EPA rolls out new volume mandate for ethanol

LITTLE ROCK — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday issued new Renewable Fuel Standard mandates, including a requirement that 14.5 billion gallons of corn ethanol be blended into the nation’s fuel supply in 2016.

Workplace injuries go down; fatalities up

Although the number of workplace injuries in Arkansas dropped over 16 percent in 2014, the number of workplace fatalities increased slightly with transportation-related jobs continuing to be the riskiest profession.

Health Care Task Force told savings of $700 million possible

LITTLE ROCK – With a December deadline looming to recommend changes to the Arkansas Private Option, which uses federal dollars to provide insurance coverage to low-income Arkansans through private insurers, the Arkansas Health Care Reform Task Force met at the State Capital on Tuesday to review some options for those changes.

French Hill: Congressional cooperation rising in current session

LITTLE ROCK — With Congress recessed for the holidays, Republican 2nd District Congressman French Hill spoke to the Little Rock Political Animals Club Tuesday, addressing issues ranging from the Syrian refugee situation to new House Speaker Paul Ryan to increasing bipartisan cooperation in the House, which he said is beginning to ease the gridlock that plagued lawmakers for several years.



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.