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2:20 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus Supports Holiday Change

The Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus is backing a lawmaker's repeat attempt to stop the state from recognizing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day.

A House panel rejected the plan last week.

Republican Rep. Nate Bell of Mena met with the 15-member caucus on Monday. He said afterward he will run his bill again, but doesn't know when he will do so.

Arkansas is one of three states that celebrates Lee and King on the same day. Bell's bill would remove Lee from the state holiday on the third Monday of January.

Local & Regional News
10:37 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Panel Advances Plan To Boost Arkansas Officials' Salaries

An independent panel has advanced a plan that would more than double Arkansas legislators' salaries and substantially raise pay for judges and most constitutional officers.

The Independent Citizens Commission on Monday approved its initial review of salaries for lawmakers, constitutional officers and judges. The vote begins a monthlong public comment period before the seven-member commission holds a final vote on the proposal.

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Local & Regional News
10:36 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Mike Ross Returns To Southwest Power Pool Post

Mike Ross

Before his run for Arkansas Governor, Mike Ross was looking forward to retirement from Congress and serving as SVP for Governmental Affairs for regional electricity transmission operator Southwest Power Pool.

The company announced on Monday that Ross was elected to that post and Malinda See as Vice President of Corporate Services.

“I am so pleased to welcome Mike and Malinda to the officer team,” said Nick Brown, SPP CEO. “They bring unique perspectives and leadership experiences that will immediately add to our already strong executive group.”

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Local & Regional News
10:32 am
Mon February 2, 2015

After Tax Cuts And Private Option, Prison Debate On Legislative Agenda

With the early session push to approve Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s signature tax cut plan and the challenge of pushing the private option’s fate to a task force eyeing end of the year recommendations, two state lawmakers said prison reform will likely be the next big agenda item for the state Legislature.

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Local & Regional News
9:04 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Sheriff: 24 Cow Heads Illegally Dumped Near Arkansas River

Authorities in eastern Oklahoma have cited a man who they say illegally dumped 24 cow heads and 3 dead calves near a dam along the Arkansas River.
 
Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart says the man from Muldrow was cited Sunday with illegal dumping. His identity hasn't been released.
 
The remains were found Saturday near at trash bin close to the Robert S. Kerr Dam near Sallisaw. Lockhart says about 14 of the cows had ear tags and it appears they were butchered for meat.
 

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Arts Scene
5:08 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Baritone Mischa Bouvier And Theatre Squared

Baritone Mischa Bouvier
Credit chambermusiclr.com

Baritone Mischa Bouvier will visit Arkansas to perform for the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock Thursday, February 5.

Theatre Squared in Fayetteville will present Look Away by Bob Ford. Performances run now through February 22.

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Local & Regional News
9:10 am
Sat January 31, 2015

New Governor Touts New Jobs, Tech Ed Bill

Credit Governor's office

  Here is a transcript of Governor Asa Hutchinson's radio address for the weekend of Jan. 30, 2015:

It was a good week in and out of the Capitol for the people of Arkansas:

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Local & Regional News
1:50 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Gov. Hutchinson Makes Appointment To Delta Regional Authority Board

Delta Regional Authority
Credit dra.gov

The state's director of rural services has been tapped to serve as Governor Asa Hutchinson's designee and alternate to the Delta Regional Authority's board of governors. Hutchinson's office made the announcement Friday that Amy Fecher would be the designee.

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Local & Regional News
1:06 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Salary Commission Recommends $23,000 Pay Raise For Legislators

An independent commission wants to more-than-double legislative salaries and give raises to most of Arkansas' constitutional officers and judges. The Independent Citizens Commission on Friday gave preliminary approval to new salaries.

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Local & Regional News
5:14 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Sen. Boozman, Colleagues Introduce Bill To Lift Cuba Travel Ban

Sen. John Boozman
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman has joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce legislation that would lift restrictions on travel to Cuba.

Boozman, from Arkansas, joined seven fellow senators Thursday to introduce the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015.

The legislation aims to address the Obama administration's proposal to loosen travel restrictions to Cuba and remove restrictions on banking transactions incidental to travel. Last month, the administration announced a series of proposed reforms related to Cuba, including the lifting of travel restrictions.

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