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  • recentBentonville School Board member accused of 'cyber bullying'
    The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Bentonville School Board is set to discuss a parent's complaint of cyber bullying of her daughter by School Board member Rebecca Powell.Paula Mantel said Powell had called her daughter an ath…
    - 1 hour ago, 22 May 15, 6:54am -
  • The woo pig open line; also guilty verdict in Darrell Dennis murder trial
    Here's an open line, today's news video and also, from KUAF, our headline of the day: Feral Swine Herds Invading Arkansas, Missouri In Arkansas, land of the Razorback, it's almost poetic, in an end-times sort of w…
    - 15 hours ago, 21 May 15, 5:11pm -
  • Details on the $87 million for Lockheed Martin
    J.R. Davis, the governor's press spokesman, provided me with some additional information on the $87 million state bond issue Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to help Lockheed Martin expand a Camden facility to produce military vehicles, if it wins the feder…
    - 16 hours ago, 21 May 15, 3:34pm -
  • Magazine obtains police report over Josh Duggar sexual molestation investigation; he admits past 'mistakes,' resigns Family Council job
    In Touch magazine reports that it has obtained a Springdale police report containing allegations of sexual misconduct in 2002 against an unnamed teen that it says it has confirmed was Josh Duggar, 27, a minor at the time and now a prom…
    - 17 hours ago, 21 May 15, 2:37pm -
  • Arkansas gay rodeo draws attention
    Steve Barnes, reporting for Reuters, pairs the recent International Gay Rodeo Association rodeo in Little Rock with the state's official push — from governor on down — for legal discrimination against gay people. The article does mention…
    - 18 hours ago, 21 May 15, 1:39pm -
  • Hutchinson says bond issue for Lockheed Martin would be $87 million
    Gov. Asa Hutchinson talked with reporters this morning about the items on his call for a special session to begin next Tuesday including $87 million in corporate welfare for a major defense contractor with a budget bigger than the state of A…
    - 20 hours ago, 21 May 15, 11:41am -
  • League of Women Voters raises concerns about Little Italy incorporation
    Officials of the League of Women Voters of Pulaski County have raised questions, though not formal opposition, about the incorporation of Little Italy, the remote community in northwestern Pulaski County. This week, the county certifie…
    - 22 hours ago, 21 May 15, 10:09am -
  • Obamacare: What if?
    Jonathan Chait writes in New York magazine of the dilemma facing Republicans if the U.S. Supreme Court does make an outlandish ruling that a drafting error essentially invalidates the plain meaning of the Affordable Care Act.It's easily fixed by a…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 6:49am -
  • Huckabee to pass up Iowa straw poll
    Mike Huckabee, who used the oft-criticized Iowa Republican straw poll to his early advantage in a 2008 run for president, says he won't participate this year because it would work against evangelical types such as himself. Huckabee says…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 6:37am -
  • The midweek open line: Plus, Duggars, Tom Cotton, death of white rhino
    Here's the midweek open line and today's headline roundup by video. Also: * DUGGAR NEWS: We link. You decide.* TOM COTTON, AGAIN: Sen. Tom Cotton blocked the required unanimous consent to a motion by Republican colleague Mike Lee to…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 4:15pm -

Arkansas News Bureau

  • Josh Duggar resigns from Family Research Council amid reports of alleged child molestation
    LITTLE ROCK — Former reality TV star Josh Duggar resigned Thursday from his position as executive director of the lobbying arm of the conservative Family Research Council amid reports that as a young teenager he allegedly molested several young gir…
    - 12 hours ago, 21 May 15, 8:23pm -
  • Arkansas Tech University trustees OK tuition hike
    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees on Thursday approved tuition increases for its Russellville and Ozark campuses, the university said.
    - 13 hours ago, 21 May 15, 6:53pm -
  • Court: Blood test without consent OK
    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a man’s conviction of driving while intoxicated, rejecting his argument that his blood was tested illegally without his consent.
    - 13 hours ago, 21 May 15, 6:50pm -
  • Death-row inmate wins new hearing
    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas death-row inmate Kenneth Isom is entitled to a new court hearing, a divided Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
    - 13 hours ago, 21 May 15, 6:46pm -
  • Hutchinson says he’ll seek $87.1 million bond issue
    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he will ask legislators during next week’s special session to approve an $87.1 million bond issue to help Lockheed Martin land a military contract that could bring 600 new jobs to southern Arkansas.
    - 14 hours ago, 21 May 15, 6:16pm -
  • Authorities: Multi-state prescription drug operation nets 280 arrests
    LITTLE ROCK — A four-state operation targeting prescription drug trafficking has resulted in the arrests of 280 people, including several Arkansas doctors, nurses and pharmacists, authorities said Wednesday.
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 7:37pm -
  • Governor issues call for special session, announces agenda
    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday officially called for a special legislative session to begin Tuesday and listed the issues he wants lawmakers to address when they return to the Capitol.
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 5:25pm -
  • National panel hears testimony on hunger in Arkansas
    LITTLE ROCK — A national commission studying hunger in the U.S. heard testimony Tuesday in Arkansas, which is among the states with the highest hunger and poverty levels in the nation.
    - 2 days ago, 19 May 15, 8:14pm -
  • Arkansas Electric Coop adds more wind
    The Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation added 108 megawatts of potential wind energy to its portfolio.
    - 3 days ago, 19 May 15, 6:11pm -
  • Groups seek tougher disclosure laws, oppose Citizens United
    LITTLE ROCK — A coalition of groups marched and a held news conference Tuesday touting support for a proposed ballot initiative that would toughen disclosure rules and call on Arkansas to join the fight to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citize…
    - 3 days ago, 19 May 15, 5:49pm -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (State)

  • recentForecasters warn of more rain on holiday
    LITTLE ROCK — Downpours have flooded lakeside campsites and made the Arkansas River unsafe for recreation heading into the Memorial Day weekend, when even more rain is projected to fall across the state.
    - 44 mins ago, 22 May 15, 7:14am -
  • For project, governor seeking $87.1M bond
    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that he is seeking the Arkansas Legislature's approval next week for an $87.1 million bond issue to help Lockheed Martin compete for a federal defense contract in Camden.
    - 4 hours ago, 22 May 15, 4:15am -
  • 5 UA campuses' student costs go up by $300-plus
    Tuition and mandatory fees for the average in-state student will increase by more than $300 yearly at five University of Arkansas System campuses under rates set Thursday by system trustees.
    - 4 hours ago, 22 May 15, 4:13am -
  • Friend's role focus of Clinton emails
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received monthly missives about the growing unrest in Libya from a longtime friend who was previously barred by the White House from working for her as a government employee, according to emails receiv…
    - 4 hours ago, 22 May 15, 4:12am -
  • Parolee who killed gets life term
    Convicted of capital murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping, a gum-chewing Darrell Dennis quietly received the resulting lifetime prison sentence with no expression Thursday.
    - 4 hours ago, 22 May 15, 4:09am -
  • Oldest of TV's 19 Kids admits to wrongdoing
    Josh Duggar resigned as director of a conservative lobbying organization Thursday after the disclosure of allegations of sexual misconduct when he was a teenager.
    - 4 hours ago, 22 May 15, 4:08am -
  • Students' costs set to rise after boards vote at Tech, HSU
    Trustees for Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and Henderson State University in Arkadelphia met separately Thursday and raised the cost of attendance at each university.
    - 4 hours ago, 22 May 15, 3:44am -
  • UA's eVersity to cost $165 per credit hour
    Tuition will be $165 per credit hour for the new online-only eVersity, the University of Arkansas System board of trustees decided Thursday.
    - 4 hours ago, 22 May 15, 3:44am -
  • UA board notebook
    Hiring search grows for UAM chancellor BATESVILLE -- Additional candidates will be considered for the chancellor position at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt said Thursday.
    - 4 hours ago, 22 May 15, 3:43am -
  • Agency mergers aim for $10M in savings
    Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that his proposal to merge four small state agencies into three other larger agencies could save taxpayers about $10 million over five years.
    - 4 hours ago, 22 May 15, 3:40am -

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  • Asa’s veneer of niceness and centrism
    Asa Hutchinson keeps governing from the right and talking from the center. That makes him the inverse of Bill Clinton, who once was credited by a labor lobbyist with the splendid dexterity to hug you while urinating on your leg. There is a vintage As…
    - 25 days ago, 27 Apr 15, 4:01pm -
  • The two faces of Tim — UPDATE
    Politico reports that Mike Huckabee is lining up campaign staff for his personal rebranding refreshment campaign that will encompass a perfunctory bid for the Republican presidential nomination. It reports that the lieutenant governor of Arkansas, a…
    - 29 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 8:29am -
  • How’s Mike Beebe doing?
    So I chatted by phone this morning with Mike Beebe. It was the first time we’d talked since he left the building. Any governmental or legislative commentary or analysis was off-the-record, not that he had much of that to offer. I just wondered how…
    - 45 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 2:33pm -
  • A blogging ode to spring — tiptoeing through the tulips
    I’ll just tell you: I’m a real sissy for the tulips. I tiptoe through ‘em like a regular falsetto. It started years ago – the last century, I think. Shalah and I had one of our best vacations, starting in Amsterdam. We caught a bus to Haarlem…
    - 46 days ago, 6 Apr 15, 5:37pm -
  • Quoting Vickery on the gay matter
    Credit where due: Conservative quipster/lobbyist Bill Vickery said during my monthly sit-in with him on his radio show Sunday morning that, when it came to religious rights and gay rights in Arkansas from the big to-do last week, “nothing has chang…
    - 46 days ago, 6 Apr 15, 4:28pm -
  • Too scared to rule, state Supreme Court rules — CORRECTED
    The Arkansas Supreme Court announced Thursday a little something I wish to paraphrase generously, indeed embellish, but only for worthy purposes of candor and clarity. The court is dealing in chaff and somebody needs to get in there and pick out the…
    - 49 days ago, 3 Apr 15, 7:55am -
  • On the religion-gay issue
    I just released my column for tomorrow on HB1228, the religious conscience bill that outrages the gay and lesbian movement, after inserting a few hedging phrases in concession to a bit of morning buzz. I am told that Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who has comm…
    - 53 days ago, 30 Mar 15, 11:52am -
  • On thou shalt not kill, and meanness

    - 57 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 12:34pm -

The Arkansas Project

  • Every New Lockheed Martin Job Will Cost Taxpayers $145,000
    At Gov. Hutchinson’s press conference today, he announced the approximate tab would be $87 million in taxpayer financing for the project.
    - 14 hours ago, 21 May 15, 6:10pm -
  • Is “Citizens United” Destroying Our Democracy? Nah.
    Is our democracy at a tipping point due to sinister big-money interests? Yesterday, I attended a rally at the Capitol, where left-wing activists were exhorting us all to repeal or regulate political speech by getting a ballot question before voters i…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 3:47pm -
  • Westerman: Fund Highways, Cut Obamacare
    After all, roads are within the proper scope of government’s responsibilities. Giving Medicaid to able-bodied, childless adults through Medicaid expansion traditionally hasn’t been government’s responsibility. Until, I suppose, very recently.
    - 3 days ago, 19 May 15, 6:19pm -
  • In The News: Medicaid “Reforms” and Dental Overregulation
    Here are a couple of items of interest for Arkansas conservatives in the news recently.
    - 4 days ago, 18 May 15, 6:04pm -
  • A Few Thoughts On the Health Care Task Force Shenanigans This Week
    It’s not been a very good week for those who expected the Arkansas Health Care Task Force to produce the promised new “reforms” and “innovation” of the state’s Medicaid program. Medicaid Audit You’d think an audit of Arkansas’s existi…
    - 7 days ago, 15 May 15, 3:52pm -
  • Four Times State Governments “Invested” Taxpayer Money Unwisely
    With state “investment” in “job creation” in the headlines in Arkansas once again, we thought it would be worthwhile to recall some of the more heinous examples of how state governments have wasted taxpayer dollars across the nation.
    - 8 days ago, 14 May 15, 6:58pm -
  • The Emperor Had No O’Care Waiver
    Last month the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) crew broke a big story: Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) officials hadn’t been checking “private option” Medicaid expansion enrollees’ eligibility, as required by federa…
    - 9 days ago, 13 May 15, 2:29pm -
  • How Much Will Lockheed Martin Project Cost Taxpayers?
    Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced yesterday that he’ll be calling a special session later this month. At the top of the agenda: getting legislative approval for “incentives” to lure a Lockheed Martin defense project to Camden, Arkansas.
    - 10 days ago, 12 May 15, 4:09pm -

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Business)

  • Acxiom logs $11M loss in '15
    The $11.04 million loss that Acxiom Corp. recorded for the 2015 fiscal year is partly due to the revenue decline in the information-technology segment it plans to sell off in a potential $190 million deal, the company reported Thursday.
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:05am -
  • Baker Street Capital sells stake in trucker
    One of USA Truck's largest shareholders has sold its stake in the Van Buren-based company, but Chief Financial Officer Michael Borrows said Thursday that Baker Street Capital Management's departure will not affect day-to-day operations.
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:01am -
  • Summit: Hispanics play growing role in U.S. labor
    The face of the America's workforce is becoming increasingly more Hispanic, Robert Rodriguez, founder and president of Chicago-based DRR Advisors, told business leaders Thursday.
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:01am -
  • News in brief
    $500,000 Tyson gift aids arts center redo Tyson Foods has made a $500,000 donation toward the Walton Arts Center's $23 million expansion.
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 15, 1:53am -
  • Hytrol Conveyor in Jonesboro announces $12 million expansion
    JONESBORO — Hytrol Conveyor Co. in Jonesboro has announced plans for a $12 million expansion that will include at least 36 new jobs.
    - 19 hours ago, 21 May 15, 12:44pm -
  • Acxiom to sell unit for up to $190M
    Acxiom Corp. is selling its struggling information-technology infrastructure management operations in a potential $190 million deal with two private-equity firms, the Little Rock-based company said Wednesday.
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 3:56am -
  • March home sales up 16%
    Home sales in Arkansas in March jumped almost 16 percent compared with March last year, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Wednesday.
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 2:25am -
  • Target's 1Q showing trumps Wal-Mart's reversal efforts
    Target is beating Wal-Mart in the race to beef up sales.
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 2:21am -

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  • LSU makes UA pay for mistakes
    LSU did in Arkansas again at the SEC Tournament late Thursday night, but the No. 1-ranked Tigers had plenty of help.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:50am -
  • Wernes wins fray in the 9th
    Bobby Wernes, the hero of Arkansas' 7-6 victory over No. 6 Florida early Thursday morning at the SEC Tournament, downplayed his 12-pitch battle with Bobby Poyner that resulted in a lead-changing two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:36am -
  • Texas receiver likes what he's heard about Hogs
    Highly sought receiver Tyrie Cleveland plans to visit Arkansas in June because of his relationship with defensive backs coach Clay Jennings.
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:17am -
  • Razorbacks women’s team ready for a new format
    Arkansas Coach Shauna Estes-Taylor believes her women's golf team has a shot at the NCAA title over the next week.
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:15am -
  • LSU rolls past error-prone Hogs
    Arkansas had more errors than runs Thursday at the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
    - 9 hours ago, 21 May 15, 11:10pm -
  • Arkansas-LSU Live Blog
    Follow along as No. 20 Arkansas plays No. 1 LSU in the SEC Tournament Thursday night in Hoover, Ala.
    - 12 hours ago, 21 May 15, 7:47pm -
  • Louisiana LB commits to Hogs
    Louisiana linebacker De’jon Harris, who attended Arkansas’ Red-White spring game, has committed to Arkansas.
    - 13 hours ago, 21 May 15, 7:18pm -
  • Florida pounds Auburn to stay alive
    Josh Tobias went 4 for 5 with two RBIs and Florida knocked Auburn out of the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday with an 11-2 victory.
    - 15 hours ago, 21 May 15, 5:18pm -

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  • LSU makes UA pay for mistakes
    LSU did in Arkansas again at the SEC Tournament late Thursday night, but the No. 1-ranked Tigers had plenty of help.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:50am -
    HEPTATHLON It’s Lexi by a point Lexi Weeks and Tori Weeks have competed against each other all their lives, so it was no surprise to see the 19th state high school heptathlon come down to the twin sisters from Cabot.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:48am -
  • Warriors hang on behind Curry's 33
    James Harden had Game 2 on his fingertips -- and then he didn't.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:47am -
  • Bryant's swagger essential
    Bryant Coach Julie Long knew her girls soccer team was ready to make another run toward the Class 7A state championship match when it beat defending champion Bentonville earlier this season.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:45am -
  • Wampus Cats are ahead of schedule
    Conway Coach Noel Boucher wasn't expecting this.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:44am -
  • Sheridan, Benton roll into 6A final
    The Sheridan Yellowjackets are going into the Class 6A state championship game on an impressive roll.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:42am -
  • Harper shows Yanks a different side
    When Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was ejected from Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees after arguing a low strike, there was no celebration in the Yankees' dugout. No high-fives. No fist pumps.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:40am -
  • Commission considering WMA boating regulation
    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission heard a proposal at its monthly meeting Thursday in Little Rock to reduce reckless boat operation on wildlife management areas.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 2:39am -