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$87M leg up for Lockheed cruises to OK

Bills head to Hutchinson; legislators wrap up session

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday shipped bills to Gov. Asa Hutchinson authorizing an $87.1 million bond issue to help Lockheed Martin win a federal contract and expand its workforce in south Arkansas. Continue reading...

House passes bill to shift '16 primary

Measure now headed to Hutchinson; critics leery of year-long campaigning

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas House passed a bill shifting the state's 2016 primary elections from May 24 to March 1 after the chamber suspended a rule that would have delayed a decision on the legislation. Continue reading...

Legislation merging several state agencies goes to governor

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson legislation consolidating four state agencies into three others, a measure that he has estimated would save the state about $10 million over a five-year period. Continue reading...

Legislators approve change to DWI law

Stricter terms won’t apply to medicine

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas House on Thursday voted 80-2 to change the driving-while-intoxicated law, ensuring the state won't lose nearly $60 million in federal highway funding. Continue reading...

State budget chief fired after women complained

Subscriber onlyThe state's new chief fiscal officer fired state budget administrator Brandon Sharp after complaints about him from other state employees nearly a year after Sharp was warned that his job was in jeopardy, according to Sharp's personnel file released Thursday. Continue reading...

Treasurer ex-worker sues, says defamed

Case alleges aide to Milligan lied

Subscriber onlyDavid Singer, the former outreach manager for state Treasurer Dennis Milligan, filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against Milligan's Chief of Staff Jim Harris. Continue reading...

Hendrix study looks at LR board's at-large seats

Subscriber onlyHendrix College came out with a report Thursday that said there is evidence that indicates doing away with at-large seats on the Little Rock Board of Directors would advance the city and give minority-group populations a better representation in local government. Continue reading...

Hutchinson guest of interview show

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to appear in a Conversations w/ Arkansas Governors event June 7. Continue reading...

Primary election bill clears House

The Arkansas House on Thursday gave final approval to a measure that would shift the state’s primaries from May to March after the legislation stalled in committee earlier in the day. Continue reading...

State's abortion ban illegal, 3 judges rule

They cite testimony 12 weeks not viable

Subscriber onlyA federal appeals court panel Wednesday upheld an Arkansas federal judge's ruling last year throwing out as unconstitutional a new state ban on abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Continue reading...

Legislature OKs $87M bond issue

State seeking vehicle plant by Lockheed

Subscriber onlyLockheed Martin is one step closer to landing a contract to build military vehicles in Arkansas after an economic-incentive package sailed Wednesday through the state Legislature. Continue reading...

State's 6 call rule overreach, plan fight

Subscriber onlyAll six members of Arkansas' congressional delegation said Wednesday that they plan to fight back against a water regulation rule approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. Continue reading...

Senate passes bill moving primary

Fiscal session’s shift also passes chamber after amendment

Subscriber onlyBills shifting the state's 2016 primary elections from May to March 1 and the start of next year's fiscal session from February to April won the Arkansas Senate's approval Wednesday evening as lawmakers worked to avoid extending the special session beyond today. Continue reading...

Senators sign off on edited DWI bill

Revision needed for highway funding

Subscriber onlyLawmakers moved closer to changing language in the state's statutes on driving while intoxicated that officials said jeopardized nearly $60 million in federal highway funding. Continue reading...

Legislature OKs putting 4 agencies into 3 others

Subscriber onlyIdentical bills merging four state agencies into three other agencies swept through the Arkansas House of Representatives and Senate on Wednesday. Continue reading...

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