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Panel approves $4.2M appropriation for Arkansas corrections department to reimburse jails for holding state inmates
Arkansas lawmakers debated Thursday whether to give the state Department of Corrections extra money during the current fiscal year to be distributed to county jails as reimbursement for housing state prisoners. Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent a letter to the Joint Budget Committee asking for approval of $4.2 million in general revenue funds for the…
AGFC plans Lake Wilhelmina renovation
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will begin a controlled drawdown of 66-year-old Lake Wilhelmina in Polk County, beginning Aug. 1 to make extensive repairs to failing infrastructure and improve the fishery’s long-term health.  In 2019, uncontrollable falling water levels indicated a failure somewhere in the dam or water control tower. The lake level dropped…
More farm in the Farm Bill
I’ve been on the road visiting with farmers, ranchers, foresters, rural community leaders and nutrition specialists since we began undertaking the daunting task of writing a new farm bill.  At the invitation of my colleagues, I’ve traveled across the country to hear directly from stakeholders as to what we need to include in this contract…
Arkansas AG claims purchasing laws do not apply to governor, days before release of lectern audit
Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin released an opinion Wednesday, at Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ request, declaring that certain executive branch officials such as the governor are not subject to certain laws that regulate purchases by government entities. Sanders’ request and Griffin’s response came just days before lawmakers are expected to release the results of Arkansas…
Sheriff Montgomery cleared of all wrongdoing as former jailer drops final complaint against county, reaches settlement former Sergeant
The legal battle between former Baxter County Jailer Tabitha King, Baxter County and Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery and his former Sergeant is over. In a press release issued Thursday, legal council for Sheriff John Montgomery and the county revealed that all six claims against the Sheriff in his individual capacity were dismissed with prejudice…
Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority contributes $500,000 to ‘Reimagine the River Valley’
The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission along with community leaders met at Chaffee Crossing April 10 to announce a $500,000 contribution from Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority to help update and reinvent the vision of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center. Daniel Mann,…
Opinion: Arkansas school voucher program clearly supports religious instruction
On April 1, as a room full of elementary students looked on, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders touted the successes of Arkansas’ year-old education freedom accounts, otherwise known as school vouchers. Sanders noted that the success of the voucher program’s first year among military families enabled Fort Smith’s Harvest Time Academy to add a grade level…
Northwest Arkansas officials to address growth challenges with regional strategy
To address challenges created by Northwest Arkansas’ unprecedented growth, community leaders announced plans Tuesday to collaborate on the development of a regional growth strategy.  Finding solutions to byproducts of the region’s expansion, such as a lack of affordable housing and increased traffic congestion, was the focus of the NWA Council’s spring meeting Tuesday in Bentonville. …

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