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Agency affirms abortion foes' right to carry signs along road

Subscriber onlyAnti-abortion picketers have the right to carry signs along a state highway, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department acknowledged Monday. Continue reading...

Highway Department says protest signs OK

No rules broken, department says

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Anti-abortion picketers have the right to carry signs along a state highway, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department acknowledged Monday. Continue reading...

Highway Department reviews Fayetteville free speech complaint

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- The state Highway and Transportation Department won't respond until Monday at the earliest to a complaint it's violating the free speech rights of anti-abortion protesters in Fayetteville, department spokesman Danny Straessle said Friday. Continue reading...

Filling Mike Beebe's Shoes

New governor measure up to predecessor

Subscriber onlyMike Beebe is a hard act to follow as governor. Following a bad governor, though, would have been much harder. Continue reading...

Fayetteville protestors claim First Amendment rights violated

Highway Department employee tells group they can’t use signs

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Participants in an anti-abortion protest held in the same place, in the same manner and at the same times twice a year since 2011 were told Monday they could no longer carry signs, organizers claim. Continue reading...

Northwest Arkansas legislators debate dueling highway bills

Subscriber onlyTwo competing bills for paying for state highways were debated by their sponsors Saturday morning at a forum where a third option surfaced. Continue reading...

Drug court provisions beefed up, sponsor says

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- Provisions for greater support for drug courts and mental health cases were put into the governor's prison reform package after the proposal was unveiled Wednesday, the legislation's chief sponsor said late Friday. Continue reading...

The problem of prisons

Governor’s plan likely to work, given the history

Subscriber onlyNow the real test begins for the new governor and his party's ruling majority. Continue reading...

Budget showdown too risky, Womack says

Subscriber onlyBELLA VISTA -- Blocking the Department of Homeland Security budget wouldn't end President Barack Obama's executive order delaying deportations, 3rd District Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, told frustrated voters Friday morning. Continue reading...

Tontitown fires arrested official

Subscriber onlyTONTITOWN -- The City Council fired recorder-treasurer Alicia Collins as the city's bookkeeper and water utility manager in a 6-0 vote Tuesday after an executive session lasting a half hour. Continue reading...

2 pledge relief for addicts, patients

Lawmaker calls fixes No. 1 goal

Subscriber onlyTreatment for drug addiction and mental-health issues will form a major part of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's prison and probation overhaul package, state lawmakers assured a crowd Saturday in Fayetteville. Continue reading...

Commentary: No easy way back for Democrats

Democrats face hurdles in reclaiming voters, power

"The Emerging Democratic Majority" came and went, according to one of the influential book's two authors. His logic would explain a lot, right down to why Grimsley Graham didn't do better in his state House race in Rogers. Continue reading...

NW Arkansas group told of skilled-worker scarcity

Subscriber onlySPRINGDALE -- Northwest Arkansas' supply of skilled workers already lags behind demand, and the skilled workforce the region does have is aging, the chief operating officer for the Northwest Arkansas Council said Thursday. Continue reading...

Northwest Arkansas' skilled workforce aging, figures show

SPRINGDALE -- Northwest Arkansas' supply of skilled workers already lags behind demand, and the skilled workforce the region does have is aging, the chief operating officer for the Northwest Arkansas Council said Thursday. Continue reading...

Reduced pension benefits proposed

FAYETTEVILLE -- A declining Fayetteville pension fund could remain solvent under a proposed state law, but at the cost of reducing benefits to its 59 former firefighters or their spouses. Continue reading...

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