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Arkansas expects Election Day surge

posted: 10/23/2016 4:08 a.m. Discuss

Officials working for Secretary of State Mark Martin expect turnout for the Nov. 8 general election to be higher than in the past two presidential election years of 2008 and 2012, a spokesman said.

Tax cut, experience key in state Senate race

posted: 10/23/2016 3:38 a.m. Discuss

In his attempt to beat Sen. Jane English of North Little Rock, Democratic candidate Joe Woodson Jr. is panning the Republican incumbent over her support for legislation exempting capital gains in excess of $10 million from income taxes.

$1.5M rise for tourism ads rejected

posted: 10/23/2016 2:45 a.m. Discuss

State lawmakers on Thursday rejected a request from the Department of Parks and Tourism to increase its $11.3 million-a-year advertising budget for tourism promotion by $1.5 million in each of the next two fiscal years.

County judge sanctioned

posted: 10/23/2016 1:01 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Ethics Commission sanctioned County Judge Terry Ott of Marion County for a violation of state ethics law by fining him $250 and giving him a public letter of reprimand, commission Director Graham Sloan said Friday.

County judge sanctioned

posted: 10/22/2016 2:28 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Ethics Commission sanctioned County Judge Terry Ott of Marion County for a violation of state ethics law by fining him $250 and giving him a public letter of reprimand, commission Director Graham Sloan said Friday.

War Memorial Stadium funding taken up by panel; cuts pose crisis, lawmakers told

posted: 10/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 3

After an emotional debate for more than an hour, lawmakers on Thursday failed to decide whether to draft a bill for Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to cut funding for War Memorial Stadium from $895,171 in the fiscal year that starts next July 1 to $447,647 the following fiscal year.

Proposal halves state aid for War Memorial Stadium

posted: 10/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is proposing slicing state general revenue for War Memorial Stadium starting July 1, 2018.

Poultry, livestock plan: Let helm go

posted: 10/20/2016 2:12 a.m. Discuss

The state Department of Agriculture plans to eliminate the vacant Livestock and Poultry Commission director post and hire a new deputy director to handle those duties, Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward said Wednesday.

Arkansas Senate candidate gives back 6 more contributions

posted: 10/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

State Sen. David Burnett, D-Osceola, this week reported returning six more campaign contributions totaling $3,100 from five businesses and an association, in response to an ethics complaint filed by Craighead County Republican Party Chairman Billie Sue Hoggard alleging that he illegally accepted contributions from 14 businesses and entities.

Auditors: State Treasurer misspent on course

posted: 10/15/2016 3:36 a.m. Discuss

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan's four-year, $450,000 contract with a company to provide a digital financial literacy course for students in grades four through six in Arkansas schools doesn't appear to be within the scope of his office's duties under the Arkansas Constitution and state law, legislative auditors said this week.

State's high court deals casinos out; in 6-1 ruling, ballot title deemed flawed

posted: 10/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to authorize three casinos in southwest and Northwest Arkansas.

Gov. Hutchinson, other officials talk up visit to China

posted: 10/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and four other state officials are traveling Saturday to China in hopes of luring another Asian company to locate in the Natural State.

Auditors flag contract used to snag DHS chief

posted: 10/14/2016 3:15 a.m. Comment 1

Legislative auditors Thursday questioned whether the state Department of Human Services circumvented the Arkansas Constitution and state law with its two-month contract with Cindy Gillespie before she formally assumed her current position as executive director at a $280,000-a-year salary.

Senate rivals Boozman, Eldridge focus on pair at top of ballot

posted: 10/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman and his Democratic challenger, Conner Eldridge, clashed Wednesday over the presidential nominees of their political parties.

State lottery's revenue falls $3M from 2015

posted: 10/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue slipped in September by $3 million over the same month a year ago to $33.1 million as both scratch-off and draw-game sales dipped.




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