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Bids opened on 32 road projects | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Bids opened on 32 road projects
Widening a section of U.S. 167 in Calhoun County was the largest of the 32 projects on which low bids worth more than $65 million were opened Wednesday by the Arkansas Department of Transportation.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
Fish farmer appointed to ecology panel | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Fish farmer appointed to ecology panel
A fish farmer is the newest member of the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
Council veteran picked for Maumelle opening | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Council veteran picked for Maumelle opening
Former Maumelle City Council member Marion Scott-Coney is back on the council, although representing a different ward from her previous time as an elected official.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
Ex-judge receives five years in prison | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Ex-judge receives five years in prison
Former Judge Joseph Boeckmann's decades-long obsession with the buttocks of young men came back to haunt him Wednesday when he was sentenced to the maximum five years in prison.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
Legislator: Got governor's Rx vow | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Legislator: Got governor's Rx vow
A state legislator said Wednesday that she'll drop her push to have reimbursement for pharmacists taken up during the ongoing fiscal session after Gov. Asa Hutchinson assured her the proposal she's working on will be considered in a special session.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
U.S. indictment names Arkansan in kickback case | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette U.S. indictment names Arkansan in kickback case
The former top Arkansas executive for a nonprofit that receives millions each year in Medicaid reimbursements is set to appear in federal court in Fayetteville today on a nine-count indictment involving kickbacks and illegal lobbying.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
Buckets of rain still forecast | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Buckets of rain still forecast
Rain, rain and more rain is expected for Arkansas into the weekend, according to National Weather Service forecasts.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
$1M gift for UCA to reward scholars | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette $1M gift for UCA to reward scholars
A Little Rock couple donated $1 million to the University of Central Arkansas to start a scholarship fund to support the retention of first-generation college students.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
LR suit called free-speech curb | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette LR suit called free-speech curb
A judge should bar Little Rock from enforcing its campaign fundraising timeline because the shortened time frame violates mayor challenger Frank Scott Jr.'s First Amendment right, his attorney said in a court filing.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
In reversal, King to run for Senate | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette In reversal, King to run for Senate
State Sen. Bryan King reversed course this week, announcing that he will seek re-election three months after saying his current term would be his last.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
4th Democrat seeks Hill's seat | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 4th Democrat seeks Hill's seat
An operations manager at the Clinton School of Public Service announced this week that he will enter the increasingly crowded field of Democrats hoping to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill this November.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
Prosecutor's ex-employee receives ethics fine | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Prosecutor's ex-employee receives ethics fine
The Arkansas Ethics Commission last month fined and warned a former Faulkner County prosecuting attorney's office employee for using her position to obtained sealed court records from another state for her personal use, according to commission records.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
Faulkner County agency 3 short | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Faulkner County agency 3 short
The Faulkner County Office of Emergency Management, whose director has been accused of sexual harassment and other misdeeds by four former and current employees, has been down since Feb. 1 to a single employee who reports to the director.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
Robbery suspect, 19, is charged in death | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Robbery suspect, 19, is charged in death
A man was charged with manslaughter Tuesday in the death of his accomplice, who was fatally shot by the man they were trying to rob last weekend.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
Inquiry continues in 2 babies' deaths | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Inquiry continues in 2 babies' deaths
Authorities in northeastern Arkansas are still working to determine the cause of death for two newborns found in a suitcase along a rural road last week.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
Panel rejects senator's plan for Medicaid | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Panel rejects senator's plan for Medicaid
A legislative panel Wednesday ditched a proposal by Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, aimed at turning Arkansas' version of Medicaid expansion -- under which the state purchases private health insurance for some low-income Arkansans -- into a fee-for-service program.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
Arkansans recall Graham | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Arkansans recall Graham
It was, perhaps, a bad omen. Frank Broyles' dog bit Billy Graham's son. And on the morning of the Big Shootout, no less.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 22, 2018
Hundreds gather in Fayetteville to support gun control | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Hundreds gather in Fayetteville to support gun control
At least 200 people crowded into the St. Paul's Episcopal Church auditorium Tuesday to support regulating guns.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
PHOTO: 17 students rescued after school bus drives off flooded road, gets stuck near North Little Rock | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette PHOTO: 17 students rescued after school bus drives off flooded road, gets stuck near North Little Rock
As heavy rains drenched central Arkansas on Wednesday morning, 17 students had to be rescued after their school bus drove off the side of a flooded road and got stuck, authorities said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Arkansas governor remembers Rev. Billy Graham as 'giant among leaders' | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Arkansas governor remembers Rev. Billy Graham as 'giant among leaders'
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says Rev. Billy Graham was a "giant among leaders" who should be remembered for his "passion for the Gospel."
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
52-year-old Arkansan dies after being stabbed multiple times, police say; 1 arrested | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 52-year-old Arkansan dies after being stabbed multiple times, police say; 1 arrested
A man was fatally stabbed in northeast Arkansas on Wednesday morning, authorities said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Sheriff's office: Arkansas couple arrested after infant daughter hospitalized with multiple injuries | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Sheriff's office: Arkansas couple arrested after infant daughter hospitalized with multiple injuries
An Arkansas couple remained jailed a week after being arrested in the reported abuse of their infant daughter, the Texarkana Gazette reported.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
14-year-old accused of making threat of 'holocaust' at Little Rock school | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 14-year-old accused of making threat of 'holocaust' at Little Rock school
A 14-year-old Little Rock student is accused of making a shooting threat to turn his school into “a holocaust,” police said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Another Little Rock resident considering mayoral run asks judge to dismiss city's lawsuit | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Another Little Rock resident considering mayoral run asks judge to dismiss city's lawsuit
Another man considering a run for Little Rock mayor has replied to the city’s lawsuit about campaign fundraising by asking a judge to dismiss it.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Pulaski County sports complex to be finished sometime this year, official says | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Pulaski County sports complex to be finished sometime this year, official says
A sports complex in Pulaski County that’s been underway for a couple years will be completed sometime in 2018, according to Fred Love, the county’s director of community services.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Arkansas lobbyist tied to kickback scheme arrested | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Arkansas lobbyist tied to kickback scheme arrested
Lobbyist Milton R. "Rusty" Cranford of Rogers was arrested Wednesday morning, spokesman Don Ledford of the U.S. Attorney's office for the western district of Missouri confirmed, though he declined to provide further details.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Murder, battery charges dropped in Arkansas shooting that left 1 dead, 6 hurt | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Murder, battery charges dropped in Arkansas shooting that left 1 dead, 6 hurt
JONESBORO — Prosecutors have decided to drop murder and battery charges against a suspect in last year's shooting in northeast Arkansas after deciding the case didn't implicate him.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Arkansas education commissioner creating task force to work on school security | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Arkansas education commissioner creating task force to work on school security
The state's education commissioner, Johnny Key, said Tuesday he's putting together a working group in the Department of Education to review safety in Arkansas' schools.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Little Rock officer notices downtown bank-heist suspect | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Little Rock officer notices downtown bank-heist suspect
Little Rock police on Tuesday arrested a 46-year-old man in the robbery of a downtown bank, a police spokesman said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Sexual act offered for ride in Little Rock, report says | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Sexual act offered for ride in Little Rock, report says
A Little Rock woman is accused of offering to perform a sexual act in exchange for a ride home, police said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Parole, probation slots put in state budget | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Parole, probation slots put in state budget
The Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday voted to add funding for 30 probation and parole officers to the state Department of Community Correction's proposed appropriation for the coming fiscal year, over the objections of the state's budget director.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
529-plan proposal estimated to reduce state revenue by up to $5.2M a year | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 529-plan proposal estimated to reduce state revenue by up to $5.2M a year
A proposal that would allow taxpayers in Arkansas with 529 college savings plans to use withdrawals for tuition at an elementary or secondary public, private or religious school would reduce state revenue by up to $5.2 million a year, the state Department of Finance and Administration estimated.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Measure adds $3M to Arkansas scholarship pot | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Measure adds $3M to Arkansas scholarship pot
The Joint Budget Committee on Tuesday approved an appropriation for the state Department of Higher Education that would increase the $12 million limit on Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships for nontraditional students to $15 million starting in fiscal 2018, which ends June 30.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Today's 91st General Assembly calendar | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Today's 91st General Assembly calendar
The calendar of public events of the 91st General Assembly for today, the 10th day of the 2018 ÿscal session.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Arkansas woman, 35, killed when vehicle crashes into dump truck parked along highway | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Arkansas woman, 35, killed when vehicle crashes into dump truck parked along highway
A 35-year-old Monticello woman died Tuesday when the vehicle she was driving crashed into a dump truck along a U.S. highway in Arkansas, authorities said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Preliminary autopsy reports released after 2 newborns found dead inside suitcase along Arkansas road | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Preliminary autopsy reports released after 2 newborns found dead inside suitcase along Arkansas road
Authorities in northeastern Arkansas are still trying to determine the cause of death for two newborns whose bodies were discovered inside of a suitcase along a rural road last week.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Radio host from Arkansas set to mentor contestants on 'American Idol' revival | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Radio host from Arkansas set to mentor contestants on 'American Idol' revival
Bobby Bones, a radio host from Arkansas, is set to appear as a mentor to contestants on ABC’s revival of singing competition <em>American Idol</em> this spring.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Flash flood warnings issued for parts of Arkansas as heavy rains move through | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Flash flood warnings issued for parts of Arkansas as heavy rains move through
Flash flood warnings have been issued for a large swath of Arkansas, including the Little Rock area, as storms move through and drop heavy rainfall.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
After criticism, Little Rock radio station to change name of 'Babe Bracket' | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette After criticism, Little Rock radio station to change name of 'Babe Bracket'
A Little Rock radio station says it will change the name of its "Babe Bracket" competition as well as some aspects of the contest after protest spread nationwide.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Arkansan arrested in stabbing that left victim 'bleeding profusely,' police say | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Arkansan arrested in stabbing that left victim 'bleeding profusely,' police say
An Arkansan faces a first-degree battery charge after one person was stabbed during an argument, authorities said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Sentencing hearing underway for ex-Arkansas judge who admitted giving leniency for sexual favors | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Sentencing hearing underway for ex-Arkansas judge who admitted giving leniency for sexual favors
A sentencing hearing was underway Wednesday for a former district judge who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and witness tampering after being accused of granting of more lenient sentences to young defendants in exchange for sexual favors.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
PHOTO: Arkansas investigation leads to arrest of Oklahoman, authorities say; nearly 3 pounds of meth seized | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette PHOTO: Arkansas investigation leads to arrest of Oklahoman, authorities say; nearly 3 pounds of meth seized
An investigation in Arkansas led to the arrest of an Oklahoma man and the seizure of nearly 3 pounds of meth and $4,300 in cash, authorities said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Arkansas panel endorses change to college savings plans | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Arkansas panel endorses change to college savings plans
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas lawmakers have advanced a proposal to allow taxpayers with tax-deductible 529 college savings plans to withdraw funds for tuition at public, private and religious K-12 schools.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Wreck on Arkansas highway kills 47-year-old man | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Wreck on Arkansas highway kills 47-year-old man
A 47-year-old Arkansas man died after he struck another vehicle head-on Sunday, authorities said.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Righting Governor's School | Arkansas Times Righting Governor's School
Summer program at Hendrix targeted once more. When Jerry Cox, the president of the ultraconservative Family Council organization, suggested on Facebook that his application to teach at Arkansas Governor's School this summer was rejected because he was a Christian, state Rep. Mark Lowery (R-Maumelle) responded, assuring him that "significant change is coming. I have been working on this for months and will have more to say about this soon." Governor's School, which has been held in summer at Hendrix College since its founding in 1980, has periodically
Arkansas Times | February 21, 2018
Bitter pill | Arkansas Times Bitter pill
Arkansas is second in the nation when it comes to opioid prescription rates. Those numbers are edging down, but some say the worst of the epidemic may be yet to come. Though Lane Huie was 27 years old when he died in a car crash on July 4, 2013, his mother, Darla Huie, never knew her son as a fully functional adult. She could see his potential, of course, as every parent can see the potential in their child. But from the time he was 17 years old, the man he might have been otherwise was always distorted by a crippling, seemingly unbreakable addiction to op
Arkansas Times | February 21, 2018
Co-worker arrested after man forced at gunpoint to withdraw cash at Little Rock ATM, police say | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Co-worker arrested after man forced at gunpoint to withdraw cash at Little Rock ATM, police say
Police have arrested a man accused of forcing a colleague to travel from a home to a Little Rock ATM, where he was reportedly ordered to withdraw hundreds of dollars.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
19 flu deaths push state's total to 159 in dismal season | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 19 flu deaths push state's total to 159 in dismal season
Nineteen more flu-related deaths were reported to the state in the past week, bringing the death toll from the current flu season to 159, the state Department of Health reported.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
Surplus cash back to state, judge orders | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Surplus cash back to state, judge orders
Almost $969,800 in state economic-development funding that would have paid for new restrooms in Ward's baseball park, an electric generator for the Cabot animal shelter, a jail in England and books for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in Pulaski County, among other things, must be returned to public coffers, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled on Tuesday.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018
LR airport exec gets raise, bonus | Arkansas Democrat-Gazette LR airport exec gets raise, bonus
The top official at the state's largest airport won a 3 percent raise Tuesday, cementing his place as the highest-paid public servant in city government.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | February 21, 2018