Some lawmakers object to scaling down teacher bonus program

LITTLE ROCK — Ten members of the state House Education Committee are objecting to a proposal by the state Department of Education to scale down a program that rewards teachers who are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

State launches ad campaign aimed at economic development

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston announced Thursday the launch of Arkansas Inc., an advertising campaign aimed at recruiting new businesses to the state and encouraging businesses already here to expand.

Deer video leads to charges

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Thursday that charges have been filed against three Georgia men, and a warning issued to an Arkansas woman, in connection with a video showing a deer being beaten with a textbook.



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.