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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...

Advocates: Prekindergarten Program Effective For Students

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- The state's prekindergarten education program improved student achievement more than any other measure that followed court-ordered school reform in 2007, child advocates were told Thursday. Continue reading...

Why WASPS Buzz So Loudly These Days

Power Shift Causes Rifts, Not Cable News or the President

Subscriber onlyJohn Brummett says Arkansas politics aren't local any more. Now "we subjugate our charm and eccentricity to the general national debate." I largely agree with that. Continue reading...

Apply Fayetteville Energy Efficiency Standards Statewide, Lawmakers Told

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- Fayetteville's higher energy efficiency standards for new buildings didn't slow construction there and should be adopted statewide, state legislators were told Thursday. Continue reading...

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