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Court dismisses ethics-case filing against treasurer

posted: 07/29/2016 2:23 a.m. Discuss

A Pulaski County circuit judge Thursday heeded a request by attorney Matt Campbell of Little Rock to dismiss Campbell's challenge of the Arkansas Ethics Commission's decision to grant Treasurer Dennis Milligan immunity from sanctions for alleged errors in campaign-finance reports.

Hutchinson backs college funding shift

posted: 07/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that he supports a proposed outcomes-based funding formula for the state's colleges and universities that the state's Higher Education Coordinating Board will consider Friday.

Candidates pile up cash in fall race

updated: 07/24/2016 4:34 a.m. Discuss

An eastern Arkansas candidate for the state Senate -- Rep. David Wallace -- has the largest campaign war chest among all legislative candidates, and he achieved this by lending his campaign more than $105,000, according to the latest campaign-finance reports.

Pay raise boosts carry-over cash

updated: 07/24/2016 4:13 a.m. Discuss

State Sen. John Cooper, R-Jonesboro, has the largest campaign war chest among unopposed legislative candidates, according to the latest campaign-finance reports.

Three claim interest in Democratic nod for House District 9

posted: 07/24/2016 3:48 a.m. Discuss

Teacher Candace Jeffress of Crossett said Thursday that she wants to be the Democratic nominee in House District 9 in the Nov. 8 general election, and former state Rep. Johnnie Bolin of Crossett said he is leaning toward seeking the nomination.

Lampkin exits race in House

posted: 07/21/2016 3:48 a.m. Discuss

State Rep. Sheilla Lampkin, D-Monticello, won't be a candidate on the Nov. 8 general election ballot because she has cancer, her husband, Damon Lampkin, said Wednesday.

Governor’s aide to head agency

posted: 07/21/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s senior adviser, Betty Guhman, started work Tuesday as the interim director of the Youth Services Division, state officials said Tuesday.

Teacher fund OKs $100 million plan

posted: 07/21/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System’s board of trustees Tuesday authorized the investment of up to $100 million in a fund managed by Stephens Inc. of Little Rock and Neuberger Berman Alternative Advisers LLC of New York City.

Hutchinson's aide to head youth agency

posted: 07/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's senior adviser, Betty Guhman, started work Tuesday as the interim director of the Youth Services Division, state officials said Tuesday.

Teacher fund OKs $100M investment

posted: 07/20/2016 3:46 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System's board of trustees Tuesday authorized the investment of up to $100 million in a fund managed by Stephens Inc. of Little Rock and Neuberger Berman Alternative Advisers LLC of New York City.

Marijuana proposal's backers raise $16,401

posted: 07/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansans for Compassionate Care -- a ballot committee promoting a proposed initiated act to legalize medical marijuana -- received $12,500 from Washington, D.C.-based New Approach PAC last month, the ballot committee reported Monday.

Milligan trims '14 campaign debt

posted: 07/19/2016 3:01 a.m. Discuss

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan reduced his 2014 campaign debt to himself by $5,700 in the quarter that ended June 30, he reported.

Helms takes job with state lottery

posted: 07/17/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has hired J. Michael Helms, the assistant chief executive officer at the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission, as its chief legal counsel, starting Aug. 1.

Panel OKs new juvenile lockup operator

posted: 07/16/2016 2:36 a.m. Discuss

A legislative panel has signed off on the state Department of Human Services' decision to use a different private contractor to run the lockup that holds the state's most serious juvenile offenders.

Helms takes job with state lottery

posted: 07/16/2016 2:35 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has hired J. Michael Helms, the assistant chief executive officer at the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission, as its chief legal counsel, starting Aug. 1.

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