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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...

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...

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...

Womack Said Reform Must Come After Border Security

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Third District Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, will not support other immigration reform measures until U.S. borders are more secure, he reiterated Tuesday after two days of meeting with constituents. Continue reading...

Firing Dispute Settled For A Half-Year's Pay

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- Benton County has agreed to pay former comptroller Sarah Wilson more than $43,000 in salary and benefits to settle the appeal of her April 8 firing by County Judge Bob Clinard. Continue reading...

Losing 500 Jobs is a Tragedy, Not a Number

Superior Closing Shows No Place is Safe, Even NWA

Subscriber onlyI have no words of wisdom or comfort for the 500 people who will lose their jobs when Superior Industries International Inc. closes its plant in Rogers later this year. Moments like Wednesday's announcement show how little the political one-upmanship I normally write about actually matters. Continue reading...

The Problem Starts a Long Way from Our Border

A Dime Spent on Coffee Beats a Dollar Spent on Border Patrols

Subscriber only"Unfortunately, it looks like we're on track to do absolutely nothing" -- Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., on Congress and children at the border. Continue reading...

Fayetteville Veterans Home Occupancy Increases

Admissions A Sign Of Improvement, Leaders Say

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- The state-run Arkansas Veterans Home at Fayetteville has grown from 62 residents in January to 78 and could reach 85 by early August, its administrator said Friday. Continue reading...

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