Arkansas Politics

The group that opposes a voter-initiated act to authorize three casinos in Arkansas has received $109,500 in campaign donations from Oaklawn Racing and Gaming and Southland Park Gaming and Racing.

Oaklawn has donated $59,500 while Delaware North, the parent company of Southland, has donated $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Arkansas’ Values/Stop Casinos Now, according to the Committee’s Arkansas Ethics Commission filing report. Oaklawn and Southland both operate casinos.

10 commandments
Wikipedia

Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says a state panel doesn't have the authority to reject placing a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol, while three other proposed displays would still need legislative approval.

Steve Womack
Talk Business & Politics

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, outlined Congress’ critical funding priorities – including money to address the Zika crisis – and said there is no doubt in his mind that Donald Trump would be superior as Commander-in-chief over Hillary Clinton as President.

Miss America Savvy Shields
KATV, Channel 7 News

The newly crowned Miss America wants the two leading presidential candidates to know that "compromise" is not a dirty word.

Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields won the Miss America pageant Sunday night in Atlantic City, and it didn't take long for her to voice her opinion about the presidential race.

Shields was asked during her onstage interview what she thought of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. She answered that while both Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have done a good job thus far, "they also need to watch what they're doing."

(from left) Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Mervin Jebaraj, assistant director of the Center for Business and Economic Research; Sherman Tate, state Urban League board chair; and Ken Wade, executive director of the Urban League of the State of Arkansas.
Steve Brawner / Talk Business and Politics

Poverty rates increased for African Americans in Little Rock from 2010-13 while median incomes for all races dropped in Fort Smith over that time period, according to a report released Thursday (Sept. 1) by the state’s Urban League chapter.

 Arkansas election officials have approved a second measure legalizing medical marijuana for the November ballot.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office on Wednesday verified supporters of the proposed constitutional amendment legalizing the drug for some patients because they turned in more than enough signatures to qualify. Backers of the proposal turned in 97,284 signatures from registered voters, more than the 84,859 needed to earn a spot on the ballot.

Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas and federal officials have extended an agreement for a research center that's aimed at enhancing regulatory science.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding extending for another five years their partnership on the Arkansas Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science.

The center was established in 2011 at the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research and is aimed at modernizing regulatory science to help move safer products to the market, according to the MOU.

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arkansas.gov

More Arkansas children are entering foster care than leaving the system, and there are more than three times as many foster children as foster homes. So the Department of Human Services is trying to streamline the process of creating more of those homes.

-Arkansans will see a rise in insurance rates this year. But it could have been worse? Meanwhile, thousands more enroll in the state’s private option.

-The Republican candidate for a state house seat in south Arkansas faces jail time. 

-A Sherwood court comes under pressure from the ACLU: A story of hot checks, court fines, and debtors’ prisons.

-Arkansas’s struggle with high rates of incarceration rates is nothing new, but a recent report may offer a guide for how the state deals with overcrowding. 

File photo. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R).
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the nation's highest court to weigh in on whether a 1994 federal law prevents Arkansas State Police from releasing all driver and survivor information on accident reports.

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