Legislators object to possible highway funding change

LITTLE ROCK — Two legislators have asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to oppose any attempt to modify the state’s highway funding formula, saying cities and counties would suffer if the amounts they receive were to be reduced.

Proposed paper mill to add “several hundred” jobs for South Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson returns from his China trip late Tuesday, following the signing of a letter of intent on Monday between the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and China’s Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co. Ltd (Sun Paper), bringing a proposed paper mill for Arkansas a step closer to reality.

USS Hoga joins USS Razorback at Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The USS Hoga, a tugboat that saw action at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, on Monday became the second World War II vessel to be docked at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock. The USS Razorback, a submarine that was present in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered to the U.S., was added to the Museum in 2004 and opened to the public in 2005.


Four Downs: Hatcher likely coming back, Jonathan Williams not

FAYETTEVILLE – Bret Bielema delivered a bit of good news and a bit of bad in the bowels of the Fred W. Smith Football Center on Monday. Considering the public figure was both bits of information would be negatives, the net result was happiness.

Two days later, Bielema still says decision to run was correct one

FAYETTEVILLE – Bret Bielema is not an angry type of guy. Not publicly, anyway. Smart aleck, perhaps. Class-clown-ish sometimes. Well-liked, mostly. Even with his penchant for saying things to garner attention, both good and ill, Bielema never comes off as hostile.


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.