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Some Arkansas lawmakers are trying to restore a 2013 capital gains tax break that had been scaled back to help pay for a middle class income tax cut earlier this year.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Thursday endorsed a proposal to raise the percentage of a capital gain that is exempt from the income tax. The bill now heads to the full House for consideration.

The proposal is expected to cost the state $6 million in the coming fiscal year and $11 million the following year.

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The family of Dale Bumpers has asked the University of Arkansas library to temporarily remove some journal entries critical of former President Bill Clinton and his wife that are attributed to the former governor and U.S. senator.

Mother Jones magazine this week reported that the typewritten diaries contain entries in which Bumpers is critical of Clinton, also a former Arkansas governor, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Bumpers' son, Brent, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story Thursday that he wasn't aware his father kept a diary.

Arkansas Supreme Court Upholds State's Lethal Injection Law

Mar 19, 2015

The right of the Arkansas Department of Correction to select a chemical used in executions does not violate state law or separation of powers, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday.

Arkansas House members are scheduled to consider a pair of bills to regulate the transfer of adopted children to unrelated families.
 
The proposals to criminalize a transfer practice called "re-homing" and require the Department of Human Services to provide post-adoption services to families could be heard by the House on Thursday.
 

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School board and millage elections in Arkansas will likely remain separate from General Elections after a bill seeking to align the two failed to pass Wednesday out of the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs. Some of the State’s Election Commissioners and County Clerks were opposed to the measure. Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis spoke against the bill saying it would complicate the process of devising an easily understandable ballot:

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An injunction hearing began Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the Arkansas State Board of Education’s January 28 dissolution of the Little Rock School Board.

An attorney for the plaintiffs, Rickey Hicks, said his team’s initial examination of school board members is  meant to establish they have experienced irreparable harm as a result of their dismissal from duty. 

Arkansas lawmakers have overwhelmingly supported cutting members' reimbursement expenses so that their pay can more than double.

The House voted 90-1 Wednesday to eliminate the more than $14,000 in reimbursements that lawmakers can receive for office expenses. An identical measure cleared the Senate on a 34-0 vote. A final vote on the legislation is expected as soon as Thursday.

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Bob Parlocha, longtime jazz musician and radio host died Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 76.

The WFMT Radio Network, which distributes Parlocha’s Jazz Network – known to KUAR listeners as Jazz with Bob Parlocha – says the longtime jazz musician and radio host had been rehabilitating from an illness over the past year and the heart attack was unexpected.

A Senate panel has voted to prevent the state from renewing its contract with a Common Core-linked test for more than a year after a proposal to scrap the assessment entirely failed.

The Senate Education Committee approved legislation Wednesday requiring the state Board of Education to consider the recommendations from a state task force before deciding to renew its involvement in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

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Arkansas' freshman senator who wrote a letter to Iran's leaders during nuclear negotiations could seek re-election and the White House in 2020 under a bill endorsed by a state House committee.

The State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced the bill in a voice vote Wednesday. It would allow U.S. Senate and congressional candidates to also appear on the ballot as presidential or vice presidential candidates.

The bill's sponsor has said U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton helped inspire the proposal. It now heads to the House.

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