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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 […]

Citations issued in Huntsville School District abuse case

BY: - September 28, 2022

Audra Kimball, former Huntsville School District superintendent and current personnel and program compliance director, and former junior high school basketball coach Kaleb Houston have been summoned to appear for charges of failure to notify by mandated reporters in the first degree, according to Fourth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Matt Durrett. “These are the initial summons and […]

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 […]

Manchin seeks bipartisan ‘sweet spot’ for a new try at his energy permitting bill

BY: - September 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators from both parties said Wednesday they hope to negotiate an energy permitting reform bill yet this year, reviving efforts to streamline the process after West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III had to pull back his plan amid broad opposition.  The Manchin proposal was attached to a must-pass government funding bill […]

Lawmakers authorize almost $55 million in recovery funds for school districts

BY: - September 28, 2022

More than $54.8 million in federal relief funds will be disbursed to 26 school districts following approval by an Arkansas Legislative Council subcommittee Wednesday. The action marked the panel’s seventh round of review of school districts’ spending plans since July, when the council strongly recommended that schools use American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School […]

USDA hopes to boost fertilizer production as soon as next year

BY: - September 28, 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $500 million to increase domestic fertilizer production, doubling its previous commitment, the agency announced. The federal dollars would boost long-term projects and ready-to-go proposals that might have an effect as early as next year. Some of the first projects to get funding from the Fertilizer Production Expansion Program […]

Stopgap spending bill advances in U.S. Senate after Manchin pulls his energy plan

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate advanced a catchall spending package Tuesday that would provide billions to aid Ukraine’s war effort, help communities throughout the country recover from natural disasters and keep the federal government funded through mid-December.  Democrats and Republicans voted 72-23 to move the measure toward a final vote later this week—a success that […]

Arkansas Senate suspends Clark for “frivolous” complaint, changes rules for future ethics filings

BY: - September 27, 2022

The Arkansas Senate voted to sanction Sen. Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale), who was not present at Tuesday’s Senate meeting, for filing a “spurious, frivolous and retaliatory” ethics complaint against Sen. Stephanie Flowers (D-Pine Bluff). The 26-4 vote came after three Senate Ethics Committee meetings and two full Senate meetings, bringing an end to several weeks of […]

Indiana lawyer files first significant lawsuit against Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan

BY: - September 27, 2022

A public interest lawyer in Indiana is suing to block President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan on the basis that he would be forced to pay state taxes on the canceled debt. It’s one of the first significant legal challenges to Biden’s plan. The federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court […]

Arkansas School Safety Commission chair Cheryl May speaks into a microphone while sitting at a table with Gov. Asa Hutchinson

School Safety Commission adopts final proposals before report due date

BY: - September 27, 2022

The Arkansas School Safety Commission wrapped up four months of work by approving seven more recommendations at its final meeting Tuesday. Its final report to the governor is due Oct. 1. Three proposals at Tuesday’s meeting focused on cybersecurity and included recommendations for school districts to implement best practices in third-party risk management and cybersecurity […]

U.S. House panel investigating Jan. 6 attack postpones hearing

BY: - September 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — A Wednesday hearing planned by the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol has been postponed due to Hurricane Ian nearing landfall in Florida. A new date has not been announced. “In light of Hurricane Ian bearing down on parts of Florida, we have decided to […]

Louisiana attorney general gets other GOP AGs to oppose energy permit reforms

BY: - September 27, 2022

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is leading a group of 18 Republican attorneys general in opposition to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposed Energy Independence and Security Act — a bill that would reform the federal permitting process for major energy infrastructure projects. Manchin (D-West Virginia) released the text of his legislation last week following weeks […]