Rep. Joe Jett
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Rep. Jett Switches To GOP; Democrats Lose Lone Committee Majority

Rep. Joe Jett of Success, who has been chairman of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, announced Friday he is switching from the Democratic to the Republican Party, meaning the only legislative committee where Democrats had a majority will become a 50-50 split.

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Governor Asa Hutchinson
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson says students hoping to learn a high-demand trade at a community or technical college can be offered full tuition and fee coverage from the state under a new proposal. Hutchinson announced his intent to create the Arkansas Future, or ArFuture, grant at a press conference on various education-related proposals Thursday. Hutchinson said high demand fields like computer science and welding would be covered by the ArFuture Grant. Each two-year education institution would also...

Arkansas Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other state health officials urging opposition to two medical marijuana ballot measures.
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Arkansas took a few more steps toward implementing its voter-approved medical marijuana program this week and the constitutional amendment’s architect says he has faith that a conservative administration is so far faithfully carrying it out. Although, attorney David Couch does have some reservations about what the state legislature might do to the healthcare program during next year’s legislative session. On Wednesday Governor Asa Hutchinson (R), House Speaker Jeremy Gillam (R-Judsonia) and...

State Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale).
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State Senator Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale) filed a bill today to give additional scholarship support to college juniors and seniors who agree to teach for five consecutive years in a "high needs subject area." Clark is on the eight member Senate Education Committee. A recent report by Arkansas Public Media highlighted a dramatic drop in the number of students enrolled in teacher training programs and the growth of unlicensed teachers. The Republican from Lonsdale, which sits between Benton and Hot...

Marissa Pavan Birth Certificate certificates same-sex marrriage
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Arkansas' highest court has thrown out a judge's ruling that could have allowed married same-sex couples to get the names of both spouses on their children's birth certificates without a court order. A split Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox went too far when he found the birth certificate law unconstitutional last year. Justices sided with the state, which said Arkansas has a vested interest in listing biological parents on birth...

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The first of a series of meetings is scheduled Thursday for the public to share their input with a state-hired private consultant that is developing a management plan for the Buffalo River watershed. Earlier this year Gov. Asa Hutchinson created the “Beautiful Buffalo River Watershed Action Committee” to address environmental and conservation concerns in the 878,000 acre area of north Arkansas. The committee hired FTN Associates to draw up a management plan. Thursday morning in the town of...

Governor Asa Hutchinson
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the Obama Administration has approved changes for Arkansas's Medicaid expansion program, though the w aiver has stricter requirements than he wanted in providing assistance to employers who offer insurance for lower-income employees. In a press conference Wednesday, Hutchinson said federal Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell called him Tuesday night, the day after they met in Washington, saying she would issue a letter Wednesday saying the waiver for...

Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and House Speaker Jeremy Gillam
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson and legislative leaders have appointed the five members of a board that will develop Arkansas' medical marijuana policy. Hutchinson on Wednesday named Little Rock breast cancer surgeon Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission. House Speaker Jeremy Gillam appointed Benton pharmacist Stephen Carroll and lawyer Travis Story of Fayetteville. Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang named former Senate chief of staff James Miller of Bryant and pain...

The National Weather Service says cold temperatures are expected across Arkansas and light snow may fall in much of the state. Up to a half-inch of snow is possible by Wednesday night in the northwestern corner of the state and up to one-tenth of an inch could fall north of a line from Fort Smith to near Newport. A light dusting is possible in all but far southern Arkansas. The weather service said a cold front is expected to move through the state starting Wednesday night and high...

Executives from Massachusetts-based Clean Harbors Inc. gathered with South Arkansas government and business officials on Tuesday (Dec. 6) to christen what company officials are calling the nation’s most technologically advance incinerator of its kind to be built this century. Headquartered just outside of Boston in Norwell, Mass., publicly traded Clean Harbors unveiled its expanded $120 million incinerator at the company’s 370-acre site in El Dorado. Clean Harbor first announced the expansion...

Little Rock Technology tech Park
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Nearly a decade after the Little Rock Technology Authority was created from enabling legislation in the 2007 legislative session, the downtown tech village on Tuesday announced its first tenant only three months away from its scheduled grand opening in early 2017. A fter giving Executive Director Brent Birch the power to negotiate and execute lease agreements with prospective tenants at a special meeting on Nov. 1, the Little Rock Technology Authority announced its first set of tenant...

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