Gov. Mike Beebe says Arkansas doesn't have any more resources to cover the costs of programs affected by the federal government shutdown, and the state budget administrator says the number of state employees furloughed could rise to more than 4,000.
Beebe on Wednesday told state agency directors in a memo that as of Friday, any programs or employees dependent on federal funding are to be suspended until the end of the shutdown.
An Arkansas lawmaker is suggesting nearly a dozen changes to the state's ethics and campaign finance laws that he says could be considered if the Legislature is called back to the Capitol for a special session on teacher insurance premiums.
Democratic Rep. Warwick Sabin of Little Rock sent House and Senate members on Wednesday drafts of 11 bills that he's trying to see if there's support for during a special session. Gov. Mike Beebe is considering whether to call lawmakers back to the Capitol to address looming hikes in teacher insurance rates.
Whether it's legal to openly carry a weapon, like a handgun, in public in Arkansas may depend on who you ask or where you live. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman examines legislation that took effect this August as gun rights activists are openly demonstrating their interpretation of the law.
One of the organizations in Arkansas that has been impacted by the federal government shutdown is the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Some of the department's employees are paid through federal funds.
KUAR's Karen Tricot Steward spoke with the director of that department, Teresa Marks, and has this report.
A nearly 22 acre site adjacent to UALR was formally recommended to the Little Rock Technology Park Board by an advisory board Tuesday. The Oak Forest site, as it is known, has 56 residences of which UALR owns nearly half.
Chancellor Joel Anderson said the reasons for proximity to research institutions like UALR or UAMS has been overlooked.
Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is using the first television advertisement in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor to criticize the incumbent senator over the federal health care law.
Cotton's campaign on Saturday began airing a 30-second television spot in the Little Rock area accusing Pryor of exempting Congress from the federal health care law. Pryor's campaign on Monday called the claim "blatantly false."