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Michael R. Wickline

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Disability-rights protesters rally ahead of voting

posted: 09/17/2014 3:53 a.m. Discuss

For the second day in a row, several hundred protesters filled sidewalks and streets outside Little Rock politicians' offices, seeking support for disability rights in Arkansas.

Republican Caucus pitches workforce change, suit limits

posted: 09/17/2014 3:50 a.m. Discuss

In its bid to keep majority control of the state House of Representatives, the state House Republican Caucus wants to improve workforce development, place certain limits on lawsuits and possibly trim unemployment benefits.

Hutchinson tops Ross in August fund race

posted: 09/16/2014 4:21 a.m. Discuss

Aided by fundraisers featuring former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson raised about $50,000 more in contributions than Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross in August, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday.

Look at schools' Internet is closer

posted: 09/16/2014 3:40 a.m. Discuss

The Legislative Council should hire telecommunications consultant CT&T Inc. of North Little Rock to conduct a study of broadband access to each public school in Arkansas, after the firm submitted a bid to do the work for up to $993,780, a legislative panel decided Monday.

Wage vote stirs 2nd District race

posted: 09/13/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Democratic congressional candidate Patrick Henry Hays said Wednesday that he's confused about Republican opponent French Hill's position on a state ballot measure that would increase the state's minimum wage.

State's full-time staff dips by 71

posted: 09/07/2014 3:44 a.m. Comment 1

The number of full-time Arkansas employees decreased slightly during the past fiscal year, the second decline in four years, state officials said.

Hutchinson backs minimum-wage measure

posted: 09/06/2014 3:26 a.m. Comment 1

Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson, who had opposed a ballot measure to raise the state's minimum wage, said Friday that he now plans to vote for the initiative on the November ballot.

Darr repays state $10,973 misspent while in office

posted: 09/05/2014 3:14 a.m. Discuss

Former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr reimbursed $10,973 to the state for improper expenses, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday.

State receipts for August top forecast

posted: 09/04/2014 5 a.m. Discuss

State general revenue in August increased by $14 million over a year ago to $457 million in what the state's chief fiscal officer said reflected the state's slow economic growth.

Panel backs dismissal of sign-loan lawsuit

posted: 09/04/2014 3:58 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a Craighead County circuit judge's ruling dismissing a negligence lawsuit filed by a furniture store owner against state Rep. Wes Wagner, D-Manila.

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.

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