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Michael R. Wickline

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Mosaic Templars site in Little Rock set for revamp, agencies' use

posted: 04/24/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Mosaic Templars State Temple in Little Rock will be renovated at a projected cost of about $500,000 and become home to the offices for the Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and Arkansas Health Services Permit Agency later this year, state officials said Monday.

Hopefuls for Senate seat weigh in on state issues

posted: 04/23/2018 1 a.m. Discuss

Democrat Teresa Gallegos and Republican Breanne Davis, Russellville residents vying for a vacant state Senate seat, are at odds over issues such as raising the state's minimum wage, a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit certain damages in civil lawsuits and abortion.

One Arkansas Senate seat will be focus of 2 separate votes on May 22

posted: 04/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Fort Smith voters will cast ballots in two primary elections May 22, seeking to fill the same state Senate position over two terms and involving mostly the same candidates.

Hopefuls for state Senate seat weigh in on minimum wage, proposed constitutional amendment

posted: 04/21/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Democrat Teresa Gallegos and Republican Breanne Davis, Russellville residents vying for a vacant state Senate seat, are at odds over issues such as raising the state's minimum wage, a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit certain damages in civil lawsuits and abortion.

Suit alleges Arkansas lawmaker up for re-election lives outside district

posted: 04/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A Scott County man wants a Pulaski County circuit judge to rule that state House Republican leader Marcus Richmond is ineligible to run for re-election in a west-central Arkansas House district because he hasn't lived in the district for more than a year.

Lawsuit asks candidate for Arkansas House to prove he lives in district

posted: 04/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The executive director of the state Republican Party on Wednesday asked a circuit judge to rule that Democrat Morgan Wiles doesn't belong on an election ballot because he doesn't live in the state House district in south-central Arkansas to which he is seeking election this year.

GOP governor candidate Jan Morgan raises $26,000 in March

posted: 04/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 4

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jan Morgan raised more than $26,000 in campaign contributions in March, according to her latest campaign finance report.

Arkansas AG rejects casino measure for 4th time

posted: 04/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

For the fourth time this year, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected the ballot information for a constitutional amendment that would authorize the creation of casinos in Arkansas.

State hopefuls file finances for March

posted: 04/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson raised more than $272,000 in campaign contributions in March, while Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Henderson garnered more than $42,000 last month, according to their latest campaign finance reports.

Capitol expense reports revised after Arkansas legislators asked about trips in ’17

posted: 04/15/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

State Rep. Doug House, R-North Little Rock, paid back $550 to an agricultural supply company that covered his mileage and hotel expenses when he spoke Nov. 30 to Tennessee legislators in Nashville about medical marijuana, according to House and a company official.

Opponents give views in special Senate race

posted: 04/15/2018 3:36 a.m. Discuss

In their state Senate race, Democrat Steven McNeely of Jacksonville and Republican Ricky Hill of Cabot disagree over Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to cut the state's top individual income tax rate and over the Legislature's proposed constitutional amendment that would limit certain awards for damages in civil suits.

Arkansas AG gets wording on ballot proposal to raise minimum wage to $11

posted: 04/14/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 10

Attorney David Couch of Little Rock is proposing a ballot measure that would raise the state's minimum wage of $8.50 per hour to $11 an hour by 2021.

Governor: Tax panel on right path

posted: 04/14/2018 2:23 a.m. Discuss

The state's sales tax exemptions for agricultural and manufacturing inputs and the state income tax exemption for Texarkana are justified, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday.

The Trump effect on Arkansas voters debated

posted: 04/13/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The chiefs of the Arkansas Republican and Democratic parties on Thursday disagreed over what impact Republican President Donald Trump will have on state elections this year.

State's lottery hits a $53.5M March record

posted: 04/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Boosted by a Powerball jackpot hitting $456 million and a Mega Millions jackpot reaching $521 million, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue totaled $53.5 million in March and exceeded the lottery's previous record set six years ago.

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