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Lottery dials back budget projections

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Lottery Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a revised budget that reduces its projection for money raised for scholarships by $3 million to $78.2 million. It also voted to close three regional prize claim centers in a cost-cutting move. Continue reading...

State undecided over filing appeal in tech firm case

Subscriber onlyThe Department of Finance and Administration has not yet decided whether to appeal a $250,000 Arkansas State Claims Commission award to a technology company that offered to help collect tax revenue for the state, the agency's chief counsel said Wednesday. Continue reading...

Decal fee raise said short for prison

About $100 million needed for lockup, lawmakers told

Subscriber onlyA proposed $2 fee increase on license plate decals would likely not cover the costs to build a new, roughly $100 million prison, an official from the Bureau of Legislative Research told lawmakers Tuesday. Continue reading...

Gubernatorial hopefuls file July finance reports

Subscriber onlyDemocratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross outraised his Republican opponent by more than $30,000 in July, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday with the secretary of state's office. Continue reading...

2 to call for vote to scrap No. 2 job

Subscriber onlySens. Keith Ingram and Jimmy Hickey said Thursday that they will introduce a proposed constitutional amendment during the next legislative session to eliminate the lieutenant governor's office. Continue reading...

19 proposals in report on human trafficking

Subscriber onlyThe state should provide funding to train law enforcement agencies and others in fighting human trafficking and create a board to focus on the issue, according to the final report from the attorney general's task force on human trafficking. Continue reading...

McDaniel to speak at U.N. on racism

Subscriber onlyAttorney General Dustin McDaniel will speak today before a United Nations committee in Geneva focused on ending racial discrimination. Continue reading...

2 candidates target prison overcrowding

Subscriber onlyDemocratic attorney general candidate Rep. Nate Steel said Tuesday that he plans to address prison overcrowding in a legislative package that he will release in the next couple of weeks. Continue reading...

Justices urged to bury ID law

Voter plaintiffs: Ratify Fox ruling

Subscriber onlyThe plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the state's voter-identification law asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday to uphold a lower court's ruling that found the new law unconstitutional. Continue reading...

Officials split on judicial elections

Governor picks in ‘Missouri plan’

Subscriber onlyInstead of having Arkansas voters pick new Supreme Court judges, Democratic Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants the decision to be made by the governor with the help of a non-partisan committee. Continue reading...

Revenue below forecast as state starts fiscal '15

Subscriber onlyThe state's general revenue collections in the first month of fiscal 2015 were lower than expected, according to a revenue report released Monday by the state Department of Finance and Administration. Continue reading...

Nuptial-suit recusals sought

Don’t let justices be swayed in gay-rights case, filing says

Subscriber onlyThe attorneys for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's ban on gay marriage on Monday asked any justices on the Arkansas Supreme Court who planned to run for re-election to consider whether to recuse from the case. Continue reading...

Details sought on alien children

Housing is focus of Hester’s letter

Republican state Sen. Bart Hester on Friday sent a letter to Gov. Mike Beebe asking for more information about the federal government's plans to house unaccompanied children in the state who are caught after entering the country illegally. Continue reading...

State bucking inmate trend

Arkansas’ prison population has risen as South’s has fallen, report says

Subscriber onlyThe total number of state prison inmates held in the 15 Southern Legislative Conference states has declined in recent years, while the number imprisoned in Arkansas has increased in three of the past four fiscal years covered by an annual study, according to a new conference report. Continue reading...

For wrongly convicted, no state payout

Arkansas 1 of 20 lacking compensation law; officials point to other avenues

Subscriber onlyArkansas is one of 20 states without a law providing compensation to people who are wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Continue reading...

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