Higher ed board OKs framework for new funding formula, new director

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Friday approved the basic framework for a proposed new funding formula for higher education that would reward institutions for achieving certain outcomes, including increasing degree-completion rates.

Medical-marijuana proposal’s backers get more canvassing time

LITTLE ROCK — Supporters of a proposed ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas have not reached the signature threshold to secure a spot on the November ballot but have qualified for time to collect more signatures, according to the secretary of state’s office.

Governor sets special election for vacant House seat

LITTLE ROCK — As expected, Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday issued a proclamation calling for a special election to fill the House seat left vacant by the death of state Rep. Sheilla Lampkin of Monticello.


Hoops Hogs: Scouting the bench

FAYETTEVILLE - Expectations for the 2016-17 Arkansas basketball season are as high as they have been in coach Mike Anderson’s six seasons.


Guest commentary: Investing in jobs, low-cost clean energy, communities

Oklahoma is blessed with some of the strongest wind resources in the country. Homes and businesses in Arkansas and other states in the region need energy supplies that are clean, affordable and reliable. Congestion on the existing transmission grid makes it difficult to move energy from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Arkansas and further south and east. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project is necessary so that Oklahoma can reap the benefits of its great energy resources and Arkansas and other states can gain access to those resources at an economic scale. Investing in clean energy infrastructure will create jobs, foster growth in local communities and ultimately improve the quality of life in Oklahoma, Arkansas and other states.

Great Promise, Great Challenge

Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisconsin, was elected the 54th Speaker of the House this past Thursday. Ryan took the gavel from Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, who had been pressured to resign the post by the ultra-conservatives in the party.

PATE: A job not done and not well

I’ve been a bit out of sorts lately. It’s not that good things don’t happen to me every day, but life’s little travails just seem to have come in a big pack in recent times. As I’ve gotten older, I deal with setbacks better than I would have a few years ago. It’s like picking out splinters — after you’ve done it a couple hundred times, you develop a technique, but you probably don’t want any more practice.