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10:49 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Corporate Tax Collections Put Arkansas $44 Million Ahead Nearing Tax Season

Halfway through the fiscal year Arkansas finance officials report revenue collections are $44 million dollars, or 1.7 percent, higher than expected. The Department of Finance and Administration report released Monday shows a drop in individual income and sales tax collections for the month, however corporate tax collections increased by $21 million.

DFA economist John Shelnutt cautioned higher than anticipated corporate tax collections are not expected to continue in the long-term.

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9:03 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Beebe Says He Hopes Lifting State's 'Swagger' Is His Legacy

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe successfully pushed to nearly eliminate the state's grocery tax over the past eight years, helped convince a Republican-led Legislature to embrace a key part of the president's health care law and enjoys an approval rating that's barely dipped below 70 percent since he took office in 2007.
 

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1:52 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Arkansas Law Enforcement Agencies Look At Cost Of Body Cameras

Arkansas law enforcement officials say they would like to equip their officers with body cameras but that their cost may prevent it.

Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck says the cost of body cameras - more than $1,000 per camera - is a problem.

Cradduck says body cameras can help law enforcement in two ways. The Northwest Arkansas Times reports  cameras can clear a deputy of false allegations. Cameras can also provide evidence if a deputy abuses his authority.

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6:43 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Downtown Revitalization Project: Main Street Arkansas

A downtown revitalization program is helping Arkansas cities revive their business districts. Since 1984, Main Street Arkansas has worked with cities throughout the state, helping to fund and providing guidance on downtown revitalization projects. The organization says Main Street Arkansas cities have yielded a net gain of 3,907 jobs, 1,151 new businesses and 1,066 business expansions and relocations into downtowns to date. More than $145 million in investment funds has financed 3,272 facade renovations, rehabilitations and new construction projects.

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6:39 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Fayetteville Housing Authority Retirement

The executive director of the Fayetteville Housing Authority plans to retire next month after 28 years with the agency. Fredia Sawin began as a receptionist for the housing authority in the 1980s. She then managed the Section 8 program before replacing Bromo Wilson as executive director in 2003.  The housing authority helps provide shelter to poor, disabled and elderly residents. It operates four publicly subsidized housing complexes.

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9:33 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Beebe's Self-Review

Credit thecitywire.com

  The following is a transcript of Mike Beebe's final weekly radio address as governor of Arkansas:

When asked in recent interviews about my past eight years as Governor, I’ve said repeatedly that it’s been quite a ride. When you review the challenges we’ve faced and the strides we’ve made, it’s easy to see why.

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9:11 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Arkansans Making Minimum Pay Get Increase

  Minimum wage workers in Arkansas got an hourly pay increase on Wednesday. Workers earning the state level minimum wage will see an increase from $6.25 to $7.50 an hour. Employees earning federal minimum wage rates, $7.25 per hour will also see an increase.

Give Arkansas a Raise Now’s Steve Copely says the change has wide support and impacts a range of people.

"You know when people are working hard and they're trying to make ends meet and they just can't do that, every little bit helps and that's how we see it," he said. 

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9:03 am
Fri January 2, 2015

City Leaders Inaugurated

Credit Arkansas Times

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola is making New Year’s plans for his next term. The mayor, along with city directors, was inaugurated Wednesday for 2015.

He said his priorities include improving transparency and digital communication, youth programs and educating around the city’s ramped-up recycling program that launches this year.

"I certainly want to do everything I can to make sure we have efficient delivery of services to our citizens and that we do everything we can to keep them safe and create opportunities for prosperity,” he said. 

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8:55 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Arkansas Approved For Changes To 'Private Option'

The federal government on Wednesday approved Arkansas' request for changes to the state's compromise Medicaid expansion that will require recipients to make monthly co-payments to health savings accounts and put limits on transportation for routine doctor visits and other non-emergency services.

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5:56 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Gov. Beebe Appoints 7 To Judicial Posts

Gov. Mike Beebe has announced the appointments of seven people to judicial posts in Arkansas - including the appointment of state Supreme Court Justice Cliff Hoofman to the Arkansas Court of Appeals.
 
Beebe announced Wednesday that Hoofman will replace Judge Rhonda Woods on the state appeals court. Hoofman was appointed by Beebe to the state Supreme Court in 2012 and was not eligible to run for re-election and Woods was elected to replace Hoofman on the state's highest court.
 

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