Government & Politics Archive

Petition Approved for Little Italy to Become Town

by Associated Press 5/15/2015 01:37 pm

The Pulaski County clerk's office has certified a petition from the roughly 380-person community of Little Italy asking to become a town.

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Consultant Contract for Medicaid Plan

by Associated Press 5/15/2015 10:45 am

Arkansas lawmakers have approved a $1 million contract with a consultant looking at the future of the state's compromise Medicaid expansion, but the House speaker says he'll recommend working with another firm as well.

Tech Park Board Chooses WDD Architects for Phase 1 of Project

by Mark Carter 5/14/2015 03:55 pm

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board has selected Wittenberg Delony & Davidson as the architect for the first phase of the tech park, planned for the Main Street corridor in downtown Little Rock.

Arkansas Lottery Says Cuts Will Boost Money for Scholarships

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/14/2015 03:36 pm

The director of Arkansas' lottery says cutbacks from an overhaul of the games will increase the amount of money available for college scholarships next year, but said its revenue is behind expectations so far this year.

Denny Altes Appointed to Serve as State's Drug Director

by Associated Press 5/14/2015 06:58 am

A former legislator who represented west Arkansas in both the state House and Senate has been appointed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson as the state's drug director.

Pulaski County Asks Bureau to Say No to Quapaw Land Request

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 5/14/2015 06:56 am

Pulaski County officials sent a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs this week asking to decline a request by the Quapaw Tribe that 160 acres of land be entered into federal trust.

Independent Citizens Commission Votes to Raise Prosecutors' Pay

by Associated Press 5/13/2015 04:35 pm

An Arkansas commission quickly approved raising full-time prosecutors' salaries by 23 percent on Wednesday, a move that's drawn a relatively muted response compared to the public backlash over pay increases granted other elected officials earlier this year.

Technology Revolutionizes Voter Registration for 2016

by Associated Press 5/13/2015 11:20 am

When President Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, only two states offered a website where citizens could register to vote.

Little Italy Files Petition for Incorporation in Pulaski County

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/13/2015 10:39 am

Residents of the Pulaski County community known as Little Italy have filed with the Pulaski County Clerk to incorporate the area.

Federal Funding for Arkansas Highways to End May 31

by Associated Press 5/13/2015 06:58 am

The director of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says federal funding for the state's highway projects will end May 31.

Special Session Renews Push for Earlier Arkansas Primary

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/13/2015 06:55 am

A special legislative session planned later this month is raising hopes among some Arkansas Republican lawmakers that they'll get another chance to move up the state's presidential primary as part of a southeastern regional nominating contest.

Eureka Springs Votes to Uphold Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

by Associated Press 5/13/2015 06:54 am

Voters in a northwest Arkansas town have upheld an expanded anti-discrimination ordinance passed by the City Council in February. Preliminary results show the Eureka Springs ordinance was ratified by a 579-231 vote in Tuesday's special election, according to local media reports.

Asa Hutchinson Declares Disaster Area After Severe Storms

by Associated Press 5/12/2015 06:51 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has issued a disaster proclamation for 10 counties after touring some of the damage from Sunday night's storms that killed two people.

Asa Hutchinson Calls Special Legislative Session

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/11/2015 12:42 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's calling lawmakers back to the Capitol later this month to consider incentives aimed at luring a defense contract to the state.

Little Rock Port Authority Board Passes Land-Use Resolution

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 5/11/2015 07:06 am

The Little Rock Port Authority Board of Directors passed a resolution Friday encouraging appropriate land use and development on property beside its industrial park facilities.

Mike Huckabee's Influence Seen in State's Politics (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/11/2015 07:03 am

Touting himself as an outsider as he launched his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is relying on many of the same themes that helped him first get elected 22 years ago.

Eureka Springs Split Over Anti-Discrimination Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/11/2015 07:01 am

Eureka Springs voters decide Tuesday whether to repeal a recent local ordinance that extends discrimination protections to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Walter Hussman Asks City of Little Rock To Abandon Alley

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Alleys in the heart of the big city present a different value, sometimes appreciated more in terms of monetary worth. That distinction is brought home regarding an alley in downtown Little Rock that recently drew special attention at City Hall.

Jerry Spratt Honored by Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountains

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Jerry Spratt of Maumelle is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner who spent 38 years with the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit. As assistant legislative auditor and legislative audit administrator between 1980 and 2006, he was involved with more than 1,000 government audits that found shortages and obtained more than 100 confessions.

Education & Business (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/11/2015 12:00 am

As regular readers know, Arkansas Business typically takes a closer look at one industry or topic each week, and this week that “spotlight” topic is education. More specifically, it is “Education & Business,” and readers also know that the two are inseparable. Sometimes stories about education and business seem inseparable as well.

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