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Council allows VA’s $850,000 suit settlement

posted: 08/21/2016 1:03 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay to settle a lawsuit by its employees over the agency’s policy of docking workers for lunch breaks whether or not they took time off.

Governor aide gets pay raise

posted: 08/20/2016 5:26 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday signed off on state agencies' requests for approval of proposed new jobs and pay raises for the spouses of three state lawmakers, including a $27,000-a-year pay raise for Gov. Asa Hutchinson aide Phyllis Bell -- the wife of Rep. Nate Bell, an independent from Mena.

Ethics unit issues political advisory to medical group

updated: 08/20/2016 3:19 a.m. Discuss

If the Arkansas Medical Society uses 2 percent or more of its annual revenue, operating expenses or funds to make contributions exceeding $10,000 to a ballot-question committee, it would be required to register itself as such a committee and file financial reports, the Arkansas Ethics Commission said Friday in an advisory opinion.

Council slashes panel's award

posted: 08/20/2016 2:50 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday cut by $70,000 the state Claims Commission's award of $320,000 against the Department of Human Services in the case of a partially paralyzed man who died at a state nursing home in 2013 after his breathing tube fell out.

Council allows VA's $850,000 suit settlement

posted: 08/20/2016 2:46 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday authorized the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay to settle a lawsuit by its employees over the agency's policy of docking workers for lunch breaks whether or not they took time off.

State police retirement system sees loss

posted: 08/19/2016 2:34 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas State Police Retirement System's investments dipped in value by $6.7 million last fiscal year to $272.9 million, according to a report to the system's board of trustees Thursday.

Fund for state pensions sheds $196M in fiscal '16

posted: 08/18/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System's investments dropped by $196 million in value last fiscal year to $7.62 billion in what its investment consultant described as "a very tumultuous year" for stock markets, the system's trustees learned Wednesday.

Let pension portfolio be bid, senator urges

posted: 08/18/2016 3:05 a.m. Discuss

State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson on Wednesday asked on behalf of a client that the trustees of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System open a search for an investment manager for the system's Arkansas stock portfolio.

Legislative panel backs shift of $41.5M to road agency

posted: 08/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel on Tuesday approved a request from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to transfer $41.5 million in state funds to the department to be used to match additional federal highway funds.

State panel OKs spending $13M

posted: 08/17/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposals to give more than $13 million from the state's "rainy-day" fund to help a handful of projects -- including $7.5 million for workforce training grants and $4.5 million to University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' education programs -- sailed through a legislative panel Tuesday.

More signatures back casinos in Arkansas

posted: 08/16/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 5

A committee promoting a proposed constitutional amendment to authorize up to three casinos in southwest and Northwest Arkansas said it turned in nearly 50,000 more signatures of Arkansans on Monday in its bid to qualify the measure for the Nov. 8 ballot.

Lawyers back effort to beat tort measure

posted: 08/14/2016 1:03 a.m. Discuss

A group aligned against a proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution limiting lawyer fees in lawsuits against medical care providers received more than $400,000 in support from lawyers in its first month of fundraising, according to financial reports released Friday.

Governor's budget chief to exit post

posted: 08/13/2016 3:52 a.m. Comments 2

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's senior adviser, Marjorie Greenberg, will depart the governor's office to work as the Arkansas Health Care Association's director of research and policy, association Executive Director Rachel Davis said Friday.

Highway retiree fund's investments dip $138M

posted: 08/13/2016 3:51 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas State Highway Employees Retirement System's investments dipped in value by $138 million last fiscal year to $1.305 billion, according to a report released Friday.

Lawyers back effort to beat tort measure

posted: 08/13/2016 3:34 a.m. Discuss

A group aligned against a proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution limiting lawyer fees in lawsuits against medical care providers received more than $400,000 in support from lawyers in its first month of fundraising, according to financial reports released Friday.

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