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Arkansas lawmaker wants to strip Clintons' name from airport

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:49:05 GMT

The largest and busiest airport in Arkansas would no longer be named after the only president and first lady from the state if a bill introduced in the legislature on Thursday succeeds. The legislation would prohibit public buildings or civil works from being named for anyone living or who served in public office in the 10 years prior to the structure's completion.

Fast Forward

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:44:49 GMT

Blend: The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will be joined by vocalist Jean Meilleur and The Jeans 'n' Classics Band as they present Imagine: The Music of John Lennon, 7:30 p.m. March 4 and 3 p.m. March 5 at Robinson Center Performance Hall.

Contentious Grocery Store Wine Bill Headed to House

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:24:43 GMT

A proposal in the Arkansas Legislature to allow grocery stores to sell more wines is expected to go before the full House on Friday, with opponents warning it would damage local liquor stores.

Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week Returns

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:49:52 GMT

The once defunct Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week has been brought back to life for 2017, and there are high-end events aplenty coming to Bentonville the week of March 1-4. Robin Atkinson, the organization's new CEO, hopes to reinvent the organization as a force for promoting and highlighting the community's designers, brands and boutiques.

Strong gales batter northern Europe, killing 1 in UK

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:49:51 GMT

Weather forecasts predict wind and storms for the next two days in Germany. . Women attempt to take a selfie amid strong winds on Westminster Bridge, London, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017.

Arkansas Supreme Court reverses decision on Fayetteville non-discrimination ordinance

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:32:25 GMT

The Arkansas Supreme Court has reversed the circuit court decision upholding the Fayetteville civil rights ordinance , which was aimed at extending protection to LGBT people, along with other protected classes. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge challenged the ordinance on the ground that it ran afoul of a state law aimed at preventing local civil rights ordinances to protect gay people.

Fight in progress on election oversight

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:15:37 GMT

Bubbling at the Capitol this week is a legislative effort - a chief instigator is Sen. Bryan King - to end the autonomy of the state Election Commission and put it in the office of Secretary of State Mark Martin. The legislation would create an investigative staff in the secretary of state's office.

4 groups awarded grants to fight obesity

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:57:37 GMT

Katrina Betancourt, president and chief executive officer of the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention, talks with Troy Wells , president and CEO of Baptist Health; Curtis Barnett, CEO of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield; and Patrick O'Sullivan, executive director of the Blue and You Foundation, after Betancourt's organization received a grant from the foundation to implement wellness programs. Several grants awarded Wednesday by the Blue and You Foundation will go toward fighting a growing obesity problem in Arkansas, which was recently ranked as having the sixth-highest adult obesity rate in the nation.

Bill to provide parole hearings for offenders convicted as juveniles...

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:49:19 GMT

Legislation that disallows life in prison without parole sentences for minors and retroactively calls for parole hearings for those sentenced in this manner in murder cases cleared a Senate committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 294, sponsored by Sen. Missy Irvin , was introduced in the wake of a series of U.S. Supreme Court cases that said minors should be treated differently than adults in sentencing and deemed life without parole cruel and unusual punishment for juveniles.

Elise Davis visits Newport after major-label debut

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:30:56 GMT

Elise Davis visits Newport after major-label debut Nashville-by-way-of-Arkansas singer opening for Jack Ingram at the Southgate House Revival Friday. Check out this story on "The Token," the major-label debut by Nashville-by-way-of-Arkansas singer Elise Davis, was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2016.

Government efficiency on display at War Memorial Stadium

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:06:51 GMT

GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY: A big state carpool was on hand for the governor's announcement of the newly efficient operation of War Memorial Stadium by the Parks and Tourism Department. Gov. Asa Hutchinson today signed bills that he touted as efficiency measures.

Family Council decries 'mental abuse' opt-out for covenant marriages

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:22:49 GMT

The Senate Judiciary Committee meets this morning on the House-passed bill by Rep. Nelda Speaks of Mountain Home to add mental abuse as a ground for divorce under the covenant marriage act of 2001. Covenant marriage was a gimmick dreamed up by fundamentalists , but adopted in only three states.

Voter IDs' return gets panel's OK

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:34:46 GMT

Barry Haas , who said he is a longtime poll worker in Pulaski County, speaks against House Bill 1047 on Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mark Lowery , would require voters to provide identification at the polls.

Japanese group buys several area newspapers in Arkansas

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:05:22 GMT

A Japanese bank group will acquire several South Arkansas daily and weekly newspapers including papers in Hope, Arkadelphia, Prescott, and Gurdon. SoftBank Group Corp. announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Fortress Invesment Group LLC for about $3.3 billion, according to media reports.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:54:33 GMT

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7-year-old first grader has an epic President's Day celebration

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:10:29 GMT

Politics can be a lightning rod discussion at festive events. But when you love presidential history as much as ice cream and cake, you make it work! Just ask 7 year old, Max Montgomery, a first grader at Taylor Elementary in Arkansas, who spent his birthday honoring all his favorite Presidents! Since birth, the first grader has been obsessed with Presidents - both past and present.

Health agency socked with big verdict, Sen. Hutchinson faulted for legal work

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:10:28 GMT

An article in the Batesville Guard says Health Resources of Arkansa s has been ordered to pay $358,000 arising from lawsuit by a former chief executive, David Coleman , who left the mental health services agency in 2012 but says he was never paid retirement benefits he was owed. The judgment includes an unpaid retirement pay claim, an annuity, court costs and attorney fees.