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Stalled affordable teacher housing project finds new life in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas community members broke ground Tuesday on a multifamily rental development that provides a new path forward for the Bentonville School District’s affordable housing project, which stalled following a rejected rezoning request in February.  The Excellerate Foundation, a grant-making organization that’s worked on regional housing issues, proposed constructing employee housing adjacent to Bentonville High…

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Former Arkansas federal prosecutor appointed to judicial disciplinary body

Patrick Harris, a veteran federal prosecutor and law school instructor, has been appointed to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Committee by Attorney General Tim Griffin. The appointment comes two days after online news site The Intercept revealed Griffin’s previous appointee to the committee, former U.S. Attorney Duane “Dak” Kees, had resigned after publication of…

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Arkansas Supreme Court overturns ruling challenging state election laws

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a lower court’s ruling and dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of four election-related laws approved by the state Legislature in 2021.  The League of Women Voters of Arkansas filed the suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Secretary of State John Thurston and the Arkansas State Board…

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Former Democratic gubernatorial nominee files defamation suit against Arkansas senator

Former Arkansas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Jones on Thursday filed a defamation lawsuit against Republican Sen. Bart Hester. The complaint, which was filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court by Northwest Arkansas lawyers Tom Mars and Kathryn Platt, alleges “internet defamation with malice” against Hester, president pro tempore of the Arkansas Senate. In a post on…

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Deadline approaching for public input on Arkansas ‘transformation contract’ rule

Today is the final day to submit public comments on rules governing transformation contracts between struggling Arkansas school districts and a third party, like a charter management organization.  The LEARNS Act, a 2023 law that made sweeping changes to Arkansas’ education system, allows a public school with a “D” or “F”-rating or one classified as…

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Arkansas officials grant $20 million to increase nursing pipeline

State officials on Monday announced $20 million in grants to assist 19 Arkansas higher education institutions in training more nurses amid a nationwide shortage.  The Arkansas Linking Industry to Grow Nurses (ALIGN) program is supported through American Rescue Plan Act funding and will be administered by the state Commerce Department’s Office of Skills Development, Commerce…

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