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Animal farm bills advance at state Capitol

The Arkansas House and Senate on Wednesday approved their versions of bills that would ensure limitations on what the public can say and when on existing state animal-farm permits.

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Hog-farm permit bill moves to full Arkansas House

Measure restricts public comments

An Arkansas House committee approved with no dissent Tuesday a bill that would ensure limitations to what the public can comment on regarding state animal-farm permits that have already been issued.

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State panel advances bill that would limit public comment on hog farm permits

The Arkansas House Public Health, Welfare and Labor committee approved with no dissent Tuesday morning a bill that would ensure limitations to what the public can comment on regarding hog farm permits that have already been issued.

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Arkansas lawmakers to start special session today

Legislators plan to finish in three days

The Arkansas General Assembly will convene this morning for a special session on a number of issues, including regulating pharmacy benefit managers, expanding a state tax break to use college savings plans for kindergarten-12th grade expenses and changing the open-container law to avoid losing $12 million in federal highway funds.

Judge stays part of EPA plan on coal-plant emissions

An 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge on Wednesday stayed the most contentious portion of a federal air rule affecting coal plants in Arkansas.

U.S. water, air laws allow for suits; uncertainty prevails after justices’ state-immunity ruling

The federal Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act require states to allow people to take them to court over permitting decisions related to those acts, but attorneys and officials in Arkansas are divided over what that means for the state in light of a recent Arkansas Supreme Court decision.

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County cleanups' supplies pledged

Ruling favors intervenors in hog-farm permit case

The parties intervening in C&H Hog Farms' appeal of its permit denial to operate within the Buffalo National River watershed are not limited to participating only on issues they raised during the public comment period, an administrative law judge has ruled.

At least 3 issues make deadline for special Arkansas legislative session

ATVs, alcohol, Rx recompense get by

Lawmakers on Monday finished drawing up bills they hope to have considered during an expected in-and-out special session to be held later this spring.

Push afoot to get word out on better recycling

Plastic bags, cords, food on no-no list

Advertisements, a website and -- if a person does wrong -- a reminder note of what can and cannot be recycled are coming soon to most Pulaski County recyclers.