LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The head of the Arkansas Department of Human Services is stepping down next month after more than six years of running the agency, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday.
Hutchinson announced the resignation of Secretary Cindy Gillespie, who he named to run the department in 2016.
The shooting last May that killed 19 children and two teachers inside an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, led to pledges by governors in several states to make classrooms safer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre; Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Mike Rounds, R-S.D.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday approved a $500 million tax cut package and adjourned a special session without taking up teacher raises, abortion ban exceptions or other issues Democrats had hoped to add to the agenda.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday approved a $500 million tax cut package over objections from Democrats who questioned its potential impact on the state's COVID-19 funds and called for action on teacher raises.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers advanced tax cuts and a school safety grant program on Tuesday as they began a special session spurred by the state's $1.6 billion surplus.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are meeting this week for a special session on tax cuts and school safety grants that's been spurred by the state sitting on a $1.6 billion surplus.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gubernatorial hopeful Chris Jones on Tuesday called for increasing Arkansas teacher salaries, following a push by fellow Democrats to put teacher pay raises on the agenda for a legislative session next month.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey took over as the leader of the nation's nonpartisan governors' association on Friday in a time of deep divide between the states over issues such as abortion and gun control.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas ended its fiscal year with a record $1.6 billion budget surplus, state finance officials said Tuesday as Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that he would convene a special legislative session next month to take up tax relief proposals.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Gov. Kristi Noem, R-S.D.; Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark.; Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Gov. Ned Lamont, D-Conn.; Mark Oliva, director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The leaders of the National Governors Association said Friday they're forming a bipartisan working group to come up with recommendations to stop mass shootings following the Texas school massacre.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; former Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake; Tony Monalto, president of Stand with Parkland.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha; retired Adm. Mike Mullen, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chair.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday named an interim secretary of health and a new director of the state Health Department.
Hutchinson named Renee Mallory as interim secretary, replacing outgoing Secretary Dr.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has accumulated a nearly $1 billion budget surplus for the fiscal year more quickly than expected, state finance officials said Tuesday.
The Department of Finance and Administration said the state's net available revenue for the fiscal year, which began July 1, totals $6.1 billion.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday he is weighing a presidential run in 2024 and his decision won't be affected by whether former President Donald Trump decides to join the race.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova; Samantha Power, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Friday that he was considering calling a special session of the Arkansas Legislature later this year after finance officials said they expected the state's surplus to hit $1 billion by the end of the year.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday said he was refusing most of $146 million in federal pandemic rental assistance the state was to receive, citing the state's low unemployment rate and economic climate.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero, who has led the state's response to COVID-19 for most of the coronavirus pandemic, announced Tuesday that he is resigning to take a job with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson proposed on Tuesday a $1 million expansion of a program that supervises high-risk parolees.
Hutchinson called for adding 10 officers to the intensive supervision program, which monitors high-risk offenders on parole who have a history of violence or gang affiliation.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law legislation Tuesday giving one-time payments to law enforcement officers and raising state troopers' pay as lawmakers wrapped up this year's session.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers gave initial approval Monday to a $6 billion state budget for the coming year, moving closer toward wrapping up this year's session.
The majority-Republican House and Senate approved identical versions of the proposed Revenue Stabilization law, which prioritizes state spending based on expected revenue.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers approved setting aside in $1 million in state funds Thursday for private pregnancy resource centers that discourage pregnant women from getting an abortion.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers gave initial approval Wednesday to a plan to give a one-time, $5,000 payment to law enforcement officers around the state.
The Senate voted 33-0 in favor of legislation setting aside $50 million for the payments, which Republican Gov.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told agencies to review whether the state has any business contracts with Russia as he condemned its war with Ukraine.
Hutchinson on Monday night announced he had sent a letter to his 15 Cabinet secretaries calling for a review of the state's departments to see if any contracts or agreements exist between Arkansas, Russia or other Russian entities.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Thursday that thousands of state employees would receive a 2% cost-of-living wage and salary adjustment, citing inflationary pressures as a reason for granting the pay raise.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday dropped a ban on the public using cellular devices to record and livestream its sessions from the gallery and created a process to credential media organizations covering the chamber.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' majority-Republican Senate rejected a push Tuesday for an abortion ban modeled after Texas' restrictive law, with abortion opponents divided about emulating their neighbor's approach as they await a key ruling from the U.S.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday called for tapping into the state's surplus to give local law enforcement a one-time $5,000 payment and new equipment, as the Republican delivered his final state of the state address.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is delivering his last state of state address to lawmakers and kicking off what may be his last legislative session with the state sitting on a more than a $1 billion surplus and the latest surge in COVID-19 cases subsiding.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas prison officials on Friday said they were lifting movement restrictions imposed on their facilities and will allow in-person visitation to resume next month as a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state continued to ease.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson called Thursday for tapping into the state's surplus to pay for adding nearly 500 beds to the state prison system.
Hutchinson said $60 million to $100 million would be needed for the 498-bed expansion of the state's North Central Unit in Calico Rock, 95 miles (153 kilometers) north of Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas built up a surplus of more than $240 million so far this year as the state's revenue beat expectations last month, the state's finance office said Wednesday.
The Department of Finance and Administration said the state's net available revenue so far this fiscal year is more than $4.1 billion, which was $240.8 million above forecast and $275 million higher than a year ago.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has reported that outside groups paid for more than $32,000 of his travel expenses outside the state last year.
Hutchinson reported the trips on his annual statement of financial interest filed last week.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Susan Collins, R-Maine; Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas reported on Saturday its biggest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since the pandemic began in 2020.
The increase in hospitalizations comes as the state continues to feel the surge of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders raised $1.6 million in the final three months of last year in her bid for Arkansas governor, her campaign said Tuesday.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that a $3 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas could help the state lure the auto industry to the state.
Hutchinson and state Commerce Secretary Mike Preston hailed the mill that the United States Steel Corp.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday proposed a $6 billion budget for the coming fiscal year that includes increases for public schools. services for the developmentally disabled and higher starting salaries for state troopers.
EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) — Conservative Republican state Sen. Trent Garner of El Dorado will not seek re-election.
“It is time for me to serve the people of south Arkansas in a different role,” Garner said in a statement on Twitter.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Secretary of State Antony Blinken; Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D.; Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot; Rep.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge says he won't recuse himself from hearing a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' new state House maps, rejecting complaints from groups who cited his connections to the state's Republican attorney general and governor.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor on Tuesday deployed National Guard members to help with hospitals' COVID-19 testing sites as the state's coronavirus cases continued to spike.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he's authorized 50 Guard members to assist at hospitals around the state, in addition to 10 that were deployed Monday at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Groups representing Arkansas' pediatricians and teachers called for more school districts to require face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus Monday, as the state's virus cases and hospitalizations continued to grow.
WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Eric Adams, mayor-elect of New York City; Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said the state recorded its highest one-day count of confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began Thursday amid an omicron-fueled surge in the virus across the country.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge on Wednesday struck down a state law that prevents schools and other governmental entities from requiring face masks.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox had already temporarily blocked the law in August.