GOP states discover a tax hike they have to like: For roads

Politics 04/14/19, 09:57

Some lawmakers in several Republican-dominated states have decided it’s time to make a big exception and are pushing for tax increases to fix roads. In the past month alone, the Republican governors of Ohio, Alabama and Arkansas have signed fuel tax hikes. Meanwhile, proposed increases are being considered by three legislatures ...

Arkansas governor’s nephew faces new corruption charges

U.S. 04/11/19, 17:28

A former Arkansas lawmaker, the nephew of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, is accused of accepting bribes in exchange for helping a Missouri nonprofit in a widening federal corruption probe that already has ensnared several state legislators, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.Former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and two former executives of ...

Daisy Bates, Johnny Cash statues headed to US Capitol

Entertainment 04/11/19, 16:00

Statues of civil rights leader Daisy Bates and country singer Johnny Cash — two of Arkansas' most celebrated icons — are headed to Washington, D.C., to represent the state in a U.S. Capitol display.Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday signed into law a bill that will swap out the state's current ...

Arkansas governor to sign anti-‘sanctuary cities’ bill

U.S. 04/10/19, 21:56

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday he'll sign legislation cutting off funding to "sanctuary cities" that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities despite the Republican's objections that the measure could open the door to racial profiling. The governor announced he would sign the measure, which would also prevent cities from blocking ...

Arkansas tabs Nevada’s Eric Musselman as next coach

Basketball 04/07/19, 16:04

Arkansas hired Nevada's Eric Musselman on Sunday, hoping to get a once-proud program back to an elite level.The 54-year-old Musselman led a dramatic turnaround in Reno, leading the Wolf Pack to three NCAA Tournaments in four years after a nine-year absence. Nevada reached the Sweet 16 in 2018, but lost ...

Officials optimistic to add radar dome to historic register

Texas 04/07/19, 00:05

With the Texarkana Regional Airport now possessing a historic Cold War site, of which there are only seven still existing in the country, some recognition may be in order.At least that's the verdict of at least two Texarkana, Arkansas, city officials during a recent Airport Authority Board meeting. Arkansas-side City ...

Arkansas lawmakers vote to expand execution drug secrecy

U.S. 04/03/19, 17:57

Arkansas lawmakers sent the governor legislation Wednesday to expand the secrecy surrounding the source of the state's lethal injection drugs, over the objections of media organizations, pharmaceutical companies and death penalty opponents. The House voted 71-16 to approve a bill prohibiting the release of any information that directly or indirectly would ...

Arkansas pastor to lead Southern Baptist executive committee

U.S. 04/02/19, 21:49

Arkansas Pastor Ronnie Floyd has been elected president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee after the man previously in the role resigned due to an inappropriate relationship. The committee elected Floyd at a meeting Tuesday in Dallas. His previous SBC leadership roles include being SBC president from 2014 ...

A Howard County woman helps Pres. Trump border security push

U.S. 03/31/19, 01:06

After vetoing a measure this month that would've overturned his border emergency declaration, President Donald Trump handed the pen to a Howard County woman who has helped him campaign for heightened border security. Sabine Durden of Mineral Springs is, in Trump's words, an "angel mom." Her son, Dominic, died on July ...

Texas Tech’s coach spends life on edge, as an underdog

Sports 03/29/19, 15:03

Chris Beard burst onto the scene at the NCAA Tournament three years ago with a splint on his hand, a chip on his shoulder and a nagging thought that all but guaranteed he would never get outworked: Guys like him only get one chance.The hand has healed. The chip — ...

Arkansas’ Medicaid plan in jeopardy after work rule decision

U.S. 03/29/19, 14:57

An effort to keep Arkansas' Medicaid expansion failed Friday in the state House, leaving the future of coverage uncertain for thousands of low-income residents two days after a judge blocked the state's work requirement on the program. The majority-Republican House voted 52-28 in favor of the budget bill for Medicaid and ...

Obama nominated judge blocks Medicaid work rules in blow to Trump

Politics 03/27/19, 18:57

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Medicaid work requirements undermine the program's mission of providing health care for the needy, dealing a blow to the Trump administration's efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington, D.C., blocked work requirements for low-income people in two ...

Truck carrying chemical explodes in Arkansas, killing driver

U.S. 03/27/19, 13:30

A commercial truck hauling a chemical commonly used as fertilizer exploded Wednesday on a highway in Arkansas, killing the driver and creating a massive crater in the road, authorities said.The explosion happened west of the city of Camden, or about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Little Rock. According to ...

Arkansas fires Mike Anderson after eight-year tenure

Basketball 03/26/19, 16:22

Arkansas has fired men's basketball coach Mike Anderson after an eight-year tenure in which he made three NCAA Tournament appearances.Athletic director Hunter Yurachek said in a statement Tuesday that "I have made a decision that a change in leadership will best position our men's basketball program for future success."Anderson posted ...

Green lifts Indiana past Arkansas 63-60 in NIT

Basketball 03/23/19, 13:40

Devonte Green recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds for his second career double-double to lead Indiana to a 63-60 win over Arkansas in the second round of the NIT on Saturday.Green made two free throws with 6.1 seconds left to give Indiana a three-point lead. Jalen Harris launched a long ...

Prosecutors: Clear dead serial rapist of 1983 Florida murder

U.S. 03/21/19, 16:27

For almost 40 years, no one doubted serial rapist Ronald Stewart murdered Regina Harrison in a South Florida park — not police, not prosecutors and not her family.He pleaded guilty in Fort Lauderdale to three rapes, was convicted of other attacks in Mississippi and when accused of Harrison's 1983 slaying, ...

Bid to strip Confederate link from Arkansas flag fails again

U.S. 03/20/19, 13:56

An Arkansas House panel on Wednesday rejected for a second time a proposal to change the meaning of a star on the state's flag that represents the Confederacy, despite an endorsement from the Republican governor.The proposal was not to change the design of Arkansas' flag, but to remove language that ...

Jones lifts Arkansas past Providence 84-72 in NIT

Basketball 03/19/19, 23:05

Mason Jones had 18 points and Reggie Chaney posted 14 points and seven blocks as Arkansas defeated Providence 84-72 in the NIT first round on Tuesday night.Jones made 4 of 6 3-pointers.Isaiah Joe had 12 points for Arkansas (18-15). Gabe Osabuohien added 11 points and eight rebounds.Arkansas' Adrio Bailey (2) ...

Arkansas’ Gafford declares for NBA draft, won’t play in NIT

Basketball 03/19/19, 16:43

Arkansas forward Daniel Gafford has declared for the NBA draft and will not play in the NIT, where the Razorbacks faced Providence on Tuesday night.Coach Mike Anderson said Monday he supports Gafford's decision and believes he will be a first-round draft pick. Gafford, a 6-foot-11 first-team all-SEC pick, could have ...

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