Doug Thompson

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Panel: Let firms sell more energy

Renewable-power sales good for business climate, they say

Subscriber onlyROGERS -- The Legislature could improve the state's business climate by allowing businesses that generate electricity with solar panels and other renewable energy sources to sell more of it to utilities, lawmakers were told Thursday. Continue reading...

Commentary: "There is no substitute for victory."

Making the sacrifices worth it

Subscriber onlySuppose a neighbor's house was on fire. Someone calls the fire department. The engine that rolls up is a converted army surplus M35 two-and-a-half-ton truck of Korean War vintage. The crew puts the fire out, but a reasonable person might wonder about the future safety of his home. Continue reading...

Businesses express interest in renewable power, lawmakers told

Subscriber onlyThe Legislature could improve the state's business climate by allowing businesses generating electricity with solar panels and other renewable energy sources to sell more of it to utilities, lawmakers were told Thursday. Continue reading...

Highway funding ideas aired

Commissioners, lawmakers man rural-conference panel

Subscriber onlyROGERS -- Legislative oversight of a 5-year plan to increase funding for state highways doesn't infringe on the constitutional autonomy of the Highway Commission, a commissioner said Wednesday. Continue reading...

Legislative task force, prosecuting attorneys clash over issue

Legislative task force, prosecuting attorneys clash over issue

Subscriber onlyProsecutors offered little support Tuesday for efforts to expand parole and probation programs and other alternatives to prison, calling a recent report on overcrowding overblown. Continue reading...

Deer regs discussion draws 130 in Fayetteville meeting

Subscriber onlyA public forum on rules to curtail chronic wasting disease, which infects deer and elk, drew a standing room-only crowd of 130 to a classroom in the the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center at the University of Arkansas. Continue reading...

Repeal fiscal sessions, Northwest Arkansas lawmakers say

Subscriber onlySILOAM SPRINGS -- Voters should repeal the bi-annual fiscal sessions of the state Legislature and he'll propose a constitutional amendment to do that, the state Senate majority leader said Monday. Continue reading...

NW Arkansas group seeks to welcome more refugees

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas took in roughly 1 out of every 1 million refugees seeking shelter worldwide last year -- 13 of the 14.5 million accounted for by the United Nations. Continue reading...

Seeking safe haven

Group seeks to bring 100 refugees to region yearly

Subscriber onlyArkansas took in about 1 out of every 1 million refugees who sought shelter worldwide last year — 13 of the 14.5 million refugees accounted for by the United Nations. Continue reading...

Commentary: Governor Cuts it Close Again

The Governor Shows a Flair for Cliffhangers

Subscriber onlyOnce again, the governor used a legislative detour to get where he wanted to go on a vital piece of legislation. Continue reading...

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