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For I-30, engineers posit 10 lanes

posted: 04/17/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Engineers working on an estimated $450 million redesign of the Interstate 30 corridor through downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock think the highway section should be 10 lanes wide, officials said during a public meeting Thursday night.

Airport plans sign-ups there for quick line

posted: 04/16/2015 3:27 a.m. Comment 1

People wanting to sign up for a Transportation Security Administration program that can whisk them through airport security soon will have a more convenient place to do it if they are flying from the state's largest airport.

1 held in homicide in Heber Springs

posted: 04/14/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

A suspect was arrested early Monday in the death of a woman whose body was found Sunday in her Heber Springs home, authorities said.

New law to address road-sediment woes

updated: 04/12/2015 9:59 p.m. Discuss

A new state law has made it possible for counties across the state to help prevent unpaved roads from choking Arkansas streams and lakes.

Health screenings free today at salons

posted: 04/11/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Free screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels will be available today at barbershops and beauty salons in Pulaski, Clark and Phillips counties as part of the third annual Arkansas Minority Barber & Beauty Shop Health Initiative, the Arkansas Health Department said in a news release.

Highway police bias suit settled

posted: 04/08/2015 3:27 a.m. Discuss

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit accusing the law enforcement arm of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department of racial bias in its employment practices.

In law’s wake: Relief, concern

posted: 04/05/2015 4:58 a.m. Comments 8

Elected officials celebrated and business leaders expressed relief after a compromise Religious Freedom Restoration Act sailed through the Arkansas Legislature. But critics say they fear that the new law, though shorter, will still lead to discrimination against gays and other groups on religious grounds.

90th General Assembly comes to end

posted: 04/03/2015 3:34 a.m. Comments 2

Members of the 90th General Assembly approved tax cuts for an estimated 600,000 people and agreed to provide Medicaid-funded private health insurance policies for about 200,000 of the state's poorest residents.

Governor gets 3 ballot measures

updated: 04/03/2015 12:21 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislature on Thursday, the final day of the 90th General Assembly, approved and delivered to the governor three proposed constitutional amendments to be referred to voters in the November 2016 general election.

Governor's union-organizing son in spotlight

posted: 04/02/2015 4 a.m. Comment 1

The protests over House Bill 1228 put not only Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the state in the national spotlight, but also the governor's 31-year-old son, Seth Hutchinson, thanks to a plug from his father.

Ballot proposals get green light, switch chambers

posted: 04/02/2015 3:54 a.m. Discuss

Members of a joint legislative committee reached consensus Wednesday on three proposed constitutional amendments that they want the Arkansas General Assembly to refer to voters, including two favored by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Religious opt-out bill off to governor

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

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.

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