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Sleet piles up; travel hits crawl

Guard called to help as roads turn to rinks

Subscriber onlyA late-season storm dropped up to 11 inches of snow in northeast Arkansas, and pelted central and southern parts of the state with hours of sleet and snow overnight Wednesday, closing scores of schools and businesses, knocking out power to some and rendering many roads impassable. Continue reading...

Sub-350 enrollment waiver OK'd

Lottery scholarship cut fails in Senate; second try planned

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Senate on Thursday sent the governor a bill to allow the state Board of Education to grant waivers to school districts with fewer than 350 students to avoid consolidation with other districts under certain circumstances. Continue reading...

Clinton's email to get U.S. review

Subscriber only The State Department agreed Thursday to review thousands of messages from a private email account that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used for government business, but it cautioned that the process will move slowly and perhaps take months. Continue reading...

Road bill to skim revenue is pulled

Subscriber onlyFor the third regular legislative session in a row, a bill that would have shifted as much as $2.8 billion over 10 years from general revenue to state highway maintenance is dead. Continue reading...

Panels favor bills cutting jobless aid, allowing school-bus ads

Subscriber onlyLegislative committees set to work Thursday considering bills on unemployment benefits, school-bus advertising and other measures despite the blanket of snow and sleet that closed state offices. Continue reading...

Wider DNA collection passes in House panel

Subscriber onlyLawmakers on Thursday moved forward an effort to expand the types of suspects who must submit DNA samples to law enforcement. They also pushed to expand rights for gun owners at polling places. Continue reading...

From eateries to hospitals, not everyone gets a snow day

Subscriber onlyThe snowstorm that hit much of Arkansas forced the cancellation of basketball games and plane flights. Many schools and government offices closed. But Starbucks, fast-food restaurants and, more importantly, hospitals were among those open for business Thursday. Continue reading...

State justices reinstate most of petition law

Decision voids only 2 parts of act nulled by circuit judge

Subscriber onlyA divided Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated most of a law that placed tighter regulations on the petition procedure that allows Arkansans to directly pass laws and bypass the Legislature. Continue reading...

LR school-audit bill clears panel

State agency running district is expected to request review

Subscriber onlyThe state's Division of Legislative Audit would be authorized to hire two auditors to conduct an audit of the Little Rock School District under legislation that cleared a committee Thursday. Continue reading...

In police chief's exit, evidence will go to U.S. prosecutor

Subscriber onlyWhat started a year ago as an arson investigation led to the abrupt resignation of the Searcy police chief and an array of allegations about firearms violations, abuse of power and controlled-substance infractions, a federal agent said Thursday. Continue reading...

UA's Coon is selected for Honors College job

Subscriber onlyA history professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has been named dean of its Honors College. Continue reading...

Legislative summary

Subscriber onlyThis is a summary list of bills (by bill number, lead sponsor and title) introduced through Thursday in the 90th General Assembly, except for appropriation bills, which, along with other bills and resolutions, may be found at the legislative website: arkleg.state.ar.us Continue reading...

Calendar

Subscriber onlyThis is the calendar of public events of the 90th General Assembly for today, the 54th day of the 2015 legislative session. Continue reading...

Beebe to work for LR group as senior exec

Subscriber onlyFormer Gov. Mike Beebe said Thursday he has joined the Roberts Group of Little Rock. Continue reading...

Husband, wife plead innocent to classic car sales fraud

Subscriber onlyA husband and wife pleaded innocent this week to fraud and money laundering charges involving classic and vintage cars, the U.S. attorney's office said Thursday in a news release. Continue reading...

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