State legislators are planning to question highway officials about the response - or lack of response - as sleet and snow piled on Arkansas roadways and left motorists stranded for hours.
Winter weather raked much of Arkansas a week ago and left roads slick statewide, but Interstates 40 and 55 in eastern Arkansas became choked with traffic that was also clogged by a mix of construction zones and jackknifed tractor-trailers.
Legislators will open two days of hearings on the subject Tuesday.
A new study has found marked improvement in morale among employees of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission since a previous study about 18 months ago.
A report released in July 2012 by Responsive Management Inc. found that employees perceived an atmosphere of harassment, intimidation and bullying by upper management and that overall satisfaction was 15 percent.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Sunday that a new survey released last month found overall satisfaction is now 68 percent.
A federal judge has again ordered the sale of a convicted evangelist's church in Fort Smith.
The Texarkana Gazette reported Saturday that the order to sell Tony Alamo's church rejects five liens filed against it by Alamo followers. The newspaper reports that U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Bryant ruled that the liens had no enforceable contracts or proof of billing.
A broker testified Friday that he saw a “significant” increase in the amount of state bond business being steered his way after he began providing former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner $6,000 twice a year to help her through a difficult time in her life.
Steele Stephens said he paid Martha Shoffner $36,000 over a three year period and in return his bond business rose, adding he made about $3 million in commissions on the sales over a four year period. Stephens was working for Russellville-based St. Bernard Financial Services at that time.
This update: The "private option" passes the Arkansas House of Representatives; The first week of former Ark. Treasurer Martha Shoffner's trial concludes; CEO of Little Rock Baptist Health System is retiring after 40 years with the company; Simmons First National Corp. will consolidate its subsidiaries into a single banking operation; Tyson wins a big contract with the US government; Mountain Valley Water is expanding after Great Range Capital acquired it; Union Pacific Corp sees positive signs in the US economy.
Four consecutive months of revenue from court fees and fines falling below projections are causing a 25 percent reduction in funding, from that revenue source, for a number of court-related entities.
The Arkansas Access to Justice Commission coordinates legal services for low-income Arkansans and is among several agencies facing budget constraints this month. The commission’s director Amy Johnson says cuts will affect some of the most vulnerable.
Hot Springs' fire chief says the fire that destroyed the Majestic Hotel was likely set by trespassers - but that the cause may never be determined because it wasn't safe to send investigators inside the building before it was torn down.
Fire Chief Ed Davis says investigators believe the Feb. 27 fire was likely set by either "urban explorers" or homeless people who were inside the abandoned building on a regular basis.
Davis tells The Sentinel-Record that someone may have set the fire to keep warm, not as an attempt to burn the building down.