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State Republicans adopt '14 platform

posted: 07/20/2014 2:55 a.m. Comments 2

HOT SPRINGS -- With Republicans seeking control of all six of the state's seats in the U.S. Congress and the state's seven constitutional offices in the November general election, Republicans vying for the state's top offices told their party's state convention delegates Saturday that they want to cut taxes, reduce regulation and hold President Barack Obama's administration accountable.

Reed resigns Capitol position

posted: 07/19/2014 2:40 a.m. Discuss

Secretary of State Mark Martin's internal communications manager, Alex Reed, has stepped down, nearly three months after he resigned from the Pulaski County Election Commission and was removed as campaign treasurer for Republican congressional candidate Ann Clemmer.

Ethics Commission to seek staff funds

posted: 07/19/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Ethics Commission will ask for funds to add three employees to its nine-member staff starting in July 2015, the beginning of a new fiscal year, the commission's director said Friday.

$1.6 million to add scholarships

posted: 07/18/2014 3:33 a.m. Discuss

The state Department of Higher Education expects to use $1.6 million of the state's rainy-day funds to provide about 160 more Governor's Distinguished Scholarships this year than the 300 or so it usually funds each year, the department's director told lawmakers Thursday.

Lottery weighs moving center in Springdale

posted: 07/17/2014 3:54 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Lottery Commission is considering relocating its Springdale claims center and will soon weigh whether to renew the leases for its claims centers in Camden and Jonesboro.

For 2nd year, lottery shows revenue drop

posted: 07/16/2014 4:40 a.m. Comments 4

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue dipped in fiscal 2014 by $29.5 million from fiscal 2013 to $410.6 million as the amount raised for college scholarships slipped by $8.9 million to $81.4 million.

Ross unveils plan for crime reduction

posted: 07/16/2014 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross said Tuesday that he wants tougher sentences for repeat and violent offenders, additional hiring of probation and parole officers and increased spending to combat child abuse and domestic violence.

Lottery's oversight too loose, some say

posted: 07/06/2014 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

Now that the Legislature has passed a bill imposing a temporary ban on the Arkansas lottery offering electronic monitor games, some lawmakers say they want to explore whether to restructure the lottery and make it part of a state agency that works for the governor.

Lottery's chief gets 2% bonus

posted: 07/04/2014 2:29 a.m. Comments 2

The director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, Bishop Woosley, has received a 2 percent merit bonus.

State rolls up surplus of $78 million for year

posted: 07/03/2014 5:04 a.m. Comments 3

The state government accumulated a $78.7 million general-revenue surplus in fiscal 2014, which ended Monday.

Lawmakers make short work of bills

posted: 07/02/2014 4:47 a.m. Comments 2

Early this morning, the Arkansas House of Representatives and Senate passed legislation boosting funding for the public school employees health insurance plan.

Bill delaying quick-draw advances

posted: 07/01/2014 4:28 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery would be barred from deploying electronic monitor games until mid-March under a bill that cleared a legislative committee Monday night.

Hays vows to forgo perks, calls for Hill to join him

posted: 07/01/2014 3:09 a.m. Discuss

Democratic U.S. House of Representatives candidate Patrick Henry Hays on Monday signed a pledge to not accept what he calls "congressional perks" and challenged his Republican opponent French Hill to do so, too.

Lottery is seen as session's wild card

posted: 06/29/2014 3:43 a.m. Comment 1

In the special session convening Monday, Arkansas' lawmakers will consider legislation to increase funding for prison beds and for school employees' health insurance. Another bill would prohibit the state lottery from deploying electronic monitor games.

Bill to thwart lottery game put on agenda

posted: 06/28/2014 3:34 a.m. Discuss

In the special session starting Monday, lawmakers will consider legislation to bar the state lottery from offering electronic monitor games, Gov. Mike Beebe said Friday.

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