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<p>Michael Lamoureux talks to a reporter in the Senate Chamber in 2013 while serving as Senate president pro tem. (Arkansas News Bureau file photo)</p>

Hutchinson’s Chief Of Staff To Leave Post

May 03, 2016 10:51am

LITTLE ROCK — Michael Lamoureux, Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s chief of staff and a former state legislator, said Monday he will leave his current position at the end of the month.

Lamoureux, a...

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Ex-Benton County Sheriff Pleads No Contest To Misdemeanor

Apr 30, 2016 5:05am

LITTLE ROCK — Former Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor charge of tampering and was sentenced to six months of probation and fined $500.

Cradduck,...

<p>State Rep. Jim Dotson, R-Bentonville, attends a meeting Thursday of the Joint Budget Committee. The panel rejected a proposal by Dotson to limit how Arkansans can use welfare benefits. (Dale Ellis photo)</p>

Proposal To Limit Use Of TANF Benefits Stalls

Updated: Apr 29, 2016 4:50pm

LITTLE ROCK — Proposals to restrict how Arkansans can spend welfare benefits and create a new way to appeal decisions of the Capitol Zoning District Commission in Little Rock stalled in the Joint...

<p>Sebastian County Judge David Hudson, left, and Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck address the state Legislative Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force on Thursday. The task force is studying possible ways to reduce prison overcrowding. (Dale Ellis photo)</p>

Mentally Ill People Driving Up Prison Populations, Task Force Told

Apr 29, 2016 11:02am

LITTLE ROCK — On average, the percentage of mentally ill people behind bars is more than three times the percentage of people in the general population with mental illness, a legislative task...

Court Appoints Special Judge In Disbarment Case Against Maumelle Lawyer

Updated: Apr 29, 2016 10:57am

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday appointed a special judge to preside over disbarment proceedings against a Maumelle lawyer accused of recommending that a client have potential...

Court: Accident Reports Must Be Released Without Redactions

Apr 29, 2016 5:05am

LITTLE ROCK — Accidents reports in Arkansas must be open to the public without the redaction of personal information, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

In a 5-2 decision, the court...

Planned Parenthood Seeks To Drop Part Of Suit Over Abortion Pill Restrictions

Updated: Apr 28, 2016 10:34am

LITTLE ROCK — Planned Parenthood of the Heartland told a federal judge Wednesday it wants to drop part of its lawsuit challenging a state law restricting the use of the abortion pill.

The...

<p>Rep. Michael John Gray, D-Augusta, attends a Joint Budget Committee meeting Wednesday. The panel rejected a proposal by Gray to increase funding for early childhood education by $10 million. (Dale Ellis photo)</p>

Panels Nix Pre-K Boost, Endorse Limiting Purchases With Government Aid

Apr 28, 2016 10:20am

LITTLE ROCK — Legislative committees Wednesday rejected a proposal to boost funding for early childhood education and advanced a proposal to limit what low-income Arkansans can buy with government...

Medicaid Expansion Plan Survives Veto Override Attempt

Apr 27, 2016 10:14am

LITTLE ROCK — As expected, opponents of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Medicaid expansion plan made an unsuccessful last-ditch effort Tuesday to kill program.

Also Tuesday, the Senate honored a...

Measles Cases Confirmed In Memphis; Exposure In Arkansas Possible

Apr 27, 2016 10:13am

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas health officials said Tuesday the Shelby County Health Department in Tennessee has confirmed six cases of measles in the Memphis area and said some Arkansans may have been...

Two More Zika Cases Confirmed In Arkansas; Total Now At 4

Apr 27, 2016 10:11am

LITTLE ROCK — Two more cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Arkansas, bringing the total to four, the state Health Department said Tuesday.

All four cases involved people who had...

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