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State Legislators Approve Changes to Ballot Initiative Process

by Associated Press 3/6/2019 7:03 am

Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a bill overhauling how ballot measures are reviewed and certified.

Arkansas AG Approves Wording of Redistricting Ballot Measure

by Associated Press 2/28/2019 7:17 am

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office certifies the proposal from Protect AR Democracy, a ballot group formed earlier this month to support the measure.

Those Devilish Details (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 2/4/2019 12:00 am

A new Congress and the now undeniable commencement of the 2020 presidential election campaign season mean that the most personal political topic is inching its way back into the news: health care.

Oklahoma Utility Reduces Arkansas Rate Increase Request

by Associated Press 1/30/2019 2:06 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says Oklahoma Gas and Electric has agreed to reduce a rate increase request for its Arkansas customers from $6.4 million to $3.3 million.

Want State Business? Stay on Israel’s Side

by Kyle Massey 12/17/2018 12:00 am

The Arkansas Times, which lost ad business with the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College after rejecting pro-Israel language in an ad contract, is suing to neuter the state law requiring it.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge Criticizes Deal to Idle Entergy Coal Plants

by Kyle Massey 12/13/2018 4:03 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge cast doubt Thursday on a pending legal settlement that would guarantee the shutdown of Entergy Arkansas' two coal-fired electricity generation plants over the next dozen years.

The Full Monte: Suits Cite Spiral of Abuse

by Mark Friedman 11/5/2018 12:00 am

Monte Johnston was a successful Springdale businessman with several lucrative companies, a wife and four daughters, a big house and write-ups in local publications. But in 2015, his life started falling apart, personally and professionally.

Arkansas AG Hopeful: Increase Fines for Ethics Violations

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/18/2018 6:58 am

A Democrat running for attorney general in Arkansas on Monday proposed increasing the fines for violating the state's ethics laws and expanding what lobbyists must report in response to corruption probes that have involved several former lawmakers.

Not Good for Arkansas (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/17/2018 12:00 am

The Affordable Care Act has never gained the popular support that Democrats hoped. But neither has it been as deeply unpopular as Republicans believed it would be when they spent years promising to repeal “Obamacare” and possibly to replace it.

Obamacare Lawsuit Stirs Worries for Insurers

by Mark Friedman 9/17/2018 12:00 am

Arkansas and 19 other Republican-led states are taking their shot at dismantling the Affordable Care Act, rekindling the anxieties of health care executives who fear thousands of Arkansans could lose insurance coverage.

Leslie Rutledge Releases Records From Work at DHS

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/23/2018 6:38 am

Arkansas' attorney general on Wednesday released the remaining personnel records from her work at a state agency, including a form that she said incorrectly states she was discharged from the job for gross misconduct.

Former Billing Director of Nonprofit Charged With Medicaid Fraud

by Associated Press 8/21/2018 4:24 pm

The former billing director for a nonprofit mental health provider has been arrested on felony charges of helping defraud Arkansas' Medicaid program of $2.2 million.

Governor to Give Keynote at Ag, Tech Conference

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/13/2018 2:40 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be the keynote speaker for the agricultural law and technology conference Aug. 15-16.

Arkansas' Solicitor General Resigns to Join Walmart

by Associated Press 7/12/2018 7:00 am

A top attorney for Arkansas who has represented the state in lawsuits over abortion restrictions, efforts to resume executions and other cases is leaving for a job with Walmart later this month.

Leslie Rutledge to Hire Investigators for Corruption Cases

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/27/2018 3:30 pm

Arkansas' attorney general is hiring two investigators to handle public corruption cases following the conviction of several lawmakers and lobbyists in bribery schemes over the past year.

U.S. Supreme Court Deals Big Setback to Labor Unions

by Associated Press 6/27/2018 10:47 am

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor.

Federal Judge Again Blocks Arkansas Medication Abortion Law

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 6/19/2018 6:50 am

A federal judge on Monday again blocked Arkansas from enforcing a law that critics say makes the state the first in the nation to effectively ban abortion pills.

Political Opponents Seeking Fairness in Initiative Process

by Marty Cook 6/11/2018 12:00 am

David Couch is a self-proclaimed liberal lawyer and Jerry Cox is the head of the conservative Family Council in Little Rock. They rarely agree on anything, but they do agree on citizen-led ballot proposals.

Marijuana Company Accused of Offering Commissioner A Bribe

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 6/7/2018 3:41 pm

The Arkansas attorney general's office says a member of the commission that awards licenses to grow medical marijuana has accused an unsuccessful applicant of trying to bribe him.

Justices Allow Arkansas to Enforce Abortion Restrictions

by Associated Press 5/29/2018 10:45 am

The Supreme Court is allowing Arkansas to put in effect restrictions on how abortion pills are administered. Critics of a challenged state law say it could effectively end medication abortions in the state.