Attempt to merge CRTI with EACC fails in committees

The legislation that would have merged Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute with East Arkansas Community College failed to make it out of the committee stage in both the House and the Senate on Thursday. Despite optimism expressed by the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Ronald Caldwell, and the governor’s spokesman J.R. Davis, the measure died before it could be brought to the floor for a vote.

Davis says Governor has votes on merger

Gov. Asa Hutchinson expects to have the votes necessary to force a merger between Crowley’s Ridge Technical Institute and East Arkansas Community College as the state legislature convened for a special session that began today. According to Hutchinson’s spokesman J.R. Davis, if approved, the merger would take place as early as this summer.

Lone ‘no’ vote kills jail proposal

A motion calling for a special called election in August to request the passage of a one-cent tax to cover the cost of a new jail facility failed during Tuesday night’s meeting of the St. Francis County Quorum Court.