backer: Tribe's a partner

posted: 06/24/2016 2:28 a.m. Comment 1

The committee formed to promote a proposed constitutional amendment to authorize up to three casinos in southwest and Northwest Arkansas said Thursday that Cherokee Nation Entertainment would be involved in a proposed casino, hotel and entertainment complex in Washington County if voters approve the amendment.

Eldridge: In favor of gun bill

posted: 06/23/2016 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Conner Eldridge said Wednesday that he would have voted for a measure to bar gun sales to people on the terror watch list that Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman voted against.

State treasury's profits $42.2M so far in 2016

posted: 06/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The state treasury earned $42.2 million on $3 billion in investments in the first 11 months of this fiscal year, and that's almost double the earnings of the previous year, Treasurer Dennis Milligan told the Board of Finance on Tuesday.

State sells its in-home care setup to firm; services go to $39M bidder

posted: 06/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Kindred Healthcare Inc. is under contract to purchase the Arkansas Department of Health's in-home health care services for $39 million, the company and state announced Monday.

Tax liens hit five in Arkansas' Assembly

posted: 06/19/2016 5:29 a.m. Comment 1

Five state lawmakers and one legislative candidate -- or companies connected to them -- have had state tax liens filed against them this year.

Paying IRS debt, says Fort Smith’s Sen. Files

posted: 06/19/2016 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Sen. Jake Files, R-Fort Smith, the chairman of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee, said Friday that he’s working under a payment plan to resolve a federal tax lien for more than $111,000 against a company owned by him.

PAC to pay $200 fine over mailers, ads

posted: 06/18/2016 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Officials for the Conservative Arkansas Political Action Committee have agreed to pay a $200 fine and receive a public letter of caution from the Arkansas Ethics Commission in a settlement of a complaint filed by a Farmington man against the group.

Lottery scholarship lift seen; state forecasts $12M-$13M increase in fiscal ’16 proceeds

posted: 06/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Thursday that he expects the lottery to raise about $84 million to $85 million for college scholarships in the fiscal year ending June 30 "if things hold pat and we don't have any big prizes or surprises" in the next two weeks.

Funds OK'd for libraries, senior centers

posted: 06/16/2016 3:20 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel signed off Wednesday on distributing rainy-day funds -- $1 million to public libraries and $1 million to senior citizens centers -- in the next fiscal year in order to restore money cut by the 2015 Legislature.

Hutchinson: Meeting with Trump 'helpful'

posted: 06/15/2016 5:42 a.m. Comments 7

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said it was "helpful" to meet with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump privately on Tuesday in New York.

Shift to put state's past in new site, but where?

updated: 06/12/2016 4:15 a.m. Comments 2

The Department of Arkansas Heritage's Collections Management Facility in Little Rock is an option to consider as a future site for the state's archives, but there are other options to consider, department Director Stacy Hurst said.

New totals indicate lottery on roll for '16

updated: 06/11/2016 3:54 a.m. Discuss

During the first 11 months of fiscal 2016, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue and net proceeds for college scholarships have each exceeded totals for the previous fiscal year, the lottery reported Friday.

State history agencies prepare for changes

posted: 06/10/2016 5:46 a.m. Comment 1

The Department of Arkansas Heritage will retain History Commission Director Lisa Speer when the smaller agency is melded into the department in July, heritage Director Stacy Hurst told the commission Thursday.

U.S. election panel paid for D.C. trip, Arkansas secretary of state reports

posted: 06/09/2016 5:40 a.m. Discuss

Secretary of State Mark Martin disclosed this week that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission paid $1,792.56 for his airfare, lodging, meals and other expenses for his trip to Washington, D.C., last August for the commission's election-data conference.

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