News

Legislative leaders unveil proposed budget

LITTLE ROCK — Legislative leaders on Friday unveiled a nearly $5.2 billion budget plan that is similar to the proposed budget Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveiled in January, but with money carved out for a capital gains tax cut and a rainy day fund.

Senate approves ‘religious freedom’ bill

LITTLE ROCK — The Republican-controlled Arkansas Senate voted Friday to approve a bill that supporters say will protect religious freedoms and opponents say will protect discrimination.

Little Rock businessman urges aid to Africa

WASHINGTON — A high-powered panel of witnesses that included Little Rock businessman Scott Ford urged the Senate Thursday to reject a proposal that would have cut in half U.S. foreign aid that is improving the health and well-being for Africa’s poorest people. The Senate obliged.

Group says religious-belief bill anti-business

LITTLE ROCK — An advocacy group on Thursday called on state lawmakers and Gov. Asa Hutchinson to reject a bill it said would send a message to businesses that Arkansas is an intolerant, unwelcoming place to do business.

Sports

Arkansas Wins Wild One Against Ole Miss

FAYETTEVILLE – Dominic Taccolini and Zach Jackson alternated between extraordinary and erratic Thursday. It was an appropriate microcosm of the Arkansas baseball season to that point.

Hogs Fall In Dance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A season established on classic principles saw the return of classic results. Mike Anderson’s “Fastest 40” provided the best Arkansas campaign in seven years.

Qualls, Razorbacks Ready For Carolina

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Michael Qualls grows weary of the questions. He’s the best quote on the Arkansas basketball team and its second best player. Lately, he’s even been first-best. It’s not that he’d rather his game to do the talking. He’d simply prefer avoiding the canned queries.

Opinion

PATE: From ashes to prosperity

In 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius near modern Naples, Italy, erupted, burying the city of Pompeii in a thick blanket of volcanic ash. As one witness to the calamity wrote, the dust “poured across the land” like a flood. Nearly two thousand people died; and the city was abandoned for the next 1,700 years.

PATE: Now Serving Student Number Six

Recently, I attended a meeting where an administrator from a small public university treated the audience to a review of his institution’s new “brand identity campaign.” There’s a lot I don’t like about the current direction of higher education in America. This is the thing I despise the most.

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