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Voters Approve Jacksonville Millage Increase, Arts Center Bonds In Two Special Elections

Voters in the Jacksonville/North Pulaski School District approved a 7.6 mill property tax increase in a special election Tuesday. Meanwhile, voters in Little Rock overwhelmingly approved a bond issue.
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Leslie Rutledge Attorney General
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to temporarily block President Barack Obama's plan to cut power plant emissions is good news.

Arkansas is one of 27 states suing to halt implementation of the Clean Power Plan. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to block enforcement of the plan while the litigation is pending.

Rutledge, a Republican, said she believes the plan will be found to be unlawful and that the ruling ensures the states are not forced to comply with it while legal challenges are pending.

As Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders claimed victories in the New Hampshire presidential primary Tuesday, Arkansans now have a renewed sense of the top candidates as the state eyes its own primary 3 weeks away.

Motorists in Arkansas and the rest of the nation should get used to filling up their tanks for less after the U.S. Department of Energy forecasted on Tuesday that average pump prices for regular unleaded should remain on average below $2 per gallon throughout 2016.

In the near-term, a GasBuddy analyst said the bloated wholesale market for gasoline could also push pump prices in some parts of the U.S. below the one dollar a gallon mark in coming weeks, a level not seen since 1999.

A $250,000 grant to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission will be used to improve unpaved county roads in Arkansas.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and The Nature Conservancy jointly presented the check Tuesday to the AEDC's Rural Services Division. The Game and Fish Commission is providing $150,000 and The Nature Conservancy is providing $100,000.

Arkansas Ag Secretary Promotes State’s Diverse, $20 Billion Agri Sector

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Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward
Arkansas State University

Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward said Tuesday that the state agriculture department deals with everything from fertilizer to fuel pumps, with the agriculture industry being a major player in Arkansas for many years to come.

  The Arkansas attorney general's office wants to appeal a federal judge's decision to expand a lawsuit challenging the state's decision to cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R) at Little Rock's VA Hospital
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Incumbent U.S. Sen. John Boozman. R-Ark., has a commanding 45-point lead over his Republican challenger Curtis Coleman, while Democratic voters are positive – but still undecided – on their attitudes toward Senate challenger Conner Eldridge.

New polling from Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College indicates that Boozman will easily win his party’s nomination in the upcoming March 1 primary.

Q: There are two Republican candidates for U.S. Senate: Curtis Coleman and Senator John Boozman. If the election were today, for whom would you vote?

Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key testifying to a joint meeting of the Education Committees.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A plan to scale back bonus pay for Arkansas teachers with National Board Certification was withdrawn on Monday under the direction of the governor’s office. The proposed revision from the state Department of Education was also under pressure from both the state’s largest union and non-union teachers groups.

Sheffield Nelson
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has named a former candidate for governor and a lawyer who was once a University of Arkansas cheerleader to the school's board of trustees.

Sheffield Nelson's appointment will run until 2025, and Kelly Eichler's runs until 2026.

Nelson was the Republican nominee for governor in 1990 and 1994. He served previously on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and is a former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Arkla, the natural gas utility. He holds a law degree from the university.

Hillary Clinton Bernie Sanders
Mic Smith/AP/

Three weeks before Arkansas holds its presidential primary election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign opened its state headquarters in Little Rock Monday. Located at 323 Center Street, officials say it will serve as a place to organize state campaign activities.


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