Author - Curtis Lanning

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City Councils vs. Board of Directors

How do Cities with Board of Directors Differ from Those with City Councils? by Curtis Lanning   (NWA Politics) — Most cities in Arkansas operate with a city council and mayor as their form of government, but a handful instead have a board of directors and city administrator/manager, and they...

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Texarkana: When Two Towns Beat as One

by Curtis Lanning  When most people think about border towns, their minds probably go to Kansas City. But Arkansas and Texas share an important one, too. Texarkana, Arkansas and Texarkana, Texas have about 70,000 people when combined, and some do all they can to ignore any boundaries between the...

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Why Are Arkansas Judges Elected?

by Curtis Lanning (NWA Politics) — Arkansas is one of 15 states where judges are selected via non-partisan election, but half of the country appoints their judges. Why doesn’t Arkansas? To answer that question and more, we turned to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office. Why Are Arkansas...

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Helena-West Helena

A Time-Tested Town That’s Still Open for Business by Curtis Lanning A shrinking population has led to some growing problems for Helena-West Helena, but the town is still open for business, officials say. In 2000, Helena had a population of around 15,000, but that has since whittled down to about...

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Second Recount Requested in District 90 House Race

by Curtis Lanning (NWA Politics) — After a voluntary recount increased the lead of Rep. Jana Della Rosa, R-Rogers, by one vote, her opponent, Kendon Underwood, has requested a second recount. Tuesday night saw two extremely close races in Benton County, both Arkansas House seats. Della Rosa’s...

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Siloam Springs: Growing Wisely

by Curtis Lanning SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. — Northwest Arkansas is enjoying a healthy economy, but that growth isn’t limited to the Interstate 49 corridor; it also includes the town of Siloam Springs. Siloam Springs City Administrator Phillip Patterson said the town is in a “very good...