The executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership is retiring next month. The organization says executive director Sharon Priest will retire at the end of January.
Priest was selected to serve as executive director in January 2003. Under her leadership, the partnership has spearheaded the charge for revitalization of Main Street in collaboration with its stakeholders and the city of Little Rock, focusing on the redevelopment of existing structures, streetscape and safety.
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.
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.
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.
Kauffman: I’m joined by central Arkansas’s Congressman-elect French Hill. Thanks for coming down.
Hill: My pleasure, good to be with you.
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.
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.
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.
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.