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State revenue tops forecast but falls 1.4%

posted: 10/03/2015 3:33 a.m. Comment 1

State general revenue in September slipped slightly compared with a year ago but still exceeded the state's forecast.

More candidates seek House seats

posted: 10/03/2015 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Hot Springs Republicans Les Warren and Richard Midkiff said Friday that they're vying for the state House seat held by departing Hot Springs Democrat John Vines.

Forfeiture of license accepted, court says

posted: 10/02/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

The state Supreme Court said Thursday that it has accepted the surrender of the law license of attorney Andrea Lea Davis of Hot Springs, whose relationship with then-Attorney General Dustin McDaniel led to his departure from the governor's race in 2013.

NLR mom plans House run

posted: 10/01/2015 3:08 a.m. Discuss

North Little Rock Democrat Victoria Leigh said Wednesday that she's seeking the state House of Representatives seat held by North Little Rock Republican Donnie Copeland.

Lottery hires Conway chief

posted: 09/24/2015 3:41 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has hired Conway Police Chief A.J. Gary as its new security director, lottery officials said Wednesday.

State Crime Lab examiner hiring gets panel's OK

posted: 09/24/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel on Wednesday endorsed the state Crime Laboratory's request to offer a $188,203 annual salary for an associate medical examiner in Florida to take a similar job in Arkansas.

Panel OKs $1M for Children and Family Services caseworkers

updated: 09/23/2015 4:09 a.m. Comment 1

A legislative panel on Tuesday signed off on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request to transfer $1.05 million in rainy-day funds to hire 40 more employees for the Division of Children and Family Services.

Governor names 10 to panel

posted: 09/22/2015 2:49 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has formed a 10-member Military Affairs Steering Committee in a public-private partnership to work on protecting and expanding the state's military installations and missions, Hutchinson said Monday.

Shift of primaries changes file times

updated: 09/20/2015 4:59 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas' shift of its party primary elections from May 24 to March 1 means that potential candidates for state and federal offices have less time now to decide whether to run.

Store in Bryant new king of lottery ticket-sales hill

updated: 09/20/2015 4:51 a.m. Comment 1

BRYANT -- A convenience store near the Interstate 30 overpass in Bryant has become the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's top ticket seller, dislodging an Arkansas County retailer from the top spot and outselling more than 1,900 other lottery retailers.

Panel OKs audit of prison farms

posted: 09/18/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel Thursday signed off on a request by state Sen. Eddie Joe Williams for the Arkansas Legislative Audit to conduct a special review of the state Department of Correction's farm program.

Governor opens search for new parks chief

posted: 09/17/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he's starting a search for a successor for longtime Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department Executive Director Richard Davies, who is retiring later this year.

State legislator Vines won't seek re-election

posted: 09/17/2015 3:09 a.m. Discuss

State Rep. Jon Vines, D-Hot Springs, said Wednesday that he won't seek re-election next year because he wants to spend more time on his law practice.

State payroll up by 60 after drop

posted: 09/13/2015 4:26 a.m. Comment 1

The number of full-time state employees in Arkansas increased slightly last fiscal year after dipping the previous year.

Governor office's jobs rise

updated: 09/13/2015 3:23 a.m. Discuss

The number of full-time employees increased in the offices of the governor, state treasurer and land commissioner in fiscal 2015.




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