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Former lawmaker selected as replacement for Arkansas official who resigned

Subscriber onlyA former state representative is Jefferson County's new chief executive officer, after a unanimous vote Thursday evening by the Jefferson County Quorum Court. Continue reading...

U.S. Census data show 40 counties in Arkansas shrank from ’16 to ’17

Subscriber onlyThe county that grew the most and the county that grew the least in 2017 are in opposite corners of Arkansas and highlight continuing trends of prosperity and decline in the Natural State, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates released publicly today. Continue reading...

Animal farm bills advance at state Capitol

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas House and Senate on Wednesday approved their versions of bills that would ensure limitations on what the public can say and when on existing state animal-farm permits. Continue reading...

Hog-farm permit bill moves to full Arkansas House

Measure restricts public comments

Subscriber onlyAn Arkansas House committee approved with no dissent Tuesday a bill that would ensure limitations to what the public can comment on regarding state animal-farm permits that have already been issued. Continue reading...

Arkansas lawmakers to start special session today

Legislators plan to finish in three days

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas General Assembly will convene this morning for a special session on a number of issues, including regulating pharmacy benefit managers, expanding a state tax break to use college savings plans for kindergarten-12th grade expenses and changing the open-container law to avoid losing $12 million in federal highway funds. Continue reading...

Judge stays part of EPA plan on coal-plant emissions

Subscriber onlyAn 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge on Wednesday stayed the most contentious portion of a federal air rule affecting coal plants in Arkansas. Continue reading...

U.S. water, air laws allow for suits; uncertainty prevails after justices’ state-immunity ruling

Subscriber onlyThe federal Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act require states to allow people to take them to court over permitting decisions related to those acts, but attorneys and officials in Arkansas are divided over what that means for the state in light of a recent Arkansas Supreme Court decision. Continue reading...

Environment notebook

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Ruling favors intervenors in hog-farm permit case

Subscriber onlyThe parties intervening in C&H Hog Farms' appeal of its permit denial to operate within the Buffalo National River watershed are not limited to participating only on issues they raised during the public comment period, an administrative law judge has ruled. Continue reading...

At least 3 issues make deadline for special Arkansas legislative session

ATVs, alcohol, Rx recompense get by

Subscriber onlyLawmakers on Monday finished drawing up bills they hope to have considered during an expected in-and-out special session to be held later this spring. Continue reading...

Push afoot to get word out on better recycling

Plastic bags, cords, food on no-no list

Subscriber onlyAdvertisements, a website and -- if a person does wrong -- a reminder note of what can and cannot be recycled are coming soon to most Pulaski County recyclers. Continue reading...

Environmental notebook

Subscriber onlyArtists sought for storm drain work Continue reading...

Arkansas' rainy days swell rivers, send water over roads; severe storms possible today

Subscriber onlyMost of Arkansas had received 4 to 10 inches of rain by Friday after 72 hours of downpours. Hundreds of roads were closed and emergency workers had conducted numerous water rescues. Continue reading...

Ex-state worker accused in diversion of $91,000

Subscriber onlyA arrest warrant has been issued for a former state scrap-tire district office manager in connection to $91,000 in unaccounted revenue, unauthorized expenses and salary overpayments at the district. Continue reading...

Arkansas hog farm in Buffalo River watershed ordered to manage manure

Operation OK’d to remain open

Subscriber onlyOperators of an unpermitted hog farm in the Buffalo River's watershed must clear improperly stored hog manure and develop a plan to manage the manure by March 15, a judge has ordered. Continue reading...