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Leaders picked for panel on raising officials' pay

posted: 12/19/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

The state's citizens commission considering raising the annual salaries of the state's elected officials Thursday elected former state Ethics Commissioner Larry Ross of Sherwood as its chairman and attorney Chuck Banks of Little Rock as its vice chairman.

ASU hires higher-ed director for government-relations job

posted: 12/18/2014 3:26 a.m. Discuss

The director of the state Department of Higher Education, Shane Broadway, will start work as the Arkansas State University System's vice president for governmental relations at an annual salary of $185,000 next year, system officials said Wednesday.

Agencies' directors changing

posted: 12/18/2014 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson selected state Rep. Allen Kerr, R-Little Rock, as the state's next insurance commissioner and Brig. Gen. Mark Berry as the next adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard on Wednesday.

Lottery's Monopoly game to end

posted: 12/17/2014 3:22 a.m. Discuss

Along with other state lotteries, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will stop selling the Monopoly Millionaires Club draw-game ticket Dec. 26, the lottery's director said Tuesday.

Teacher retirement fund sells 38 acres in LR

posted: 12/17/2014 3:11 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System has sold land in west Little Rock for $1.85 million to an intermediary for Crain Family Holdings LLC, said system Executive Director George Hopkins.

Administrator to reimburse ASU $29,349

posted: 12/16/2014 3:39 a.m. Comments 5

An administrator at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro has agreed to reimburse nearly $30,000 to the university for student housing discounts that he improperly authorized, a deputy legislative auditor told lawmakers Monday.

2 in House get behind extension unit money

posted: 12/14/2014 3:16 a.m. Discuss

House Speaker-designate Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, says boosting state funding for the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture is one of his top priorities in the legislative session that starts Jan. 12.

New No. 1 looks for leader of education

posted: 12/13/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson said Friday that he'll consider current and retired school district superintendents as candidates to be the state's next education commissioner, though he expects state Education Commissioner Tony Wood to remain in the job for "some time."

Hutchinson touts computer courses

posted: 12/12/2014 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that he hopes his proposal to give high school core graduation credits for computer science classes is one of the first 10 measures that clear the Legislature in the session starting Jan. 12.

Higher-ed chief interviews at ASU

posted: 12/11/2014 3:43 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas State University System officials interviewed state Department of Higher Education Director Shane Broadway for an opening Monday -- three days after Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson said he'd asked Broadway to stay in his current job.

Beebe reaffirms stance against gay marriage

posted: 12/11/2014 3:35 a.m. Discuss

With the state Supreme Court about to rule on the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban, departing Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday that he still believes that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

Beebe reaffirms gay-nuptial view

posted: 12/11/2014 3:35 a.m. Discuss

With the state Supreme Court about to rule on the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban, departing Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday that he still believes that marriage is a union between a man and a woman.

Issue 3 raises exec's concern

posted: 12/09/2014 3:37 a.m. Comment 1

A constitutional amendment extending term limits for state lawmakers, prohibiting lobbyists from giving certain gifts to state elected officials, and banning direct corporate and union contributions to candidates is "another lawyers' relief act," the president and chief executive officer of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce warned Monday.

Republicans in state retain party chief, cheer victories

updated: 12/06/2014 10:32 p.m. Discuss

BENTON -- The Republican Party's State Committee re-elected party Chairman Doyle Webb of Benton on Saturday as Republicans reveled in their historic gains in the Nov. 4 election as well as the opportunities they'll have in governing the state.

Bill takes aim at scholarships

updated: 12/06/2014 2:44 a.m. Discuss

State Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, proposed legislation Friday to stiffen the requirements for high school graduates to receive Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships.

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