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8:37 am
Mon January 6, 2014

University Of Arkansas Finances Face More Scrutiny

University of Arkansas Fayetteville
Credit flickr.com / Alfred Carrillo

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville officials are expected to testify before a legislative committee this week to answer additional questions about the university's fundraising practices.

Late last year, the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee reviewed state audit findings that showed a multimillion-dollar shortfall in the Division of University Advancement. 

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6:13 am
Mon January 6, 2014

ASU Red Wolves Win GoDaddy Bowl

ASU Field
Credit flickr / Jimmy Emerson

Arkansas State won the GoDaddy Bowl for a second straight season, despite losing starting quarterback Adam Kennedy to a knee injury in the second quarter.

It was the Red Wolves' third straight trip to Mobile. A13-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Fredi Knighten with 32 seconds remaining helped lift the red wolves of Arkansas State past Ball State 23-20 at the GoDaddy Bowl last night. 

Arkansas State lost coach Bryan Harsin to Boise State in December. He's the latest in a string of three ASU coaches, who have left the program for a more high-profile job.

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Local & Regional News
6:06 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

First TV Ad for Arkansas Governor's Race: Beebe Voices Support for Ross

Mike Ross (D)

The first television ad for the state's 2014 gubernatorial contest began airing Sunday. It features an endorsement by Governor Mike Beebe (D).

“No one is more independent than Mike so please join me in supporting Mike Ross for Governor,” Beebe said in the ad.

Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas suggested Beebe's appearance in the ad is a good thing for Ross.

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6:09 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Freezing Temperatures and Snow Likely for Arkansas

Credit www.weather.gov / NWS

Another round of wintry weather is on its way toward much of the state with freezing temperatures and rain, sleet, and snow likely Sunday afternoon. Marty Trexler with the National Weather Service said accumulation won't be significant in the central part of the state.

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4:31 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Governor Mike Beebe Reflects on Dangers to Public Confidence in Government

Governor Mike Beebe (D)

Reflections on Arkansans' perception of government and electoral politics were a major component of Governor Mike Beebe's radio address this week. Beebe's statements come in what he calls his last year in politics. He cautioned insincere and divisive rhetoric is harming the relationship between citizens and government.

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6:05 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Arkansas Democrats Plan Impeachment if Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Doesn't Resign

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr leaving the Arkansas Ethics Commission hearing in December.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Calls for Republican Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr to resign are turning to plans for impeachment. House Minority Leader Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville, told Arkansas News Bureau Friday steps would be taken to "at least try" to move for impeachment if Darr is still in office when the fiscal session begins February 10th.

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3:46 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Arkansas AG Approves Minimum Wage Ballot Proposal

The Arkansas attorney general's office has approved the wording of a ballot proposal that would raise the state's minimum wage to $8.50 per hour by 2017.

The proposal by the group Give Arkansas a Raise Now got the nod Friday and can begin gathering voter signatures. Organizers want to get the measure on the November ballot.

The initiated act would raise the current minimum wage of $6.25 per hour to $7.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2015.

One year later, it would go up 50 cents to $8 per hour and would top out on Jan. 1, 2017, at $8.50 per hour.

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11:06 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Report: Arkansas Revenue Up In December, Above Forecast

Arkansas finance officials say an early deposit from securities fees kept the state's revenue above forecast and ahead of expectations in December.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration on Friday said the state's net available general revenue totaled $472.1 million in December. That's $15.6 million above last year and $2.8 million above forecast.

The state's net revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 totals $2.5 billion, which is $85.2 million ahead of last year and $32.2 million above forecast.

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10:59 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Feds End Blueway Program, Which Sparked Controversy In Arkansas

The White River near Flippin, Arkansas.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The National Blueways System is being dissolved amid opposition from property owners and lawmakers who feared the conservation recognition program would lead to increased regulation and land seizures. U.S.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Friday that the Connecticut River Blueway would retain its designation as a National Blueway, but that there would be no such further designations.

Jewell's statement about the decision was obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its wider release.

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8:38 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Legal Center Challenges Baxter County Nativity Scene

A Washington, D.C.-based legal center is telling the Baxter County officials to remove a nativity scene from the courthouse lawn or face a lawsuit.

A letter from Appignani Humanist Legal Center attorney Monica Miller says the display is "a monument to Christianity" and an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.

The letter to County Judge Mickey Pendergrass, Mountain Home Mayor David Osmon and Mountain Home attorney Rick Spencer - who donated the display to the county - says a county resident contacted the center about the display.

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