Moratorium on hog farm permits renewed

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission voted Friday to approve a third 180-day moratorium on issuing hog farm permits in the Buffalo River watershed.

Lawmakers formally adjourn legislative session

LITTLE ROCK — State legislators on Wednesday formally adjourned the 2015 regular session, acknowledging that they likely will return at some point for a special session to address Medicaid expansion and possibly other issues.

Governor’s office unveils redesigned website

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s office on Wednesday unveiled a redesigned version of its website with several new features, including an interactive map tracking the governor’s travels.

ExxonMobil agrees to pay $5 million for Mayflower oil spill

LITTLE ROCK — ExxonMobil has agreed to pay $5.07 million to resolve allegations it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with the 2013 Mayflower oil spill, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.


Dykes Garners Extension

FAYETTEVILLE – After his first year on the job the Arkansas women’s basketball team reached the NCAA Tournament, coach Jimmy Dykes agreed Thursday to an extension to keep him in the fold until March 2020.


PATE: From ashes to prosperity

In 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius near modern Naples, Italy, erupted, burying the city of Pompeii in a thick blanket of volcanic ash. As one witness to the calamity wrote, the dust “poured across the land” like a flood. Nearly two thousand people died; and the city was abandoned for the next 1,700 years.

PATE: Now Serving Student Number Six

Recently, I attended a meeting where an administrator from a small public university treated the audience to a review of his institution’s new “brand identity campaign.” There’s a lot I don’t like about the current direction of higher education in America. This is the thing I despise the most.