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11:49 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Former Cotton Spokesman To Lead Americans for Prosperity In Arkansas

David Ray, former communications director for the Tom Cotton Senate campaign and the Republican Party of Arkansas, has been hired as the new state director for Americans for Prosperity’s Arkansas chapter.

“David’s life-long commitment to economic freedom paired with his understanding of the importance of building grass roots make him an excellent addition to the Arkansas team as they fight for state taxpayers,” said Teresa Oelke, former AFP-Arkansas state director and current vice president of state operations for Americans for Prosperity.

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10:29 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Thousands Of Entergy Customers Without Electricity In Frigid Cold

About 9,500 Entergy customers in Arkansas awoke to frigid temperatures and without electricity.

The utility reported that the number of outages had been reduced to just more than 4,500 shortly after 10 a.m.

Spokeswoman Sally Graham told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the outages could be due to the cold weather, causing power lines to sag and come in contact with the neutral lines, or that it could be fuses burning out.

Local & Regional News
5:32 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

State Education Officials Recommend Takeover Of Little Rock Schools

LRSD Superintendent Dexter Suggs spoke to State Board of Education members about his district's progress addressing schools in academic distress.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Officials from the Arkansas Department of Education are recommending a state takeover of the Little Rock School District, while district leaders made the case Wednesday that they are taking steps to correct problems. It was the first in a series of meeting taking place this week.

Currently six Little Rock schools are categorized as being in academic distress. The state can take over the district if any school is in academic distress.

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4:47 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Already Widespread In Arkansas, Flu Could Get Worse

Credit Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

Arkansas may be on track to see a flu season just as bad, if not worse, than the 2013-14 season. The Arkansas Department of Health says so far, there have been 12 confirmed flu-related deaths. At least six of those were people over the age of 65. Spokeswoman Kerry Krell says the pattern is widespread.

“Predominantly this season we're seeing H3N2,” she says. “It is notorious for causing a lot of illness; causing a lot of hospitalizations, especially in the elderly population.”

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2:24 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Incoming Governor Names New Public Service Commission Chairman

A day after Gov. Mike Beebe announced Lamar Davis would fill Colette Honorable’s spot on the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson announced that consultant and former State Rep. Ted Thomas will take another opening on the three-member regulatory panel and serve as chairman.

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12:56 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Arkansas Salary Panel Wants To Review Out-Of-State Data

Independent Citizens Commission co-chairs Chuck Banks and Larry Ross at Wednesday's meeting.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

The panel reviewing the salaries of Arkansas' elected officials wants the Legislature's research staff to compile economic data from other states before recommending any changes.

The Independent Citizens Commission, which was created by voters last November, faces a Feb. 2 deadline to review current salaries. At its meeting Wednesday, it said it hopes to address legislative salaries first, then those of constitutional officers, then the state's judges.

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10:09 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Arkansas Lottery Marks 12 Percent Increase In Instant Sales

The Arkansas Lottery says sales of its instant scratch-off tickets continue to increase.

After a gentle five-month upswing in instant ticket sales, December saw sales jump to almost $28 million, an increase of 12 percent over instant sales in December 2013.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley says the sales increase is encouraging. Woosley says that even in an unseasonal cold snap, sales have risen. He credited the increase to a new ad campaign and improvements in game offerings.

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9:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Cotton Sworn In To Senate, While 2 New Members Join Congress

Arkansas now has an all-Republican congressional delegation with Tom Cotton joining the U.S. Senate and two new faces from the state added to the House.

Cotton was sworn in Tuesday as the junior senator from Arkansas, taking the seat formerly held by Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.

Cotton, who had represented south Arkansas' 4th Congressional District, defeated Pryor in the November election.

Republican French Hill was sworn in to the 114th Congress, taking the 2nd District seat formerly held by Republican Lt. Gov.-elect Tim Griffin.

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4:49 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Attorney General: Past Service Counts Under New Term Limits

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office says past service in the Legislature counts toward new term limits lawmakers face under a voter-approved amendment.

McDaniel's office said in an advisory opinion Tuesday that years served in the Legislature are to be counted in calculating term limits under a constitutional amendment voters approved in November.

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1:25 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Incoming Governor Hutchinson Expects Quick Start To Legislative Agenda

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson speaking Tuesday afternoon at an Associated Press forum.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson made plenty of news in a pre-session Q&A with reporters at the state capitol on Tuesday. Saying he wanted a “quick start” to his legislative agenda, Hutchinson touched on issues ranging from tax cuts to prison overcrowding to health care reform and education. 

"I hope to accomplish the agenda I campaigned on," Hutchinson told reporters at a capitol forum sponsored by the Associated Press Managing Editors.

Hutchinson also discussed at length his positions on the state lottery, highway funding, and ethics and elections reforms.

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