Arkansas' all-Republican House delegation split over a budget bill that eases across-the-board federal spending cuts and prevents future government shutdowns.
U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack voted in favor of the bill, while U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford and Tom Cotton opposed the measure. The bill passed with bipartisan support Thursday on a 332-94 vote and heads to the Senate.
The agreement would set overall spending levels for the current budget year and the one that begins on Oct. 1, 2014.
A Pulaski County judge has opened a hearing in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage.
State voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. A number of same-sex couples filed suit this year asking that the amendment be set aside.
The lawsuit names officials from around the state, including county clerks and the state of Arkansas. The government wants the case dismissed, while those who sued are seeking an injunction to stop enforcement of the amendment.
A meeting of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee on Thursday found Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr misused over $12,000 of tax payer money. The findings show Darr improperly spent over $9,000 on travel expenses and over $2,000 from his state credit card.
KUAR is scheduling special programming for the holiday week of December 23-27. We're adding music programs week nights beginning at 9 p.m. Selected Shorts also has a series of shows with a holiday theme, which will air Tuesday-Thursday at 10 p.m.
Christmas Day, Wed., Dec. 25 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., KUAR will air a block of special programming for the holiday.
Prosecutors in Washington County said they have found no evidence of criminal activity. Their finding comes in the wake of an investigation by the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit that found four issues of concern.
The Division of Legislative Audit previously found a duplicate expense payment, an improper deposit, a treasurer that partially “obscured deficits,” and contradictory statements made under oath between former UA spokesman John Diamond and Chancellor David Gearhart pertaining to the shredding of documents.