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City: Cabot residents support $40K in bonds

City: Cabot residents support $40K in bonds

From Eddie Cook with the City of Cabot:

Tuesday, April 9, the City of Cabot voters overwhelming supported a current sales and use tax bond refunding and $40 million dollars in new bond improvements to expand community facilities. The seven issues were passed with an average support of 70%. The projects included a new Parks & Recreation sports and water complex upgrade and expansion, a Library expansion, a Community Center expansion, a new North Terminal Interchange on US 67/167 between the cities of Cabot and Austin, a city wide wastewater collection system upgrades, and a community drainage project.

EDITORIAL: Proposed bills would create layer of secrecy

EDITORIAL: Proposed bills would create layer of secrecy

By Tom Larimer

A series of bills was filed in the Arkansas legislature that have the potential to create a layer of government secrecy the likes of which we have not seen since the Freedom of Information Act became law in the mid-1960s.

The bills, filed by Rep. Kim Hammer (R-Benton) would remove publication of public notices from Arkansas newspapers and allow them to be “published” on a government web site operated by the Secretary of State. Proponents of the bill suggest this would result in considerable saving to state government.

Governor Beebe discusses White House visit

Governor Beebe discusses White House visit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Governor Beebe will be discussing his recent meeting with President Obama regarding the fiscal cliff Wednesday, December 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Governor's Conference Room in the State Capitol. Beebe was invited to meet with the President as a member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee.

AETN to host four debates in ‘Election 2012’

AETN to host four debates in ‘Election 2012’

Democrat, Green, Independent, Republican candidates to participate in debates

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — Candidates in four races have agreed to participate in “Election 2012: The Debates,” which will tape and air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Oct. 23-25.

All debates will be held at the AETN studios, 350 South Donaghey Avenue, on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Seating is limited, and seats may be reserved by calling 800-662-2386. Doors will open one hour prior to taping times.

Debates, which will air on the same day they are taped, include:

Election results for Lonoke Co. judge, sheriff

Election results for Lonoke Co. judge, sheriff

Today's THV will be giving you complete coverage of the election on THV2 and THV2.com. For more news on politics, including the latest in the presidential race, visit our Campaign 2012 section on todaysthv.com.

LONOKE COUNTY JUDGE STANDINGS

  • Doug Erwin (incumbent) runs upposed in the primary and general elections.

LONOKE COUNTY SHERIFF STANDINGS

  • Gerald Robinson (D-incumbent) runs unopposed in the primary.
  • Roger McLemore (R) will challenge Robinson in the general election.

Governor appoints 32 to boards, commissions

Governor appoints 32 to boards, commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Billy "Scott" Berna, Fayetteville, to the Burial Association Board.  Appointment expires December 31, 2016.  Replaces Donald Martin.

Steve Case, Batesville, reappointed to the Boiler Advisory Board.  Appointment expires January 14, 2016.

John Chambers III, Danville, reappointed to the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees.  Appointment expires January 14, 2016.

Robert Coon, Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas Service Commission.  Appointment expires January 14, 2015.

Fred Fowlkes, Vilonia, to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission.  Appointment expires January 14, 2019.  Replaces Alec Farmer.

Georgette Garner, Eureka Springs, reappointed to the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission.  Appointment expires January 14, 2018.

Prosecutor joins congressional race in east Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A prosecutor who helped negotiate the deal that freed the men known as the West Memphis Three has joined the Democratic race for an east Arkansas congressional seat.

Prosecutor Scott Ellington filed paperwork Thursday to run for the party's nomination for the 1st Congressional District. Ellington made his bid official shortly before the noon deadline for candidates to file.

Ellington is the third Democrat running to challenge Republican Congressman Rick Crawford. State Rep. Clark Hall and Arkansas State University economist Gary Latanich have also filed for the seat.

Ellington says he believes he's the Democrat who can defeat Crawford in November.

As prosecutor, Ellington agreed to a deal that allowed the West Memphis Three to plead guilty to the murder of three Cub Scouts while still maintaining their innocence.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)