Asa Hutchinson
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he plans to move quickly to appoint three special justices to hear a case before the state Supreme Court related to a challenge over the ban on same-sex marriage.


Two Conway-based technology companies are planning to relocate to downtown Little Rock. INUVO is an advertising technology and digital publishing company. PrivacyStar blocks telephone callers.

The companies employ over 100 workers. Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola spoke to a small crowd at the Chamber of Commerce, saying he hopes they will double or triple their current workforce in Little Rock.

“We have a strong downtown area, it's getting better day by day. It's when we locate companies like INUVO and PrivacyStar here it gets even better,” Stodola siad.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says a special session will likely be needed to take up recommendations on an alternative for covering the thousands of people on the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

Hutchinson told reporters on Thursday he'd prefer that the recommendations of a task force looking at the future of the state's "private option" be considered in a special session rather than when lawmakers return to take up the state's budget next year.

Arkansas' VA medical centers and clinics fared slightly better than the national average when it comes to appointments completed within the 30-day federal timeliness goal.

The Associated Press examined waiting times at 940 VA hospitals and outpatient clinics during the period from Sept. 1 to Feb. 28 to gauge any changes since a scandal over delays led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. An average of 2.8 percent of appointments weren't completed within 30 days nationally, whereas the rate was 2.53 percent in Arkansas.

10 commandments

Arkansas' governor has approved legislation that will allow a monument to the Ten Commandments to be constructed near the state Capitol.

A spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday said the governor had signed the bill requiring the state to allow a privately funded display of the commandments to be built on the state Capitol grounds. Lawmakers sent the measure to Hutchinson last week.

The Pine Bluff School Board has voted to fire the district's superintendent at a special meeting this week.

The board voted 6-0 Wednesday night to dismiss Superintendent Linda Watson, after suspending her for 30 days at a March 16 special meeting.

Watson told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that she learned about the board's decision from a staff member. She said she couldn't comment further until she spoke with her attorney, adding that she was unaware the board had met.

HRC Arkansas Director Kendra Johnson, HRC President Chad Griffin speaking at the Capitol next to an ad the organization is running.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Arkansas’s Legislature stands in recess but not without drawing national attention over a “religious freedom” bill deemed by some to sanction discrimination against the state’s LGBT population.

KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman sat down with Kendra Johnson, the director of Human Rights Campaign Arkansas to talk about next steps for the state’s largest LGBT advocacy group.

Gov. Hutchinson Envisions 20% Of Arkansas Students Taking Computer Classes

Apr 8, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson told a group of startup executives and entrepreneurs visiting Little Rock that one of his educational visions is for 20% of Arkansas students to eventually take computer coding classes while in high school.

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

Arkansas health care provider are hoping a conversation they've started with staff members of U.S. Sen. John Boozman will help speed up the payment of thousands of outstanding reimbursement claims for medical care provided to military veterans.

Boozman's staff met Wednesday in North Little Rock with representatives of health care facilities, physician advocacy groups and veteran's liaisons to address what they say is a growing problem in Arkansas - that of unpaid medical bills of veterans.

Two members of Arkansas' Supreme Court - including the chief justice - are complaining that a separate case created over a challenge to the state's gay marriage ban is causing an unnecessary delay.