Hutchinson, Ross open to changing school consolidation law

LITTLE ROCK — The major-party candidates for governor both said during a debate Monday they are open to amending a state law that requires mandatory consolidation or annexation of public school districts that fall below 350 students for two consecutive years.

Legislative committee seeks solutions to prison overcrowding

PINE BLUFF — Dealing with the problem of prison overcrowding and a backlog of inmates in county jails brought members of the Senate and House Committees of State Agencies and Governmental Affairs together Monday in Pine Bluff to discuss possible solutions.

Early voting begins

LITTLE ROCK — By 4 p.m. Monday, 21,094 Arkansans had cast ballots on the first day of early voting for the Nov. 4 general election, according to Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office.

Huckabee headlines Rutledge rally

LITTLE ROCK — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee vouched for the character of attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge during a Republican Party rally on Monday, the first day of early voting for the Nov. 4 election.

U.S. Senate candidates Pryor, Cotton, Swaney, LaFrance on the issues

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate race in Arkansas has been among the most expensive and hotly contested in the nation with the two major party candidates and their supporters spending more than $42.6 million on the campaign while two minor party candidates have been left largely on the sidelines.



Editorial: Meaning of Columbus Day changed over time

Today, the nation pauses to observe Columbus Day. This holiday occupies an odd place in our history. A generation ago, it was still common to hear Columbus referred to as the “discoverer” of America. As most folks now readily concede, the Vikings had set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland four centuries before Columbus.

Editorial: Compromise heads off controversial curriculum changes

Score one for opponents of the thought police. After two weeks of public outrage, demonstrations and statewide backlash, the school board of Jefferson County, Colo., has relented on its plan to sanitize its advanced placement U. S. history classes. The proposal was offered by Julie Williams one of three newly elected ultra-conservative board members.