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Four budget bills pass in state's House, Senate

Proposals offer $133M rise; chambers’ final votes today

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives handily approved identical bills Tuesday that boost state general spending by $133 million in the fiscal year starting July 1 to $5.18 billion. Continue reading...

Panel backs bill changing history-course rules

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK -- A bill designed to correct what critics see as deficiencies in new curriculum standards for hisotry study in public schools won committee approval Tuesday. Continue reading...

Elm Springs residents greet wind farm plans with skepticism, hostility

Elm Springs site under consideration

Subscriber onlyELM SPRINGS -- Residents of this small town west of Springdale were skeptical and occasionally outright hostile toward a nearby proposed wind farm during a packed town hall meeting Tuesday. Continue reading...

Consultants work on UA parking issues

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Transportation consultants brought plenty of ideas with them to the University of Arkansas this week, putting them on display in the Arkansas Union to get feedback on proposed changes in how people get to and from the university. Continue reading...

Tontitown firefighters step aside for volunteers

Subscriber onlyTONTITOWN -- City firefighters will no longer have jobs or volunteer positions in the city today as the volunteer fire department takes over, Mayor Paul Colvin said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Fayetteville could end board term limits

Changes would apply to citizen boards, committees

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- A proposal by Alderman Alan Long would do away with term limits for all resident boards and committees. Continue reading...

Fayetteville library should put off expansion, committee says

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- The city's public library should return $2 million set aside for a proposed expansion back to the library's foundation instead, members of the facility's revenue committee said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Suspicious package found at Northside Elementary School, bomb squad on scene

Subscriber onlyAccording to information from Siloam Springs city government, at approximately 3:47 pm this afternoon a Siloam Springs Police School Resources Officer became aware of a suspicious package in the parking lot of Northside Elementary located at 501 W. Elgin in Siloam Springs. Continue reading...

Cox to show Cardinals, Royals games on digital service

Subscriber onlyMajor League Baseball fans will be able to get plenty of St. Louis Cardinals action this season on Cox cable television, if they subscribe to a digital service. Continue reading...

Fort Smith man sentenced for bankruptcy fraud

A Fort Smith man was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison for bankruptcy fraud and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge. Continue reading...

HB1228 passes House, heads to governor

The Arkansas House of Representatives on Tuesday endorsed an amended bill that opponents say would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and transgender people. Continue reading...

Hutchinson vetoes publicity-rights bill

Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed Tuesday a publicity rights bill aimed at preventing unauthorized use of a person's likeness for commercial purposes that was backed by the family of Arkansas football legend Frank Broyles. Continue reading...

Protesters return to Capitol as HB1228 vote nears

Protesters lined the stairs and halls outside the Arkansas House chamber Tuesday afternoon as a final vote on House Bill 1228 drew near. Continue reading...

Police investigate Panera Bread robbery

The Fayetteville Police Department is investigating an armed robbery Monday night at Panera Bread, according to a news release. Continue reading...

New research: Anne Frank likely died a month earlier

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank likely died of typhus in a Nazi concentration camp about a month earlier than previously thought, the Amsterdam museum that honors her memory said Tuesday on the 70th anniversary of the officially recognized date of her death. Continue reading...

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