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9:04 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Hutchinson announces 5 appointments to boards, commissions

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced five appointments to state boards and commissions. Hutchinson's office announced the appointments on Monday.

Little Rock resident John Belken has been appointed to the parole board. His appointment expires Jan. 14, 2022.

Russellville resident Dale Douthit has been named to the Workers Compensation Commission. His appointment expires Dec. 5, 2020.

Mike Roberts of Little Rock was reappointed to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. His appointment expires Jan. 14, 2019.

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Local & Regional News
10:32 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Hutchinson Delivers First Radio Address As Governor

Credit Office of the Governor

  The following is a transcript of Asa Hutchinson's first radio address since being inaugurated the 46th governor of Arkansas.

This is Governor Asa Hutchinson and this week I was privileged to be inaugurated as the 46th elected governor of Arkansas. 

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Local & Regional News
2:42 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Arkansas Municipal League Conference Comes To A Close

The Arkansas Municipal League has wrapped up its 2015 winter conference. More than 1,200 participants, including many newly elected municipal officials from across the state, attended the event in Little Rock that concluded Friday. Highlights include the first appearance before the municipal group by newly inaugurated Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

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9:01 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Lawsuit Against Big River Steel Mill Heads To Federal Court

Opponents of a new steel mill under construction in eastern Arkansas will try to persuade a judge not to dismiss its lawsuit to stop the plant. Nucor Steel has sued to stop construction of the $1.3 billion Big River Steel mill in northeast Arkansas. Big River Steel fired back with a motion to dismiss Nucor's lawsuit. A federal judge in Little Rock will hold a dismissal hearing Friday. The Big River Steel mill near Osceola broke ground in September. It's Arkansas' first "superproject" under a 2004 amendment allowing the state to borrow money to help lure major employers.

Local & Regional News
6:00 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Bill Restricting Drug-Induced Abortions Filed In Legislature

State Rep. Julie Mayberry (R-East End)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A bill filed Thursday in the Arkansas legislature seeks to prevent women from having a drug-induced abortion administered by a doctor via telemedicine. Two Republican women, state Senator Missy Irvin of Mountain Home and state Representative Julie Mayberry of East End, sponsored the legislation requiring a doctor to be physically present when a woman takes Mifepristone (RU-486). The attending physician must also attempt to make a follow-up appointment.

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5:38 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Bill Would Require Public Universities To Allow Concealed Guns

A lawmaker is proposing a requirement that Arkansas' public colleges and universities allow faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.

Republican Rep. Charlie Collins of Fayetteville filed legislation Thursday to repeal a portion of state law that leaves the decision whether to allow concealed handguns on campus up to colleges and universities. Collins' proposal would remove the opt-out provision for public colleges and universities, but keep it in place for private campuses.

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2:28 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Governor Hutchinson Says He'll Unveil Budget Plan Next Week

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll present his balanced budget proposal to lawmakers next week, as legislative leaders prepared to move quickly on the Republican governor's proposed income tax cut.

Hutchinson on Thursday also left open the possibility that his budget proposal may include delaying additional tax cuts lawmakers approved last year. Legislation detailing his tax cut proposal includes delaying portions of a 2013 income tax cut.

Local & Regional News
2:14 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Delta Regional Authority To Host Pitch Competitions

The Delta Regional Authority is working to identify and nurture entrepreneurs from the Delta and the so-called “Alabama Black Belt” through The Delta Challenge, a series of entrepreneurship pitch competitions, and by offering support to organizations that foster entrepreneurship.

Up to 16 Entrepreneurship Network Fellows will be named through Delta Challenge pitch competitions that will take place in five cities across the Delta, including one in Jonesboro on Feb. 28. Others will be held in Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Ruston, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; and Linden, Alabama.

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1:28 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Calhoun County Advances In $5 Million Energy Prize Contest

Calhoun County has advanced to the semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize. The national competition is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use.

Calhoun County was recognized at a press event in Washington, D.C., Thursday as one of the communities that is leading the way on energy efficiency.

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10:42 am
Thu January 15, 2015

AT&T Hiring 120 New Positions In Arkansas

  AT&T said it will hire 120 new workers across that state for primarily technician and retail sales jobs. AT&T said the jobs can be full-time and part-time and will include “competitive wages and benefits.” The company currently employs more than 2,300 employees throughout the state and it hired 350 workers in Arkansas last year. AT&T noted it is committed to diversity and veteran recruiting.

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