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HuffPost Listens, and Violence Echoes

by Kyle Massey 9/25/2017 12:00 am

HuffPost came to Little Rock ready to listen, and the city gave the New York-based website an earful.

AEDC's Program for Minority Firms Extends Its Mission

by Kyle Massey 9/4/2017 12:00 am

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s online directory of minority-owned firms now lists some 275 certified companies, and Pat Brown’s team is busy certifying women-owned businesses.

Arkansas Panel Faces Pressure Over Tax Breaks (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/30/2017 7:12 am

The toughest job for a task force looking at an overhaul of Arkansas' tax code will be resisting pressure from a list of lobbying groups hoping to protect exemption.

Dismang, Gillam Pick 16 for Governor's Tax Reform Group

by Associated Press 5/8/2017 11:37 am

Ten Republicans and six Democrats have been named to serve on a legislative task force that will recommend tax cuts before the 2019 session.

Arkansas Lawmakers OK Ban of Common Abortion Procedure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/26/2017 2:35 pm

Arkansas' governor on Thursday approved a ban on a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure - restrictions that are expected to face a legal challenge.

Education Savings Accounts Bill Draws Skepticism from Superintendents, Governor

by Ibby Caputo, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network 1/26/2017 11:44 am

A bill that would establish education savings accounts in Arkansas is breaking new ground in school choice legislation, according to its sponsor. But critics say it could pose major fiscal problems for Arkansas if passed in its current form.

Panel OKs Lottery's $34.5M Advertising Contract With CJRW

by Kyle Massey 1/24/2017 5:44 pm

A legislative subcommittee gave a thumbs-up to a five-year, $34.5 million advertising contract to CJRW to market the Arkansas Scholarship lottery. But first, lawmakers got a primer on the limitations they face in reviewing contracts.

Lawmakers Decline to Approve Lottery Ad Contract

by Kyle Massey 1/18/2017 11:51 am

After grilling Lottery Director Bishop Woosley and State Procurement Director Edward Armstrong for nearly an hour over the process that awarded a $34.5 million, five-year lottery advertising contract to CJRW, a legislative subcommittee votes not to approve the contract. Later, the full committee kicks the matter back to the subcommittee.

Arkansas Delegates Look for Rebound at Democratic Convention

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/25/2016 6:58 am

Arkansas' delegates hope having Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket will energize a state party that's been routed by Republicans over the past three elections.

Arkansas Democrats Select Delegates for Party Convention

by Associated Press 6/13/2016 7:02 am

The Arkansas Democratic Party has selected its delegates for the national presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia.

Arkansas Senate OKs Ten Commandments Monument

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/26/2015 6:58 am

The Arkansas Senate voted Wednesday to allow a Ten Commandments display to be built near the Capitol, a move the lawmaker has called a nod to history but critics have said would amount to the state endorsing religion.

Lake View Case's Shadow Shrinks (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/9/2015 6:57 am

By allowing school districts to avoid being merged with their neighbors when they fall below the state's minimum enrollment, the Arkansas Legislature signaled that the shadow of a long-running education funding case no longer looms large.

Arkansas Senate Committee Backs Prison Overhaul Bill

by Associated Press 2/26/2015 7:15 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.

State Board Votes to Take Over Little Rock School District

by Associated Press 1/29/2015 7:25 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 Senate Panel Rejects Joyce Elliott's Immigrant Tuition Bill

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/10/2013 11:15 am

A proposal aimed at allowing Arkansas colleges and universities to extend in-state tuition rates to some immigrants who came to the country illegally has failed before a state Senate committee.

Arkansas Chamber Backs In-State Tuition Proposal

by Associated Press 4/3/2013 4:51 pm

The state's largest business lobbying organization is joining advocates in urging Arkansas lawmakers to approve extending cheaper in-state tuition rates to some students who came to the country illegally.

Consultants, Nucor, Correnti Talk Big River Steel in 5-Hour Session

by Michael Stratford, The Associated Press 3/26/2013 7:16 am

A pair of outside consultants on Monday offered mixed reviews of Gov. Mike Beebe's proposal to provide a company with $125 million in state financing to build a steel mill in the northeast part of the state.

Mike Beebe: No Opposition to In-State Tuition for Illegal Students

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press 3/24/2013 3:15 pm

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe said he's not opposed to extending cheaper in-state tuition rates to some students who came to the U.S. illegally as children, despite concerns about it violating federal law.

Different Landscape for Tuition Bill (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/17/2013 5:22 pm

Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott and Republican Sen. Johnny Key haven't agreed on much during the first nine weeks of this legislative session, and have split on proposals to restrict abortions in Arkansas, voter ID requirements and competing bills to rewrite the state's school choice law.

Arkansas Lawmakers Debate School Transfer Changes

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/13/2013 4:41 pm

Removing race as the main factor in deciding whether a student can transfer to another school district in Arkansas would give parents more control on educational choices for their children, one lawmaker said Wednesday, but opponents warned the idea could lead to segregation.

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