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Asa Hutchinson: No Need for 'Bathroom Bill' During Session

Asa Hutchinson: No Need for 'Bathroom Bill' During Session

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's told lawmakers he doesn't see the need for a so-called bathroom bill during the legislative session.
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State Rep. Micah Neal Pleads Guilty to Taking Kickbacks on GIF Money

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that state Rep. Micah Neal, R-Springdale, had pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to direct state funds to two nonprofits in exchange for $38,000 in kickbacks.
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Sales Tax Revenue Boost Helps Arkansas Coffers in December

Higher than expected sales tax collections helped keep the state's revenue in December above forecast and last year's numbers. But Arkansas is still behind what was predicted so far for the fiscal year.
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Former Razorback Ryan Hale Shifts to New Career Planning Bike Trails

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Re-examining New Avenues to the Arkansas Supreme Court

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No Contract, No Conflict: Logic of a Lottery Ad Bid

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Righting an FOI Wrong (Editorial)

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Cox Adds Angela DeLille as Manager in Springdale (Movers & Shakers)

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Asa Hutchinson Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced the following appointments. read more >

Arkansas Lawmakers Say They'll Move Quickly on Tax Cut

Top Arkansas lawmakers say they'll move quickly on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposed $50 million tax cut for low-income residents, but say there are questions about part of his plan to give military veterans a tax break. read more >

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