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Arkansas senator revisits race-panel idea after events in Charlottesville

posted: 08/19/2017 4:29 a.m. Comments 32

State Sen. Joyce Elliott, spurred on by a violent clash in Virginia last weekend, on Friday pleaded again with her legislative colleagues to figure out ways to foster discussions about race relations.

8 companies bid to aid state study

posted: 08/19/2017 4:27 a.m. Discuss

Eight companies are seeking a contract with the Bureau of Legislative Research to serve as a procurement consultant to help a legislative panel study the state's procurement laws, regulations and procedures, and then to recommend changes.

Panel approves extension of Arkansas lottery's Intralot pact

posted: 08/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's proposed seven-year extension of its multimillion-dollar gaming contract with Greece-based Intralot Inc. cleared a legislative panel Thursday, after the lottery's director said the agency would probably pay more if it sought bids.

2 senior aides leave Arkansas governor's office

posted: 08/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Andrew "Vu" Ritchie, a senior policy adviser to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, is departing the governor's office to be senior counselor at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Washington, D.C., Hutchinson spokesman J.R. Davis said Thursday.

Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System investments up; increase $676M for fiscal ’17

posted: 08/17/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The trustees for the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System on Wednesday signaled their intent to raise the rate charged to state and local governments in fiscal 2019, after they learned the value of the system's investments increased by $676 million to $8.3 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Panel backs Arkansas legislator's wife for education post

posted: 08/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel on Tuesday signed off on the state Department of Higher Education's plan to hire former Lee County School District Superintendent Willie Murdock -- the wife of Rep. Reginald Murdock, D-Marianna -- at an annual salary of $85,000, after two lawmakers raised questions about the proposal.

Governor trumpets pro-Israel bond acts

posted: 08/15/2017 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas has signaled that it intends to invest in Israel and, through the enactment of two laws during this year's regular session, is standing up to a movement that seeks to boycott, divest from and punish the Middle Eastern country, Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the U.S., said Monday.

New pay plan benefits state workers at top and at bottom

posted: 08/13/2017 4:29 a.m. Discuss

The biggest beneficiaries of the overhaul of the state government pay plan work in a wide range of categories: some agency administrators, registered nurses, information-technology employees and various entry-level workers.

Arkansas lottery revenue in July $36.8M, a drop from '16

posted: 08/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue and the amount raised for college scholarships dipped in July from a year ago when the lottery posted record revenue and net proceeds for the month.

5 firms apply for tax adviser

posted: 08/11/2017 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Five companies are seeking a contract with the Bureau of Legislative Research to be its tax consultant to the Legislature's tax-overhaul task force.

Arkansas lottery execs favor 7-year, no-bid deal

posted: 08/10/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery wants to extend its contract with a Greece-based company by seven years without seeking bids, a move that lottery Director Bishop Woosley estimates would save the lottery about $2.145 million over eight years because the company is offering to reduce the rate it charges.

War Memorial Stadium board's director to resign

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

The War Memorial Stadium Commission's executive director, Jerry Cohen, is departing for another job, state Department of Parks and Tourism Director Kane Webb said Monday.

5 Arkansas researchers to receive $75,000 grants from alliance

posted: 08/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Five researchers in Arkansas will each receive $75,000 grants over three years under the Arkansas Research Alliance's fellows program to recognize university research leaders, officials said Thursday.

Arkansas law kicks in allowing debit card use in lottery

posted: 08/02/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

For now, the owner of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's top-selling retailer is hedging his bets on debit cards.

Hutchinson among governors summoned to White House session on health care

posted: 08/01/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other governors were summoned to the White House on Monday to discuss options with President Donald Trump's administration for improving the health care system and reducing long-term costs for the state and across the nation, the governor said Monday.






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