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A.J. Gary Says Having Game Plan Can Rescue Business from Disaster

A.J. Gary Says Having Game Plan Can Rescue Business from Disaster
A.J. Gary, director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management

A.J. Gary was appointed Arkansas Department of Emergency Management director by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in June 2016. In addition to heading ADEM, Gary is also the Homeland Security adviser for Arkansas.
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AP Analysis: Few Avenues To Derail Asa Hutchinson's Re-election Bid

For a Republican once known for his repeated failures at winning statewide office, Gov. Asa Hutchinson faces one of the most favorable landscapes possible in the 2018 election.
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Procurement Prevails After Dental Contracts Approved This article is available only in print.

The court-challenged reasoning of State Procurement Director Edward Armstrong prevailed last week as state lawmakers gave their blessing to a $366 million duo of contracts to provide dental HMO services to Arkansas Medicaid recipients.
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From the Mailbox (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

I've dealt with my share of angry readers over the decades. But most of my interaction with readers these days is a pleasure because I enjoy learning how people's minds work. read more >

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