• Audit says Marshall mayor’s account illegal

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A northern Arkansas mayor created an illegal account related to the city’s water and sewer department, an audit found. The Division of Legislative Audit recently released its report on Marshall’s financial management and found that Mayor Jim Smithson violated state law …

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  • Anti-Obama mood sinks Pryor, Dems

    LITTLE ROCK — As the last Democrat standing in Arkansas’ congressional delegation, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor seemed determined not to repeat the mistakes that others in his party had made. He ran his first campaign ad months before he had an announced opponent and tried …

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  • Hutchinson is next governor

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Republican Asa Hutchinson has been elected Arkansas governor, defeating Democrat and fellow ex-congressman Mike Ross. The 63-year-old Hutchinson was elected to a four-year term Tuesday in a race national Republicans had identified as their best opportunity to flip a governor’s office. …

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  • Crawford re-elected

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Republican congressman Rick Crawford has been elected to his third term representing eastern Arkansas in the U.S. House. Crawford defeated Democrat Jackie McPherson and Libertarian Brian Willhite in Tuesday’s election. The 1st Congressional District includes most of the Mississippi River Delta …

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  • Alcohol rejected

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas voters have turned down a proposed constitutional amendment that would have legalized alcohol sales in all 75 counties. Backers of the proposal had argued that Arkansas’ current patchwork of wet and dry counties is archaic and that legalizing alcohol sales …

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  • Voters hike minimum wage

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas voters have approved a ballot measure that will gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 by 2017. The proposal on Tuesday’s ballot had enjoyed widespread support from Democrats and some Republican candidates, too. Democrats had pushed the wage increase, …

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  • Adding issues to be tougher

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas voters have made it tougher for petition-gatherers to place issues on the ballot. Under current guidelines, backers of ballot issues must give the state a certain number of signatures by a deadline. If they do, they are given an extra …

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  • Term limits revised

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas voters say state lawmakers can stay in office longer in return for tougher ethics rules. Voters Tuesday revised term limits put in place in 1993. Legislators now can stay in office up to 16 years, as either a House member …

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  • State under GOP control

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Republicans have locked up control of the Arkansas Legislature for 2015. The GOP on Tuesday won at least 62 seats in the 100-member House, while Democrats took at least 34. Results are pending on four races. In the 35-member Senate, Republicans …

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  • Veto power approved

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas voters say it’s OK for members of the Legislature to have veto power over administrative rules changes imposed by state agencies. Legislators last year placed on Tuesday’s ballot a proposed constitutional amendment to give state House and Senate committees the …

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  • Imperial Dinner Theatre to present ‘Haint’

    POCAHONTAS — The Imperial Dinner Theatre will present the play “Haint” by Justin Asher Friday through Nov. 16. Reclusive Mercy Seer (played by Andee Evers) lives alone and set apart in a cabin in the Ozark Mountains with a void in her soul where her …

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  • Griffin wins lt. gov. race

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has been elected Arkansas’ new lieutenant governor. Griffin defeated Democrat John Burkhalter and Libertarian Chris Olson in Tuesday’s contest. The two-term congressman succeeds former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who resigned earlier this year amid an ethics …

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