News

Pages

Local & Regional News
5:26 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Senator Pryor Delivers Farewell Speech, Warns Of Hyper-Partisanship

Pryor speaking for the last time on the Senate Floor Mnday.
Credit Arkansas Times/C-SPAN 2

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is warning about the dangers of "hyper-partisanship" and urging Washington lawmakers to find ways to work together as he prepares to leave office after 12 years.

The outgoing two-term senator from Arkansas on Monday delivered his farewell speech on the Senate floor. Pryor, the only Democratic member of Arkansas' congressional delegation, was defeated by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton in his re-election bid last month.

Read more
Local & Regional News
3:34 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Chamber Head Expects Challenges Over New Ethics Amendment

Panelists in Monday's discussion on the state's new ethics law.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

The head of the state's largest business lobbying group says he expects court challenges aimed at clarifying questions surrounding a new constitutional amendment that imposes new ethics restrictions on lawmakers and loosens term limits.

Read more
Local & Regional News
1:46 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Arkansas AG: Woman Pleads Guilty To Medicaid Fraud

Arkansas' attorney general says a Crittenden County woman has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says 34-year-old Elaina Brewer of Marion pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of Medicaid fraud. A Pulaski County judge sentenced Brewer to two years of probation and ordered her to pay a $5,530 fine and $1,843 in restitution. She also must undergo random drug tests.

Brewer was arrested in October 2013 after investigators found she billed the Arkansas Medicaid Program for attendant-care services she did not provide.

Read more
Local & Regional News
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Congressman-elect French Hill: Committee Spot, Immigration, & Racial Justice

U.S. Rep.-elect French Hill (R-2nd Dist.)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Kauffman: I’m joined by central Arkansas’s Congressman-elect French Hill. Thanks for coming down.

Hill: My pleasure, good to be with you.

Committee Assignment

Kauffman: It’s not quite final yet, but you’ll be taking your seat next month and you’ve already received a committee assignment – and it’s an important one. You’ll be dealing with housing, banks…names like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Read more
Local & Regional News
5:29 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Consulting Group Says Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Confusing and Mistrusted

Executives with Camelot Global Services speak before a legislative committee Friday.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A consulting group says the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is experiencing from declining revenue because it offers too many games and is negatively perceived by potential customers. UK-based Camelot Global Services presented the analysis to a legislative committee Friday. Richard Bateson,Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Camelot says Arkansas should reduce prize payout and better promote the lottery.

Read more
Local & Regional News
2:49 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Governor Beebe Formally Announces Intent To Pardon Son

File photo of Gov. Mike Beebe speaking to reporters in October 2013.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has taken the first step toward previously announced plans to pardon his son over a 2003 marijuana conviction.

Beebe on Friday formally announced his intent to pardon his son Kyle, who was convicted in 2003 of felony marijuana possession with intent to deliver. Beebe last month said he planned to grant the pardon.

The announcement begins a 30-day period for public comment before the pardon takes effect.

Read more
Local & Regional News
2:26 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Arkansas To Get $60,000 In Settlement With Sirius XM Radio

Arkansas will receive $60,178 from Sirius XM Radio Inc. in a national settlement to resolve complaints about misleading advertising and billing practices.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says Arkansas customers who haven't filed a complaint have 150 days to file one to be considered for restitution.

Sirius XM agreed to pay a total of $3.8 million to 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Read more
Local & Regional News
2:17 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Election: Fayetteville's LGBT Anti-Discrimination Measure An Arkansas Rarity

State Rep. Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville)

Voters in Fayetteville next week will decide the fate of an anti-discrimination ordinance designed in large part to protect the city’s LGBT population. Fayetteville’s city council approved the measure – the first of its kind in Arkansas - in August and a petition process for its repeal began immediately after. Signature gathering was successful and the ordinance is up for a repeal vote December 9.

Read more
Local & Regional News
11:34 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Lawmakers To Hear Consultant's Review Of The Arkansas Lottery

Arkansas lawmakers are set to hear consultants' recommendations for improving the state's lottery, which has seen its sales slow in recent years.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committee was set to hear a report Friday from Camelot Global Services of Philadelphia, which lawmakers hired earlier this year to review the lottery's operations and make recommendations on how to increase its revenue.

Voters approved a constitutional amendment establishing the lottery to raise money for college scholarships, and the state began selling tickets in 2009.

Read more
Local & Regional News
5:38 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Incoming Governor Hutchinson Asks Candace Franks To Stay As Banking Chief

Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson is keeping Candace Franks as commissioner of the Arkansas State Bank Department.

The incoming Republican governor announced Thursday that he was keeping Franks, who has been the commissioner since 2007 when Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe appointed her. Franks has been with the department for 35 years.

Franks said in a statement released by Hutchinson's office that she had agreed to stay in the position.  Hutchinson praised Franks' work at the department as "exemplary."

Pages