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Governor signs highway funding plan

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday signed into law a bill containing his plan to boost highway funding by shifting funds within state government.

State partners with health care association on reform plan

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Arkansas Health Care Association for implementation of reforms aimed at improving services available to aging and physically disabled Arkansans and reducing Medicaid costs.

Lawmakers OK so-called efficiency bill, other measures

LITTLE ROCK — Matching versions of a 105-page bill that would move the Arkansas History Commission to the Department of Arkansas Heritage and eliminate or change multiple task forces, committees and commissions passed in the House and Senate Friday after some debate.

Sports

Jorn to retire as Arkansas pitching coach

FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas pitching coach Dave Jorn announced his retirement Monday, just two days after the Diamond Hogs concluded their worst season in the last 15 years.

Opinion

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.

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