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Arkansas governor makes road tax main priority for 2020

Nov. 27, 2019 5:49 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s re-election campaign will focus on winning voter approval for a proposed constitutional amendment that would make Arkansas’ 0.5% sales tax for highways and roads permanent. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation,...

Lobbyist sentenced to 7 years in Arkansas corruption scheme

Nov. 25, 2019 4:50 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A lobbyist who pleaded guilty to bribing three former Arkansas state lawmakers, including the governor’s nephew, has been sentenced to seven years in prison without parole. Rusty Cranford was sentenced in federal court Monday for bribing Republican state Sen. Jon Woods,...

Sarah Sanders eyes possible run for governor of Arkansas

Nov. 24, 2019 8:07 PM EST

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — With paid speeches, a book coming out and appearances on cable news, Sarah Sanders is following the traditional route for former press secretaries after leaving the White House as President Donald Trump’s chief spokeswoman. But she’s also getting reacquainted with her...

Little Rock teachers consider options after one-day strike

Nov. 15, 2019 10:35 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock teachers could strike again or take other action to protest Arkansas’ takeover of the local district and the loss of collective bargaining rights, the head of the city’s teachers union said Friday, a day after hundreds of educators walked out for the first...

Arkansas governor launches campaign to keep highway tax

Nov. 15, 2019 5:14 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the leaders of the state’s top lobbying groups launched a campaign Friday to keep a half-cent sales tax for road needs, with the Republican governor calling the effort his top priority among next year’s ballot initiatives. Voters...

Little Rock teachers strike over state’s control of district

Nov. 14, 2019 11:27 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Teachers picketed outside the site of a historic desegregation and dozens of other Little Rock schools Thursday, walking out for the first time in more than three decades to protest the state’s control of the local school system and their loss of collective bargaining...

Ex-lobbyist faces Nov. 25 sentencing for Arkansas bribery

Nov. 13, 2019 6:06 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former lobbyist who pleaded guilty to bribing three former Arkansas lawmakers including the governor’s nephew will be sentenced this month, court records show. Rusty Cranford could face up to 10 years in federal prison for bribing Sen. Jon Woods, Rep. Hank Wilkins and...

Little Rock teachers to go on strike over district's control

Nov. 11, 2019 5:12 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock teachers will go on strike for one day this week over an Arkansas panel's decision to strip their collective bargaining power and complaints about state control of the 23,000-student district, union officials said Monday. The strike that will take place Thursday will be...

Strike plans unclear, Little Rock teachers hold 'walk-ins'

Nov. 6, 2019 4:57 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock teachers have given few clues on whether they'll strike because of Arkansas' decision to no longer recognize their union, but they're staging other demonstrations aimed at drawing attention to the end of their collective bargaining rights and the state's ongoing control...

Housewares company opening facility in Arkansas, hiring 90

Oct. 30, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Michigan-based housewares company is spending $20 million to open a new facility in Little Rock that it expects to create about 90 new jobs within the next two years. HMS Manufacturing Company announced Wednesday it plans to open a new 550,000 square-foot injection molding...