Arkansas Blog

Mayor Pete's Little Rock connection

Mayor Pete once spoke in Little Rock. I was there. Sorry. I didn't take notes.

John Thurston leads the pack in KATV review of state office expenses

Trump, 'treason,' and the abuse of power

Trump's allegation of Justice Department treason is nonsensical.

Vaping madness: Attorney General Rutledge weighs in

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued a news release on the "vicious trend of vaping." She encouraged adults to be watchful and educate younger people about the dangers of e-cigarettes. Now she tells us.

Wednesday's roundup of news and comment and the open line

Here's the daily news roundup by video. Also the open line.

Former legislator gets four months in prison

KSLA in Shreveport reports that Fonda Hawthorne, a former Democratic state legislator, was sentenced today in Little River Circuit Court to four months in prison for stealing money from the Little River Chamber of Commerce, which she once headed.

Gov. Hutchinson announces 15 cabinet secretaries

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced his new cabinet under his government reorganization plan. Few surprises.

Major wreck blocks Interstate 40 near Forrest City

The Arkansas Department of Transportation says Interstate 40 traffic will be delayed until 3 p.m. on account of a major accident near Forrest City. It involves trucks and cars and at least one fatality.

Medicaid expansion improved maternal health

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families notes a new study that found states that adopted the Medicaid expansion provided by Obamacare -- such as Arkansas -- have had greater improvement in the health of mothers and babies. 

Mike Huckabee's fight to throw the public off 'his' Florida beach

Mother Jones has compiled the comprehensive account of Mike Huckabee's political and legal fight to keep the public off the strip of beach in front of his $3 million home near Destin, Fla.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette points to 2020 for shift to digital newspaper. Question: Why is Northwest Arkansas exempt?

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported further today on Publisher Walter Hussman's plan to transition to a digital newspaper six days a week, with only the Sunday paper continuing to use ink and paper. The article left a couple of key questions unanswered.

Jacksonville school voters approve property tax extension

Voters in the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District have approved a 13-year extension of 22.4 property tax mills devoted to debt service to finance school construction.
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