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Religious opt-out bill off to governor

posted: 04/01/2015 4:18 a.m. Comments 17

A bill that supporters say advances religious freedom got final approval in the Arkansas House on Tuesday, sparking protests from opponents who say the legislation can be used to discriminate against gays.

Bill changing history-course rules advances

posted: 04/01/2015 3:46 a.m. Comment 1

A bill designed to correct what critics see as deficiencies in the new curriculum standards for the study of history in public schools won committee approval Tuesday.

Religious opt-out a step closer

updated: 03/30/2015 10:45 p.m. Comments 29

Legislation known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act moved a step closer to becoming law Monday even as opponents continued to apply pressure from both inside and outside the state for Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto House Bill 1228.

Paid maternity leave for state employees fails in Senate panel

updated: 03/28/2015 2:41 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would grant paid maternity leave to pregnant state employees failed Friday in an Arkansas Senate committee and will go to an interim committee for further study.

House committee backs bill requiring colleges to fly flags

posted: 03/28/2015 2:33 a.m. Discuss

A bill requiring Arkansas public institutions of higher learning to fly the American and Arkansas flags on their campuses passed a state legislative committee with flying colors Friday.

State sidelines 56 road projects

posted: 03/25/2015 4:35 a.m. Comments 3

Continuing uncertainty over the future of the Federal Highway Trust Fund has forced state highway officials to suspend 56 construction projects totaling an estimated $112 million from its April bid letting.

Monticello curve work starts part 2

posted: 03/24/2015 2:59 a.m. Discuss

The second phase of work on curves on U.S. 278 in Drew County, which was sparked by the death of a 21-year-old woman in a traffic crash, began Monday, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Proposal targets little-used roads

posted: 03/22/2015 4:34 a.m. Comment 1

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, frustrated in finding new revenue for road maintenance earlier in the session of the Arkansas Legislature, now wants authority to shed little-used highways from the 16,000-mile system because without new money, it says, it no longer can afford to maintain all the roads.

Vote backs mileage-tax research

updated: 03/19/2015 11:21 p.m. Comment 1

Raising taxes, or creating new ones, hasn't been a hallmark of the legislative session that began in January, but the House Public Transportation Committee found an exception Thursday. Sort of.

Committee amends measure aimed at killing student exam

posted: 03/19/2015 3:33 a.m. Discuss

A bill that would have ended the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, exam was amended in a way Wednesday that its sponsor said will make it more difficult to kill the test.

Bridge redo to shut ramps off La Harpe

posted: 03/19/2015 3:04 a.m. Discuss

Preparations for replacement of the Broadway Bridge over the Arkansas River in Pulaski County will require the access ramps to and from Arkansas 10, also called La Harpe Boulevard, to be closed and removed, starting next week, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said.

Funding shift rides on taxes, CATA is told

posted: 03/18/2015 3:18 a.m. Comment 1

Increasing property or sales taxes is the only potential avenue available to raise enough money to provide dedicated funding to Central Arkansas Transit Authority, a consultant told the agency's board of directors Tuesday.

Chief of staff under Beebe gets LR law firm post

posted: 03/17/2015 2:55 a.m. Discuss

Morril Harriman, chief of staff under former Gov. Mike Beebe, has joined the Little Rock law firm of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard.

Truckers not in any hurry to drive faster

updated: 03/15/2015 11:39 p.m. Comments 3

Don't expect to see a lot of big trucks barreling down the interstate at 70 mph.

LR airport to update parking system

posted: 03/14/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

The state's largest airport will spend up to $2.8 million to install a state-of-the-art parking access and revenue control system.

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