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Emily Walkenhorst

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Court affirms water fee split by Pulaski County, utility

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed Thursday a Pulaski County circuit judge's 2014 decision that a 45-cent fee for Central Arkansas Water users that is split with Pulaski County is a legal arrangement. Continue reading...

Pulaski County notebook

Subscriber onlySalary rates scaled back at 2 agencies The Quorum Court on Tuesday approved reducing the pay scales of two county department heads, just two months after it approved pay grade increases for the positions and just weeks after a new department head was appointed. Continue reading...

Signatures submitted for alcohol sales

Jacksonville chamber’s campaign attempts to undo ‘dry’ vote from 1954

Subscriber onlyThe Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce submitted more than 5,000 signatures this week to the Pulaski County clerk's office, seeking to hold a special election on allowing alcohol sales in restaurants and stores for the first time in more than 60 years. Continue reading...

Pulaski County works to squelch illegal dumping

Newly trained officer plans to clean up litterbugs’ acts

Subscriber onlyPulaski County and state officials are drafting a plan to address illegal dumping in unincorporated areas after the recent certification of the county's first illegal-dumping control officer. Continue reading...

Crowd rallies for abortion rights

Speaker calls for education, birth control, not restrictions

Subscriber onlyComprehensive sex education and access to effective contraception -- not restrictions to abortion access -- should be implemented to reduce Arkansas' rate of unplanned pregnancy and subsequent abortions, a University of Arkansas professor and abortion-rights activist told a crowd of a few hundred Saturday at the state Capitol. Continue reading...

Woman gets $1.25M in defamation suit

Judge rules Arkansan ‘suffered actual damage’ from post on gossip website

Subscriber onlyA federal judge awarded a White County woman $1.25 million on Friday in a judgment against a gossip website run by a California man, siding with her claim that she had been defamed by the website. Continue reading...

Deadline to send baby blood sample now 1 business day

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Board of Health gave final approval to two rule changes to blood sampling for newborn babies Thursday, including one measure to send samples to a state laboratory more quickly for testing. Continue reading...

State sanctions four water utilites

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Board of Health on Thursday approved several penalties against water utilities found out of compliance with the law. Continue reading...

Deadline to send baby blood sample now 1 business day

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas Board of Health gave final approval to two rule changes to blood sampling for newborn babies Thursday, including one measure to send samples to a state laboratory more quickly for testing. Continue reading...

County recycling district OKs rewards plan

Subscriber onlyThe Pulaski County recycling district's board on Wednesday selected a new recycling rewards program for county residents at the cost of 12 percent of its budget despite one board member's opposition to having a new rewards program at all. Continue reading...

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