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Gov. Asa Hutchinson, right, speaks at a news conference Wednesday on the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act as Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, looks on. Hutchinson said he wants lawmakers to make changes to the controversial bill, which reached his desk Tuesday. (Dale Ellis photo)

Hutchinson says he wants changes to ‘religious freedom’ bill

Apr 01, 2015 1:51pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday he wants the state Legislature to make changes to a controversial bill on legal protection for religious beliefs.

Hutchinson spoke to reporters in a news...

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Nate Strauch | Crime and punishment

Oct 01, 2014 11:15am

When we’ve been bad little boys and naughty little girls — or rather, when we’ve been caught being bad or naughty — the government has two main ways it likes to get even: it takes our money or it...

Editorial | You Have To Vote To Win

Oct 01, 2014 11:13am

Many of us are growing weary of election season, as political ads take over the TV and radio airwaves and “who are you voting for” debates dominate coffeeshop conversations.

We are tired of...

Rachel Rodemann • Times Record Governor Mike Beebe, right, chats with Sebastian Cunty Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at the U.S. Marshals Museum Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Ground broken for U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith

Sep 24, 2014 5:18pm

FORT SMITH — A ceremony to break ground on the estimated $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum was held Wednesday along the Arkansas River in Fort Smith, an event attracting a boisterous crowd of more...

Nate Strauch | You’ve been U2ed

Sep 24, 2014 1:30pm

I don’t know if most people like the band U2, but suffice to say that many people do. They’ve sold more than 150 million records, and Bono’s mom couldn’t have bought more than, like, a few hundred...

Sherman Frederick | For the love of a good dog

Sep 24, 2014 1:31pm

I’ve always liked the saying that goes: “Lord, help me be the person my dog thinks I am.”

It’s a lofty thought, isn’t it? For no matter how ordinary our day may have been, and regardless of...

Ken Bridges | How Le Petit Roche became Little Rock

Sep 22, 2014 5:55pm

On March 2, 1819, the Arkansas Territory was created, with the capital at the small outpost at Arkansas Post. Arkansas Post was the first European city founded in what would become Arkansas, but...

Ralph Shaffer | Death on the Back Nine

Sep 17, 2014 1:25pm

The golf analogy - describing aging as the back nine of life - has become an obsession with Internet writers and my email companions who finally realize they are getting old. I’ve seen the same...

Sherman Frederick | Get to work, Mr. President

Sep 17, 2014 1:23pm

With apologies to the movie “Forrest Gump,” presidents are like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re going to get.

Sometimes you get a president who exceeds expectations, and...

Dr. Ken Bridges | Albert Pike cast long shadow over Arkansas

Sep 16, 2014 10:13am

He was a Massachusetts man, but he fell in love with Arkansas. In the process, Albert Pike, the largely self-educated lawyer, writer, general, and adventurer became early Arkansas’ most outspoken...

Steve Barnes | Minimum wage and remembering a faithful staff member

Sep 16, 2014 8:49am

Advocates of a higher state minimum wage got it done, submitting valid petition signatures that, according to the secretary of state, were about half again the threshold number (approximately 60,...