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Teacher retirees' portfolio declines

posted: 11/24/2015 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System's investments dropped by $872 million in value to $14.1 billion last quarter largely due to a downturn in stock markets, the system's investment consultant reported.

Boozman favors more airstrikes

updated: 11/21/2015 3:44 a.m. Comment 1

The war against radical Islam isn't working, and the United States should at least increase its airstrikes against the Islamic State, U.S. Sen. John Boozman said Friday.

Firm paid $59,000 in state hire

posted: 11/19/2015 3:22 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Economic Development Foundation paid a Tupelo, Miss.-based executive search firm about $59,000 for its work helping Gov. Asa Hutchinson hire a director for the state's economic development agency earlier this year, foundation Chairman Gus Vratsinas said Wednesday.

Seesaw stocks a wild ride for retiree system

posted: 11/19/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System's investments dropped by $516.3 million in value to $7.3 billion during "a rough quarter" for stock market investments but has since bounced back, system officials told the system's board of trustees Wednesday.

Urged by governor, panel backs hiring search firm to fill DHS helm

posted: 11/18/2015 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to hire a Tupelo, Miss.-based executive-search consultant to conduct a nationwide search for possible candidates to replace John Selig, departing director of the state Department of Human Services.

Libertarian ends House bid, says he's not ready for race

posted: 11/18/2015 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Libertarian candidate Kyle Adams of Swain won't be challenging state Rep. David Branscum, R-Marshall, in the 2016 election.

Libertarian ends state House bid days after filing

posted: 11/17/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Libertarian candidate Kyle Adams of Swain won't be challenging state Rep. David Branscum, R-Marshall, in the 2016 election.

State-filings list heavy on GOP

updated: 11/15/2015 4:31 a.m. Comment 1

Nearly twice as many Arkansas Republicans as Democrats filed for state and federal offices, and officials for the parties disagree about what that means for the 2016 election.

Lottery posts best October since 2011's

posted: 11/12/2015 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery in October experienced its strongest ticket sales, at $35.2 million, for that month since 2011.

2 incumbents draw rivals as filing ends

posted: 11/10/2015 5:45 a.m. Discuss

On the final day of filing for state and federal offices in Arkansas, two members of the congressional delegation drew primary election opponents, and the number of presidential candidates rose to 13 Republicans and six Democrats.

Group will vet Milligan deputy

posted: 11/08/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Ethics Commission will investigate a complaint that state Treasurer Dennis Milligan's deputy chief of staff violated state law in his previous job as a lobbyist in 2013 and 2014 by failing to include on his lobbyist disclosure reports that he purchased Facebook advertising for Milligan's candidacy, commission Director Graham Sloan said.

More file as candidates as state deadline nears

posted: 11/07/2015 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Circuit Judge Dan Kemp of Mountain View filed papers to run for chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday -- four days after state Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson filed for the same post.

List of candidates filing in state grows

posted: 11/06/2015 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

More than 20 candidates made their campaigns official in the state Capitol on Thursday -- roughly the same number as the day before.

State to randomly check schools' private audits

posted: 11/06/2015 3:01 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel Thursday approved a lawmaker's request for the Arkansas Legislative Audit to begin randomly checking the state's 40 school districts that contract with private firms to do their annual audits.

Will look at range of ideas for roads, Hutchinson states

posted: 11/05/2015 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Any proposed tax increase to provide more funding for the state's highways should be offset by a tax cut, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told a trucking industry group Wednesday at its national safety conference in Little Rock.



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