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Hunter Field

Hunter Field

Hunter Field is a veteran Arkansas journalist whose reporting on the state has carried him from military air strips in northwest Arkansas to soybean fields in the Arkansas delta. He spent the better part of the last decade investigating and reporting on Arkansas government and politics. For three years, he covered education policy, medical marijuana and the Arkansas General Assembly as part of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Capitol Bureau. Most recently, he was the Democrat-Gazette's projects editor, leading the newspaper's investigative team. Hunter got his start in journalism covering sports for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. A Memphis native, he enjoys smoking barbecue, kayaking and fishing in his free time.

If approved, Arkansas’ recreational marijuana law would be tightest in U.S.

By: - October 6, 2022

Arkansas would have the strictest recreational marijuana law in the U.S. if voters approve a constitutional amendment legalizing the drug next month. Nineteen other states have legalized cannabis for adult use, but Arkansas would be only the fourth to still outlaw growing the plants at home, an Advocate analysis of marijuana laws across the U.S. […]

Administrative judge from Scott tapped to lead Arkansas Public Service Commission

By: - September 29, 2022

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday appointed an administrative law judge from Scott to be the next chair of Arkansas’ utility regulator. Katie Anderson, an administrative judge for the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission and vice president of her family’s Lonoke bait fish farm, will take the helm of the Arkansas Public Service Commission on Oct. 2. […]

A diverse group of protestors hold signs calling for the cancellation of school loan debt

Arkansas, five other states sue Biden administration to block student loan forgiveness plan

By: - September 29, 2022

Arkansas on Thursday filed a lawsuit with five other states to block President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan. The lawsuit announced Thursday morning by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge argues the Biden administration skirted Congress last month when it took executive action on student loan relief, violating the principle of separation of powers in […]

Former nonprofit executives admit roles in bribery scheme at Arkansas statehouse

By: - September 28, 2022

The two nonprofit executives at the center of a federal corruption probe that shook the Arkansas Capitol over the last decade pleaded guilty on Wednesday. Tom and Bontiea Goss, the married couple who ran Missouri-based Preferred Family Health, admitted in separate pleas in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to participating in […]

Arkansas will no longer auto-assign new Medicaid expansion enrollees to private plans

By: - September 26, 2022

State Medicaid officials made a subtle change this month to reduce the number of low-income Arkansans who receive financial assistance to purchase private health insurance. Previously, those eligible for the state’s expanded Medicaid program who didn’t choose a commercial health plan would be automatically enrolled in one. But with the Sept. 1 policy change, the […]

Arkansas DHS chief of staff will replace outgoing Human Services secretary

By: - September 22, 2022

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced on Thursday the appointment of Mark White as the next head of the Arkansas Department of Human Services. White, the agency’s current chief of staff and chief legislative and intergovernmental affairs officer, will replace Human Services Secretary Cindy Gillespie, who announced last week that she would resign next month. “I have […]

UPDATE: Sanders will recover from thyroid surgery at home, campaign says

By: - September 16, 2022

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the GOP nominee to be Arkansas’ next governor, announced on Friday she had her thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes surgically removed due to recently discovered thyroid cancer. On Saturday, campaign spokesman Judd Deere said Sanders, 40, had been released from the hospital to spend the remainder of her recovery at home. An […]

Arkansas DHS secretary to resign next month

By: - September 15, 2022

Cindy Gillespie, the secretary of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, will resign next month. Gillespie, who came to Arkansas in 2016 to lead DHS, oversaw several major reforms of Arkansas’ Medicaid programs, particularly its version of Medicaid expansion, now called ARHOME. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Gillespie’s resignation in a Thursday afternoon news release. Hutchinson […]

ON THE TRAIL: Sarah Huckabee Sanders brings anti-‘radical left’ message, celebrity

By: - September 12, 2022

Sarah Huckabee Sanders wanted the crowd in Morrilton last week to know she’s a fighter.  She fought the media and “the radical left” while in Washington D.C., she said, and if elected Arkansas’ first female governor, she pledged to do the same against the “crazy bad ideas” coming out of the nation’s capital. “I want […]

Forged paperwork allowed special ed students’ move into GED program at youth lockup

By: - September 5, 2022

Staff at Arkansas’ youth lockups forged the paperwork of students with disabilities to transfer them from special education classes to the GED program, internal emails show. The newly uncovered records further explain a suspicious increase in incarcerated youths obtaining GEDs last year. A state investigation in April found that teachers at the youth lockups — […]

UPDATE: Arkansas Groups voice concern about impact of recreational marijuana proposal on hemp

By: - September 2, 2022

This story has been updated. It remains unclear if Arkansans will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana at the ballot box in November, but some in the hemp industry are already concerned. For several weeks, hemp insiders have quietly raised questions about the language of the Arkansas Adult Use Cannabis Amendment, proposed by Responsible Growth […]

Employment records show past problems, successes of 3 Arkansas officers in viral arrest

By: and - September 1, 2022

One of the officers involved in the now-viral beating of a suspect in northwest Arkansas was fired or forced to resign from two nearby law enforcement agencies over domestic problems. Another was counseled on two occasions for being too aggressive with inmates at the Crawford County jail, including a reprimand for striking an inmate in […]