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  • recentState asks Judge Griffen to step down from Little Rock school lawsuit
    Attorneys for the state Education Department and the state Board of Education late Monday filed a letter in Pulaski Circuit Court asking Judge Wendell Griffen to not hear the case. The letter said it would file a formal motion if the judge…
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 7:10am -
  • Soup's on. Drinks, too. Free for legislators. You pay.
    Whew. After a light day Monday, the buffet boards are groaning today with free eats and drinks for legislators despite Amendment 94's ban on freebies.Just call it a scheduled activity — like a standing cocktail party at the Choo Choo Ro…
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 6:53am -
  • Monday night line is open
    Here's an open line and today's video headlines. [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
    - 16 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:16pm -
  • State urges judge to keep marriage ban in place until appeal decided
    The state responded late Monday to federal Judge Kristene Baker's request for arguments on whether she should keep in place her stay of the order invalidating the state ban on same-sex marriage.Plaintiffs in the suit asked that the stay be lifted i…
    - 16 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 4:56pm -
  • Health care task force members named
    House Speaker Jeremy Gillam announced today the House members on the task force established by Gov. Asa Hutchinson's legislative plan to continue the Obamacare Medicaid expansion through 2017 while studying alternative plans for delivery of…
    - 16 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 4:31pm -
  • House approves bill to force guns on college campuses
    Rep. Charlie Collins' bill to force Arkansas colleges and universities to allow staff members to carry concealed weapons on campus passed the House today 66-25. It was amended to allow colleges to add some additional training for pistol packers — a…
    - 17 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 4:13pm -
  • Drug company gives UAMS $10 million
    A pharmaceutical company that manufactures drugs to treat myeloma has donated a total of $10 million to the Myeloma Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, UAMS announced today at a press conference attended by several…
    - 17 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 3:41pm -
  • Mark Pryor heads in the direction of the lobby
    Venable LLP, a Washington law firm with a political lobbying component, announced today that former U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor had joined the firm. Congressional rules prevent him from immediately lobbying, but he will "counsel clients on i…
    - 17 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 3:34pm -
  • Ryan James, Bruce Westerman's chief of staff, departs
    K. Ryan James, who went to Washington with freshman 4th District U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman in January as his chief of staff, is heading home. He and Westerman decided over the weekend that he'd leave the staff. James said, "It's all on me." He sai…
    - 18 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 3:06pm -
  • Mike Wilson again raises alarm over pork spending
    Mike Wilson, a Jacksonville lawyer and former legislator who filed a lawsuit that won an Arkansas Supreme Court decision curtailing pork barrel spending by the legislature, is on the warpath  because the legislature is up to its old tricks.Wilson…
    - 19 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 1:41pm -

Arkansas News Bureau

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (State)

  • recentKelly Clarkson to play NLR in September
    Pop singer and original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is scheduled to perform in North Little Rock in September, Verizon Arena said Tuesday.
    - 29 mins ago, 3 Mar 15, 8:28am -
  • recentTexarkana board sets limits on travel expenses
    TEXARKANA — Members of the Texarkana City Board have approved a $1,200 limit on annual travel expenses for themselves after one member wanted to set the amount at $5,200.
    - 1 hour ago, 3 Mar 15, 7:32am -
  • recentLane closures set on I-630, I-430/I-40
    Lane closures are planned in the coming days on Interstate 630 in Little Rock and the Interstate 40/Interstate 430 interchange in North Little Rock, the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department said Tuesday.
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 7:19am -
  • recentHutchinson seeks photos of Arkansas for website
    LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants residents to submit photos they think best represent Arkansas to feature on the March 27 launch of his new website.
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 7:12am -
  • recentGroup to tout Arkansas businesses promoting LGBT diversity
    LITTLE ROCK — A national group is touting Arkansas businesses that it says are promoting diversity for gays as it fights "conscience protection" legislation that critics say would justify discrimination.
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 7:11am -
  • State to see ice, sleet, snow, near-record lows; 'significant accumulations' expected
    Much of Arkansas was set to go under winter storm warnings Wednesday for a system that's expected to drop "significant accumulations" of sleet and snow over a large swath of the state, the National Weather Service said.
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 6:43am -
  • Bill to expand parolee services moves to House
    Legislation designed to complement Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to combat prison crowding easily cleared the Senate on Monday.
    - 6 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 3:26am -
  • Hutchinson nominates Key for education commissioner
    Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday submitted the name of former Sen. Johnny Key as his choice for the job of state education commissioner, overseeing the state's 237 school districts and 18 charter school systems that together serve more than 460,000 stud…
    - 6 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 3:24am -
  • 2 citizens speak out against salary raises
    With significant pay raises expected for state lawmakers, including a recommended 148 percent increase for legislators, only two citizens appeared before the commission to criticize the proposals to increase pay for state officials.
    - 6 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 3:22am -
  • Cancer killed Missouri gunman's mom before rampage
    A 74-year-old Tyrone, Mo., woman died last week from cancer, a Missouri coroner said Monday.
    - 6 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 3:19am -

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  • Slapstick with Ross, Asa and other oddballs
    The comedy hits just keep coming in the governor’s race. Just yesterday: –Mike Ross said Asa Hutchinson may be the only lawyer in the history of the state to lose a trial with his brother on the jury, and Asa said that was snarky –Ross assailed…
    - 27 Mar 14, 7:33am -
  • Asa calls, chortles, challenges, converses
    Asa Hutchinson called this morning to chortle, challenge and converse on the matter of Mike Ross’s tax plan, and we covered several points that I want to share. Let’s get this out of the way: Hutchinson said he had met with officials of the Finan…
    - 6 Feb 14, 11:38am -
  • High drama on private option? Line in sand by Democrats?
    With Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View continuing to say it’s not all up to her and that she is a “no” on re-upping the private option for which she fashioned an all-about-me dramatic “aye” vote late in the regular session — though it app…
    - 31 Jan 14, 9:26am -
  • Private option looking great except politically
    There are developments regarding the state’s innovative Medicaid private option — developments beyond the potentially tragic political signals sent by the Jonesboro area in the special election Tuesday. First: The state has compiled the demograph…
    - 16 Jan 14, 10:49am -
  • Darr’s two minds, and the one he’ll follow
    My best reading is that Mark Darr is currently of two minds and goes back and forth between these minds with great speed and dexterity and frustration. One mind: Yes, I made errors and I was wrong. But, darnit, it’s not serious thievery and I could…
    - 10 Jan 14, 10:56am -
  • A Brummett Christmas. It was 1959 . . .
    A request poured in that I rerun a Christmas column of years past, something about my dad. But I don’t have a Christmas Day column this year and I’m wondering if the request confused a childhood Christmas remembrance with any of a half-dozen trib…
    - 24 Dec 13, 2:29pm -
  • Clubbing Tom Cotton with John Burris
    The employee-employer relationship between state Rep. John Burris of Harrison, a responsible Republican state representative, and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, an irresponsible congressman seeking undeserved promotion to the U.S. Senate, is indeed a delicate…
    - 17 Dec 13, 12:15pm -
  • All tied up for Senate and governor
    Last week Republicans gleefully touted a poll commissioned by a bankroller of Tom Cotton that said Cotton was ahead of Mark Pryor by 48-41 in our big U. S. Senate race. So it seems fair today to report a survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic…
    - 16 Dec 13, 10:58am -

The Arkansas Project

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Arkansas Business

  • recentTexarkana, Arkansas, Board Sets Travel Limits Amid Flap
    Members of the Texarkana, Arkansas, City Board have approved a $1,200 limit on annual travel expenses for themselves after one member wanted to set the amount at $5,200.
    - 1 hour ago, 3 Mar 15, 7:30am -
  • Members of Arkansas Task Force to Study Medicaid Plan Named
    Twelve Republicans and four Democrats have been named to a legislative task force studying alternatives for covering the thousands of people currently on Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion.
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 6:50am -
  • Arkansas Senate OKs State Prison Overhaul Plan
    The Arkansas Senate has approved a key part of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to ease overcrowding of state inmates at local jails.
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 6:49am -
  • Mark Pryor Takes Job with Venable
    Former U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is taking a job with a Washington law firm's government affairs practice, months after the Democrat lost his bid for a third term representing Arkansas.
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 6:47am -
  • Members of Arkansas Task Force to Study Medicaid Plan Named
    Twelve Republicans and four Democrats have been named to a legislative task force studying alternatives for covering the thousands of people currently on Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion.
    - 16 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 4:31pm -
  • Arkansas Senate OKs State Prison Overhaul Plan
    By a 33-0 vote, the Senate approved legislation on Monday authorizing a partnership with counties around the state on regional facilities to hold inmates. The legislation, which now heads to the House, also allows inmates to apply for Medicaid benefi…
    - 16 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 4:29pm -
  • School Consolidation Waivers Endorsed by Arkansas House
    The House voted 95-0 Monday to allow school districts with fewer than 350 students to apply for a waiver from the state. Smaller districts that meet academic, fiscal and facility standards set by the state would be eligible to avoid consolidation wit…
    - 17 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 4:10pm -
  • Arkansas House Supports Guns on Campus Bill
    Arkansas universities couldn't prevent faculty or staff from bringing concealed firearms to class under a proposal supported by House members.
    - 18 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 3:26pm -

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Business)

  • Retailers heed Wal-Mart's wage boost
    Working at Wal-Mart is not the only way for low-income earners to benefit from the retailer's announced wage increase.
    - 7 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:15am -
  • Trustee: Turner Grain is hopeless
    The trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court wants Turner Grain Merchandising Inc., the troubled Brinkley-based grain dealer, to liquidate its assets, rather than attempt to restructure, so it can repay its debts.
    - 7 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:15am -
  • Tysons' UA gift to help ag research center rise
    FAYETTEVILLE -- A $5 million dollar gift from Tyson Foods Inc. and the Tyson family will help fund an approximately 60,000-square-foot research facility for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, officials announced Monday.
    - 8 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 1:00am -
  • Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes’ list of billionaires
    NEW YORK — The world’s richest person got even richer this year.
    - 22 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 11:02am -
  • Texarkana airport says money woes endanger regional status
    TEXARKANA — The director of the Texarkana Regional Airport says its status as a commercial regional airport could be in danger.
    - 22 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 10:28am -
  • Wal-Mart tests skills initiative
    Employees at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have seen what the best-case scenario looks like.
    - 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 2:03am -
  • 5 Hall of Fame inductees drove state ag forward
    To Butch Calhoun of Des Arc, the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame honors the people who have led the way in making the $20 billion industry what it is today, even as fewer people have direct ties to farming.
    - 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 2:02am -
  • Permit filings name outlet stores
    Retailers going in Outlets at Little Rock are starting to take out building permits to finish their plain, white-box spaces -- among them Gap Factory, Banana Republic and OshKosh B'Gosh/Carter's.
    - 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 2:01am -

Tolbert Report from Youtube

Scam pretending to be IRS
Scam pretending to be IRSScam.From:Jason TolbertViews:1 0ratingsTime:00:48More inPeople & Blogs
- 12 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 8:38pm -
Huckabee on "Art of Governing"
Huckabee on "Art of Governing"Mike Huckabee discusses his time as governor of Arkansas and "Art of Governing" on his Fox News show.From:Jason TolbertViews:29 0ratingsTime:03:54More inPeople & Blogs
- 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:11am -
Mike Huckabee Uses Blanche Lincoln to Pander to Sheldon Adelson
Mike Huckabee Uses Blanche Lincoln to Pander to Sheldon AdelsonMike Huckabee on his Fox News Show Uses Blanche Lincoln to Pander to Sheldon Adelso.From:Jason TolbertViews:123 2ratingsTime:05:58More inPeople & Blogs
- 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:11am -
Cotton hammers Pryor on Obama
Cotton hammers Pryor on ObamaTom Cotton in the US Senate Debate on AETN.From:Jason TolbertViews:87 0ratingsTime:01:10More inPeople & Blogs
- 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:11am -
Austin Barbour advice to the Tea Party
Austin Barbour advice to the Tea PartySpeaking at the Clinton School of Public Service, Austin Barbour advice to the Tea Party.From:Jason TolbertViews:58 0ratingsTime:04:20More inPeople & Blogs
- 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:11am -
Cotton Defend Farm Bill Ad: Discusses Energy Policy
Cotton Defend Farm Bill Ad: Discusses Energy PolicyTom Cotton defends a campaign ad in which he says President Obama hijacked the Farm Bill to make it a Food Stamp Bill.From:Jason TolbertViews:164 1ratingsTime:02:18More inPeople & B…
- 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:11am -

WholeHogSports

Arkansas Razorbacks (Yahoo!)

Arkansas Online - Sports

  • Hendrix (12-16) gets rolling at right time
    Thad McCracken's agenda on Monday morning seemed unrealistic in the middle of February.
    - 6 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:39am -
  • Winter threatens to juggle schedule
    Arkansas high school basketball coaches are keeping an eye on weather forecasts this week almost as closely as they are their own teams or their opponents.
    - 6 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:37am -
  • Injury bug bites SEC's top teams
    The injury bug hit the SEC women's basketball teams in a big way in 2014-2015.
    - 6 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:35am -
  • Hogs clear field, pile on Panthers
    First the Arkansas Razorbacks cleaned. Then they swept.
    - 6 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:34am -
  • Critics take shots at Kentucky, miss mark
    It has almost become a March ritual, like when Kelvin Sampson was the head coach at Oklahoma and jobs would come open, somehow his name always got mentioned.
    - 6 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:33am -
  • Texas' defense key in OT victory over Baylor
    AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Longhorns had just gone ahead of Baylor in overtime, and Bears' guard Kenny Chery had less than 5 seconds to bring the 14th-ranked Bears back.
    - 6 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:32am -
  • Ole Miss trending wrong way
    FAYETTEVILLE -- Of the six SEC teams projected to make the NCAA Tournament field, only one -- Mississippi -- will enter the final week of the regular season on a slight downward trend.
    - 6 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:30am -
  • Central Arkansas men fall to Sam Houston
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Kaheem Ransom and Paul Baxter had 12 points apiece to lead Sam Houston State (23-6, 14-2 Southland Conference) to a victory over Central Arkansas (2-25, 2-14) on Monday night.
    - 6 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:29am -