Government & Politics Archive

Arkansas House OKs Release of Cell Phone Location During Investigations

by Associated Press 2/27/2015 11:24 am

Arkansas lawmakers have voted to require companies to release the location of a cell phone when asked by police in criminal investigations, despite criticism that the move would violate civil liberties.

Signed Contracts to Buy US Homes Rise to 18-Month High

by Associated Press 2/27/2015 11:23 am

The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.

US Economic Growth in Q4 Revised Down to 2.2 Percent

by Associated Press 2/27/2015 11:22 am

The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.

Arkansas Senate OKs Adding Drones to Anti-Voyeurism Law

by Associated Press 2/27/2015 08:00 am

The Arkansas Legislature has given final approval to adding drones to the state's voyeurism law.

Rep. Rebecca Petty Aims for Firing Squad Executions in Arkansas

by Associated Press 2/27/2015 07:55 am

A lawmaker whose 12-year-old daughter was murdered by a man now on death row said Thursday that she will work to make the firing squad a legal execution method in Arkansas because court challenges have stalled efforts to resume the death penalty using lethal injections.

Cameron Smith, Karen Fetzer Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2015 05:14 am

Cameron Smith of Cameron Smith Associates of Rogers and Karen Fetzer of the Rotary Club of Little Rock won executive of the year awards at Thursday's 27th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Arkansas House Committee Endorses Guns on Campus Bill

by Associated Press 2/26/2015 11:56 am

A bill to force public colleges and universities in Arkansas to allow staff and faculty to bring guns onto campus that was previously defeated found new life Thursday through the support of three Democrats.

Meet the Finalists of the 27th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2015 11:37 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

Arkansas Senate Committee Backs Prison Overhaul Bill

by Associated Press 2/26/2015 07:15 am

A key component of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to overhaul the state prison system and reduce an inmate backlog received bipartisan support from a Senate committee Wednesday.

Marcus Devine Named New Director for Division of Youth Services

by Associated Press 2/26/2015 07:07 am

A former Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality leader has been picked to direct the state agency responsible for housing and treating the state's youth offenders.

Arkansas Panel Rejects 'Conscience-Protection' on 3-3 Vote

by Associated Press 2/25/2015 01:25 pm

A "conscience-protection" proposal that critics say is an attempt to sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians has failed before an Arkansas legislative panel.

Arkansas Panel OKs Eliminating Death Sentence as Penalty

by Associated Press 2/25/2015 11:37 am

A proposal to abolish Arkansas' death penalty is heading to the state Senate.

Arkansas House Passes Lottery Bill, Sends to Hutchinson

by Associated Press 2/25/2015 07:08 am

Arkansas lawmakers have passed and sent to Gov. Asa Hutchinson a bill that would abolish the independent lottery commission and instead place it under Hutchinson's control.

Wal-Mart Criticizes 'Conscience Protection' Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/25/2015 07:00 am

Wal-Mart on Tuesday criticized a "conscience protection" measure in the retail giant's home state that opponents say sanctions discrimination against gays and lesbians, while Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also expressed concerns about the legislation.

After Meeting with Governor, Dan Douglas Puts Highway Bill On Hold

by Associated Press 2/25/2015 06:56 am

An Arkansas lawmaker says a proposal to shift tax revenue from car-related items to highways is on hold as he tries to find changes that could win the support of Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Hutchinson Signs Measure Expanding Computer Science Classes

by Associated Press 2/24/2015 03:18 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a measure requiring public high schools to offer computer science courses in the coming school year.

Blytheville Considering Repayment Plan for Sanitation Debt

by Associated Press 2/24/2015 12:52 pm

The city of Blytheville is considering a plan to repay the state tax sales that its trash and sanitation services have failed to pay since 2004.

Janet Yellen Reiterates Fed's Patience in Raising Rates

by Associated Press 2/24/2015 11:24 am

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the U.S. economy is making steady progress, but for now the Fed is sticking with patience in raising interest rates because the labor market is still healing and inflation is too low.

Survey: Uninsured Rate Hit New Low in 2014

by Associated Press 2/24/2015 11:06 am

Even as it faces another Supreme Court challenge, President Barack Obama's health care law has steadily reduced the number of uninsured Americans, according to an extensive survey released Tuesday.

Wal-Mart Opposes Arkansas Law Some See as Allowing LGBT Bias

by Associated Press 2/24/2015 07:38 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it opposes a new law in its home state of Arkansas to ban cities and counties from expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.