Government & Politics Archive

John Boozman Named Chairman of Agriculture Subcommittee

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 08:48 am

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas has been named the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management for the new Congress.

State Board Votes to Take Over Little Rock School District

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 07:25 am

The Arkansas Board of Education voted Wednesday to take control of Little Rock schools less than six months after a federal judge granted more independence to the historically embattled district and ended a quarter-century of payments to boost integration.

Arkansas Higher Education Department to Interview Final 3 Candidates for Director

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 07:12 am

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education has scheduled interviews with the three remaining candidates for the director's position.

Fed 'Patient' on Rates While Noting Improving Economy

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 03:23 pm

The Federal Reserve reiterated Wednesday that it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows even as the U.S. economy moves steadily closer to full health.

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances Plan for Medicaid Compromise

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 02:24 pm

Lawmakers have advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to continue Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion through 2016, rejecting an effort to abolish the program later this year.

Arkansas Panel Rejects Removing Robert E. Lee from Martin Luther King Holiday

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/28/2015 11:26 am

A bid to end Arkansas' practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day has failed before a state House panel.

US House Approves Bill to Expedite Natural Gas Exports

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 11:10 am

The Republican-controlled House has passed a bill aimed at expediting approvals of natural gas exports.

Ron Maxwell Named Deputy Tourism Director For State Parks

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 07:30 am

Ron Maxwell has been named deputy tourism director for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

2nd Proposal to End Private Option This Year Filed

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 07:28 am

A second proposal has been filed in the Legislature to end Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion this year, days after Gov. Asa Hutchinson called on lawmakers to continue the program through 2016.

Arkansas Education Board to Consider Takeover of Little Rock Schools

by Associated Press 1/28/2015 07:25 am

Arkansas education officials are scheduled to decide whether to assume control of the Little Rock School District after students at some of its schools performed poorly on state benchmark exams.

Medicaid, Public Schools See Boosts in Hutchinson's Budget

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/27/2015 01:01 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is proposing boosting funding for public schools, Medicaid and prisons and cuts to most other state agencies in his $5.2 billion budget for the coming year.

ForwARd Arkansas Report Sees Progress, Room for Improvement at State Schools

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2015 11:37 am

ForwARd Arkansas releases a report it says confirms that while achievement gaps still exist in state education, Arkansas has been successful in improving access to education.

Arkansas House Panel Approves Governor's Tax Cut Plan

by Associated Press 1/27/2015 11:03 am

A House panel has advanced Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's middle class tax cut package after restoring a portion of a capital gains tax break it would have repealed.

Report: State Jobless Rate Down to 5.7 Percent

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 09:35 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services.

Arkansas Agriculture Department Plans Century Farm Program

by Associated Press 1/27/2015 07:54 am

Applications are being accepted for a program that honors Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years.

Arkansas House OKs Deadline Change for Write-In Candidates

by Associated Press 1/26/2015 05:20 pm

The Arkansas House has voted to require write-in candidates to notify state and local election officials 90 days in advance if they plan to run for office.

Lawmakers Look at Keeping Part of 2013 Capital Gains Tax Cut

by Associated Press 1/26/2015 05:19 pm

Arkansas lawmakers may change Gov. Asa Hutchinson's middle-class tax cut package to roll back its proposed repeal of $21 million capital gains tax break that lawmakers approved two years ago, the chairman of the House panel considering the measure said Monday.

Proposal Filed To End Arkansas' Private Option Compromise Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 1/26/2015 05:16 pm

A group of Republican lawmakers wants to terminate Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion by the end of the year, despite Gov. Asa Hutchinson wanting to continue the program through 2016.

UAMS Awarded $538,000 Grant for Opioid Study

by Associated Press 1/26/2015 01:19 pm

A pair of researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will study how opioids are prescribed and dispensed by doctors and pharmacists.

Arkansas Homeless Programs Get $4.9M Federal Grant

by Associated Press 1/26/2015 01:17 pm

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $4.9 million in grants to 31 homeless housing and service programs in Arkansas.