Asa Hutchinson signing bills
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

All bills passed during the 2019 session of the Arkansas General Assembly have been signed into law. Gov. Asa Hutchinson did not veto any bills this year. He signed the final pieces of legislation Wednesday afternoon alongside several lawmakers.

A formal adjournment is set to take place next Wednesday when lawmakers return to the Capitol for Sine Die. In some previous years, that has been when senators and representatives have had to consider whether to attempt to override gubernatorial vetoes, something that won’t be necessary this time.

Sig Sauer

Ammunitions manufacturer SIG Sauer cut the ribbon on its expanded Jacksonville, Ark. facility on Tuesday. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, U.S. Rep. French Hill, R-Little Rock, and local government and economic development officials participated in the ceremony for the state-of-the-art facility.

Financial terms of the expansion were not disclosed.

Leslie Rutledge
Governor's Office / You Tube

When Arkansas voters go to the polls in 2020, they’ll decide whether to approve an amendment to the state constitution that would make major changes to the process of getting measures placed on the ballot.

Among other changes, the amendment changes filing deadlines and eliminates a 30-day "cure period" where more signatures can be collected.

A book looks at the murder of an Arkansas woman and the impact such a horrific incident had on family members of the victim. Genie Massey wrote about the death of her aunt Tresia Jester who was shot late one night on March 21, 1992 in Pine Bluff.

The number of people served by the state’s Arkansas Works program increased by 4,215 from March 1 to April 1.

The state’s Department of Human Services reported Monday that the population April 1 was 240,177, compared to 235,962 on March 1. The difference represents a 1.8% increase from the March 1 total.

The April 1 total was the highest beginning-of-the-month total this year. On Jan. 1, it was 234,400.

Sarah Kellogg / KUAR News

Little Rock officially has a new police chief. Keith Humphrey gave his oath of office on Monday at Little Rock City Hall. Humphrey was one of four finalists for the position after former Chief Kenton Buckner left to become the chief of police in Syracuse. Each finalist held a public forum where they gave a presentation and took questions from the audience. Mayor Frank Scott Jr. announced his decision to hire Humphrey in March.

At Monday’s ceremony, Scott called Humphrey a “man of integrity” and that Humphrey will help strengthen the department’s connection to the public.

The annual Fair Housing/ Fair Lending Conference kicks off Tuesday with a movie screening of 13th  followed by a panel discussion at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock. Speakers from the local state and national level are scheduled to speak at the conference.

Ben Carson, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, will be the last keynote speaker on Friday.  Carol Johnson, executive director of the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission which hosts the event, says she's excited to hear what he decides to speak about. 

A new documentary film called “State of the Art” will make its Little Rock premier Saturday night with a free screening at the Ron Robinson Theater before being aired nationally on PBS. It was produced by AETN and Arkansas award-winning filmmakers Craig and Brent Renaud.

Asa Hutchinson Rosanne Cash Johnny Cash Daisy Bates
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Statues of singer Johnny Cash and civil rights leader Daisy Bates will eventually represent Arkansas in the U.S. Capitol. Gov. Asa Hutchinson was joined by members of the Cash family and the goddaughter of Bates for a bill signing ceremony Thursday at the state Capitol.

"This is an occasion that deserves a celebration about Arkansas history, about how we represent ourselves to the nation," Hutchinson said.

Jeremy Hutchinson
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, and a husband-and-wife executive team for one of the nation’s largest healthcare nonprofits were charged with 32 new counts in a public corruption scheme that involved embezzlement, bribes and illegal campaign contributions to elected officials in Arkansas and Missouri.

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