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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 Pope Co. judge, sheriff

Election results for Pope 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.


  • Jim Ed Gibson (incumbent) runs upposed in the primary and general elections.


  • Aaron Duval (incumbent) runs unopposed in the primary and general elections.

Beebe appoints 25 to boards, commissions

Beebe appoints 25 to boards, commissions




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

Kathy Burl, North Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training.  Appointment expires January 14, 2015.


Bradford Caldwell, Wynne, reappointed to the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority.  Appointment expires January 14, 2016.


The Honorable Chris Claybaker, Camden, reappointed to the Arkansas Fire and Police Pension Review Board.  Appointment expires January 1, 2016.


Dr. Richard Cohoon, Russellville, reappointed to the Arkansas Geological Commission.  Appointment expires January 14, 2019.


2 Democrats make congressional bids official

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Two Democrats have made their bids for Republican-held congressional seats official as the filing period for state and federal office continues.

Democratic congressional hopefuls Ken Aden and Clark Hall on Monday filed paperwork to run for a pair of congressional seats. Aden is seeking the 3rd congressional district seat held by U.S. Rep. Steve Womack and Hall is seeking the 1st congressional district seat held by U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford.

Hall, a state representative, is one of two Democrats who have announced a bid to challenge Crawford's re-election bid. Arkansas State University economist Gary Latanich has also said he'll seek the Democratic nomination.

Aden is the only Democrat expected to file for Womack's seat.

The one-week filing period ends Thursday.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Judges to oppose natural gas tax increase

Judges to oppose natural gas tax increase

LITTLE ROCK - At its Winter Conference Friday, the County Judges’ Association of Arkansas unanimously passed a resolution to oppose the ballot initiative underway to raise the state’s severance tax on natural gas.

“We’ve seen firsthand the positive impact natural gas production has had on our counties, our communities, and on the lives of our citizens,” said Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin, president of the association.  “The industry has helped us weather the economic storm and has brought thousands of jobs to our state – jobs our folks have come to count on, and passing a tax increase would put all that in jeopardy.” 

Chamber opposes tax with road trip

Chamber opposes tax with road trip

Conway Chamber to go on 250 mile Economic Development Road Trip Opposing Severance Tax Increase

What:   Conway Area Chamber Leadership, Mayor Tab Townsell and Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin will visit six Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development organizations throughout Arkansas gathering resolutions opposing the proposed increase to the severance tax on natural gas.

When: Wednesday, February 1 – 6:00 a - 6:00 p

Where: Stops included: Conway, Searcy, Clinton, Damascus, Morrilton, Russellville, Fort Smith

Who:     -      Mayor Tab Townsell, City of Conway

Ark. ed chief: Don't back away from school funding

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The state's top education official says he would view any cuts to Arkansas' public schools budget as a slide from the commitment the state has made in the wake of lawsuits over how it funds its classrooms.

Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell on Thursday praised the Legislature for the improvements it's made over the years to the state's public schools and said that any decreases would back away from that commitment. Kimbrell spoke to the Joint Budget Committee as it reviewed Gov. Mike Beebe's proposed schools budget.

Beebe has proposed increasing the public school budget by $56 million to nearly $2 billion. It makes up nearly half of Beebe's proposed $4.7 billion budget for the coming year. Lawmakers convene at the Capitol for the fiscal session Feb. 13.

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