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Arkansas panel OKs creating new parks exec post

posted: 10/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel on Tuesday approved the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism's plan to create a deputy director post for the Parks Division, which department Director Kane Webb said would make more efficient the management of parks and War Memorial Stadium.

Vogelpohl to lead tort-law bid

posted: 10/18/2017 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's former chief of staff, Carl Vogelpohl, will manage the campaign by a committee of business interests to persuade Arkansans to vote for a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit certain damage awards in lawsuits, the committee announced Tuesday.

Democrat announces run for state House seat, says legislator a 'puppet for her husband'

posted: 10/17/2017 4:31 a.m. Discuss

Democrat Kim Snow said Monday that she's running next year for the seat held by state Rep. Charlene Fite, R-Van Buren, who is seeking re-election.

Hutchinson leads in campaign funds; $1.55M reported despite filing glitch

posted: 10/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's re-election campaign had $1.55 million in the bank at the end of last month, the Republican incumbent's campaign reported Monday.

Arkansas lawmaker targets misuse of tax credit

posted: 10/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

State Sen. Eddie Joe Williams, R-Cabot, is aiming to crack down on people who illegally claim more than one homestead property-tax credit because he says such claims potentially are costing the state millions of dollars.

State audit says $1.5M gone from 1 Arkansas city's accounts; FBI, IRS look into vanished fees, fines

posted: 10/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

The FBI and the IRS are investigating about $1.57 million missing from accounts in the city of Farmington, a legislative auditor told lawmakers Friday.

Auditor says funds missing in Prescott

posted: 10/14/2017 3:27 a.m. Discuss

More than $38,000 is unaccounted for in Prescott's bond and fine account over more than two years, and the custodian of the money was an administrative assistant who resigned in December, a legislative auditor said Friday.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's September take rises $3.3M

posted: 10/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue in September increased by $3.3 million, compared with the same month a year ago, to $36.4 million, largely based on an increase in scratch-off ticket revenue.

Arkansas woman who declared her gun range a 'Muslim Free Zone' exploring run for governor

updated: 10/10/2017 1:03 p.m. Comments 21

Hot Springs Republican Jan Morgan will announce today that she's forming a committee to explore the possibility of running for governor next year, a spokesman for her said Monday.

Former DHS aide starts job as deputy AG

posted: 10/09/2017 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Brian Bowen of Little Rock, a former chief of staff to the state Department of Human Services director, has started work as the deputy attorney general for the State Agencies Department.

Benton man seeks House seat

posted: 10/09/2017 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Benton Republican Kerry Murphy said Thursday that he will run next year for the seat held by state Rep. Kim Hammer, R-Benton.

Beebe Republican seeks seat

posted: 10/09/2017 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Beebe Republican Jim Wooten said Wednesday that he is seeking election next year to the House District 45 seat held by departing House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia.

Task force on state's taxes gets down to it; 16 members voice ideas, fears

posted: 10/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Members of the Arkansas Legislature's tax overhaul task force have a wide variety of aims, ranging from wanting to have a broad overhaul of sales and income taxes to simplifying the tax code.

Former DHS aide starts job as deputy AG

posted: 10/06/2017 1:03 a.m. Discuss

Brian Bowen of Little Rock, a former chief of staff to the state Department of Human Services director, started work Monday as the deputy attorney general for the state agencies department.

Arkansas revenue logs 1.4% increase from '16, but month’s haul is shy of forecast

posted: 10/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

State general revenue in September increased by $8.2 million over year-ago figures but fell $2.8 million short of forecast for the month, a report Tuesday showed.

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