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Doug Thompson

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Benton County Liquor Sales Slowly Catching Up With Washington County

Benton County Liquor Sales Slowly Catching Up With Washington County

Subscriber onlyBenton County drinkers need to pull a few more corks if they want to catch Washington County in sales tax revenue from retail alcohol, tax records show. Continue reading...

Commentary: Another Dire Forecast Against Private Option Flops

Crying “Wolf!” Tunes the Public Out Before Real Challenges Arise

Subscriber onlyReal news broke last week. Insurance rates in the state's "private option" health care plan, on average, will drop. The drop is expected to be slight, but it's there. Continue reading...

Ordinance Supporters Show Up To Be Counted

Backers Do What Needed To Be Done to Win Big

Subscriber onlySomebody needed to stand up for the anti-discrimination ordinance if the Fayetteville City Council was going to pass it. Hundreds did at Tuesday's council meeting. They kept standing into the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Continue reading...

Northeast Arkansas Votes Crucial, Hutchinson Says

Subscriber onlyROGERS -- Northeast Arkansas is the crucial region in the governor's race, GOP nominee Asa Hutchinson told a Republican crowd in Northwest Arkansas. Continue reading...

Commentary: Never Skip the Reality Check, Fayetteville

Don’t Pass an Ordinance Until a Case is Made

Subscriber onlyI've never been in an oppressed minority. So one could argue I have very little to say about Fayetteville Alderman Matthew Petty's proposed ordinance against gender and orientation bias. Continue reading...

Rogers Chambers Hosts Forum; Candidates Give Thoughts On Lieutenant Governor

Rogers Chambers Hosts Forum; Candidates Give Thoughts On Lieutenant Governor

Subscriber onlyROGERS -- Efforts to abolish the office of lieutenant governor drew mixed reactions Friday from Northwest Arkansas state House candidates. Continue reading...

Governor Says Fayetteville Veterans Home Doing Very Well

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- The state should not only stay in the veterans nursing home business, it's doing very well at it, Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday. Continue reading...

Hutchinson Steers the State GOP Well

His Party Benefits From Him Not Choosing Sides

Subscriber onlyArkansas Democrats don't have a bitterly, openly and severely divided state Republican Party to work against. The reason they don't is Asa Hutchinson, the GOP nominee for governor who also happens to be a former chairman of his party. Continue reading...

Arkansas' Trauma System Sees Improvement Since Inception

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Even the best trauma center can only help patients who reach it, so weather often drives decisions about trauma care in Northwest Arkansas, organizers said. Continue reading...

Springdale To Lose 250 Jobs At Apex Tool Plant

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Apex Tool Group will close its Northwest Arkansas plant, costing 250 jobs, the company said Thursday. Continue reading...

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