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Web renewal of vehicle tags stuck at 14.4%

posted: 07/31/2015 2:25 a.m. Comments 4

About 14.4 percent of Arkansas' motor vehicle registration renewals are completed online each year and state officials want more Arkansans to register online, a state official told lawmakers on Thursday.

Hopper plans bid for state Senate

posted: 07/30/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Lonoke County Justice of the Peace R.D. Hopper will challenge state Sen. Eddie Joe Williams of Cabot in the March 1 Republican primary, Hopper said Wednesday.

Panic app soon to go to schools

posted: 07/25/2015 3:55 a.m. Discuss

The state Department of Emergency Management signed a $950,000 contract with a Massachusetts company to provide panic-button phone apps for employees of Arkansas' public schools, after the Legislature this year enacted a law that requires installation of the systems by Sept. 1.

Six months on job, auditor's aide quits

posted: 07/25/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Chief Deputy Auditor George Franks has resigned and plans to return to Texas after six months in the job, state Auditor Andrea Lea said Friday.

GOP hopefuls to pay '12 fees in '16 primary

posted: 07/24/2015 4:42 a.m. Discuss

The Republican Party of Arkansas will charge presidential candidates $25,000 each to appear on its March 1 primary ballot, the same fee it charged in 2012, a party spokesman said.

Lloyd to run against Woods in GOP state Senate contest

posted: 07/24/2015 4:40 a.m. Discuss

Washington County Justice of the Peace Sharon Lloyd plans to challenge state Sen. Jon Woods of Springdale in the March 1 Republican primary, Lloyd confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Big batch of latest state laws in force

posted: 07/22/2015 4:16 a.m. Comment 1

A law barring local governments from enacting and enforcing their own anti-discrimination laws becomes effective today, strengthening the hand of people seeking to eliminate gay-rights statutes.

3 consultants vie for lottery work

posted: 07/18/2015 5:11 a.m. Discuss

Three companies said Friday that they want to be hired as a consultant by Arkansas' lottery, which has seen its revenue and net proceeds for college scholarships slip for three consecutive fiscal years.

Ex-employer: Milligan aide broke rules

updated: 07/18/2015 5:08 a.m. Comment 1

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan's deputy chief of staff improperly used the resources of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and violated its internal policies by working on Milligan's campaign when he should have been doing the charity's business, a spokesman for the charity said Friday.

Aides to governor assigned new jobs

posted: 07/18/2015 5:06 a.m. Discuss

Two employees in Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office have received promotions and pay raises exceeding $20,000 per year, the governor's spokesman, J.R. Davis, said Friday.

Higher-ed panel picks leaders

posted: 07/16/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

State Rep. Mark Lowery -- who drafted legislation to merge the University of Central Arkansas into the Arkansas State University System before deciding against introducing it earlier this year -- will be a co-chairman of the legislative task force studying realigning the state's higher education institutions, the task force decided Wednesday.

State panel OKs $9.6M allocation governor sought

updated: 07/15/2015 4:18 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel Tuesday signed off on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request to transfer $9.6 million to government programs, including $4.4 million for prisons and $3 million to support county extension offices.

Milligan, aide hire law firm; Rutledge pulls out

posted: 07/15/2015 4:15 a.m. Comment 1

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office said a "conflict of interest" has forced her staff to stop representing state Treasurer Dennis Milligan and his chief of staff, Jim Harris, in a defamation lawsuit filed by the treasurer's former outreach manager, David Singer.

Lottery's year down by $9M for education

updated: 07/11/2015 4:29 a.m. Comment 1

Scholarship funds raised by Arkansas' lottery fell by $9 million in the past fiscal year to $72.4 million, even though ticket sales barely declined.

Degree requirement waived for lottery hire

posted: 07/10/2015 2:27 a.m. Comments 7

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's sales director, Mitch Chandler, didn't meet the minimum requirements for the post in the lottery's job description, according to records obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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