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Governor Throws Weight Behind Arkansas Workforce Legislation
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Governor Throws Weight Behind Arkansas Workforce Legislation

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is throwing his support behind a number of bills intended to help improve the quality of Arkansas' workforce.
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Arkansas House OKs Bill to Ban 'Re-Homing'

An Arkansas House committee has supported a proposal to criminalize some transfers of adopted children to unrelated families.
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Jeremy Gillam Hopes to Close Legislative Session By End of Month

The speaker of the Arkansas House says he hopes to have the legislative session mostly finished by the end of the month.
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Bart Hester Proposes Cut to Higher Education Funding

An Arkansas lawmaker says the state should cut funding for public colleges and universities as much as $14.6 million.
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