Arkansas vaccination tour: Result, low trust in government

News 07/18/21, 02:38

As Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) joined his statewide vaccination tour to meet with unvaccinated residents in person, more has been learned of how skeptical people can be about the doses.  Making vaccine hesitancy a priority to counter, Hutchinson, on July 7, decided to go around the state to meet the unvaccinated ...

Trump endorses former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for Arkansas governor

U.S. 01/27/21, 02:42

A former top adviser to the previous administration received the former president's approval to compete for the Arkansas governorship. Former President Donald Trump officially endorsed Sarah Huckabee Sanders's run for governor of Arkansas at the gubernatorial election coming up in November 2022. "Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a warrior who will always fight ...

Sarah Sanders speculation shakes up Arkansas governor’s race

Politics 06/14/19, 19:42

Speculation that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders could run for governor in her home state of Arkansas is shaking up a race three years away that was already expected to attract a crowd of Republican candidates. President Donald Trump encouraged Sanders to run for governor when he announced her departure ...

Update: Trump declares emergency for Arkansas flooding

U.S. 05/31/19, 10:15

The Latest on flooding in the United States (all times local): 9:15 a.m. President Donald Trump has declared an emergency in Arkansas, which has been hit by historic flooding. The Arkansas River floods Harry E. Kelley River Park Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Fort Smith, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods) The White House said late ...

Levees strained as Arkansas River stays at record levels

U.S. 05/30/19, 11:06

The Arkansas River held steady at record levels Thursday morning, putting enormous pressure on aging levees and offering little relief to areas enduring historic flooding. In Fort Smith, Arkansas' second-largest city, officials expected hundreds of homes to flood , while in nearby Van Buren, officials warned that a levee protecting a ...

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 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’ 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 ...

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 ...

Arkansas, Utah lawmakers pass 18-week abortion bans

U.S. 03/13/19, 22:56

Lawmakers in Arkansas and Utah sent their governors legislation Wednesday banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, moving the states closer to enacting bans that could be among the strictest in the country. The Arkansas House gave final approval by an 86-1 vote to the bill there, which Republican ...

Arkansas governor signs bill cutting top income tax rate

Business 02/19/19, 17:43

Arkansas' governor on Tuesday signed into law his $97 million plan to cut the state's top income tax rate, and said he wants legislators to address highway funding before looking at any other tax reductions during this year's session.Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed the bill outlining his proposal to cut ...

Arkansas tax cut plan advances to final vote in House

Business 02/12/19, 16:24

A $97 million proposal to cut Arkansas' top income tax rate advanced Tuesday toward its final vote in the Legislature, but House leaders were unsure whether it has enough support to pass after facing resistance from some GOP lawmakers.The House Revenue and Tax Committee voted 15-2 in favor of Republican ...

Update: Arkansas Supreme Court justice wins

U.S. 11/07/18, 01:02

The Latest on the 2018 election in Arkansas (all times local): 11 p.m. An Arkansas Supreme Court justice has won re-election after facing a barrage of attack ads and mailers from a Washington-based conservative group. Justice Courtney Goodson defeated challenger and Department of Human Services Chief Counsel David Sterling in the non-partisan race. The ...

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