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Sean Beherec

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Lottery dials back budget projections

posted: 08/21/2014 4:56 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Lottery Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a revised budget that reduces its projection for money raised for scholarships by $3 million to $78.2 million. It also voted to close three regional prize claim centers in a cost-cutting move.

State undecided over filing appeal in tech firm case

posted: 08/21/2014 4:02 a.m. Discuss

The Department of Finance and Administration has not yet decided whether to appeal a $250,000 Arkansas State Claims Commission award to a technology company that offered to help collect tax revenue for the state, the agency's chief counsel said Wednesday.

Decal fee raise said short for prison

posted: 08/20/2014 4:18 a.m. Comments 2

A proposed $2 fee increase on license plate decals would likely not cover the costs to build a new, roughly $100 million prison, an official from the Bureau of Legislative Research told lawmakers Tuesday.

Gubernatorial hopefuls file July finance reports

posted: 08/16/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross outraised his Republican opponent by more than $30,000 in July, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday with the secretary of state's office.

2 to call for vote to scrap No. 2 job

posted: 08/15/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Sens. Keith Ingram and Jimmy Hickey said Thursday that they will introduce a proposed constitutional amendment during the next legislative session to eliminate the lieutenant governor's office.

19 proposals in report on human trafficking

posted: 08/14/2014 4:08 a.m. Discuss

The state should provide funding to train law enforcement agencies and others in fighting human trafficking and create a board to focus on the issue, according to the final report from the attorney general's task force on human trafficking.

McDaniel to speak at U.N. on racism

posted: 08/13/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will speak today before a United Nations committee in Geneva focused on ending racial discrimination.

2 candidates target prison overcrowding

posted: 08/13/2014 4:05 a.m. Discuss

Democratic attorney general candidate Rep. Nate Steel said Tuesday that he plans to address prison overcrowding in a legislative package that he will release in the next couple of weeks.

Justices urged to bury ID law

posted: 08/12/2014 4:09 a.m. Comments 3

The plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the state's voter-identification law asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday to uphold a lower court's ruling that found the new law unconstitutional.

Officials split on judicial elections

posted: 08/10/2014 2:55 a.m. Comment 1

Instead of having Arkansas voters pick new Supreme Court judges, Democratic Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants the decision to be made by the governor with the help of a non-partisan committee.

Revenue below forecast as state starts fiscal '15

posted: 08/05/2014 3:50 a.m. Comment 1

The state's general revenue collections in the first month of fiscal 2015 were lower than expected, according to a revenue report released Monday by the state Department of Finance and Administration.

Nuptial-suit recusals sought

posted: 08/05/2014 2:08 a.m. Comments 2

The attorneys for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's ban on gay marriage on Monday asked any justices on the Arkansas Supreme Court who planned to run for re-election to consider whether to recuse from the case.

Details sought on alien children

posted: 08/02/2014 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Republican state Sen. Bart Hester on Friday sent a letter to Gov. Mike Beebe asking for more information about the federal government's plans to house unaccompanied children in the state who are caught after entering the country illegally.

State bucking inmate trend

posted: 07/29/2014 3:12 a.m. Discuss

The total number of state prison inmates held in the 15 Southern Legislative Conference states has declined in recent years, while the number imprisoned in Arkansas has increased in three of the past four fiscal years covered by an annual study, according to a new conference report.

For wrongly convicted, no state payout

posted: 07/28/2014 3:54 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas is one of 20 states without a law providing compensation to people who are wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.

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