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Governor, Rx-'pot' advocate differ on allotting licenses

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:00:34 GMT

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has a suggestion for how a newly formed commission should decide who grows and sells marijuana for medical purposes. At a news conference this week, the governor said he prefers a lottery system to distribute state licenses.

New attorney appointed in capital murder case

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 09:04:43 GMT

Gardner, 56, is currently being held without bond in the Arkansas Department of Corrections for a parole violation. He was arrested March 7 in Hot Springs in connection to Susan "Heather" Stubbs' death after she was found lying facedown in a hotel room at the Days Inn in Conway.

Arkansas Advocates pushes legislature for pre-k funding

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:44:41 GMT

Talk Business reports on a meeting in Jonesboro yesterday held by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families aiming to galvanize support for more pre-k funding in the upcoming legislative session. Arkansas Advocates and other groups are asking the legislature to increase annual pre-k funding by $16 million.

'Little House' in a Big, Bad World

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:33:48 GMT

Herbert Hoover is president and the Great Depression's in full swing, with unemployment at a staggering 33 percent. The Dow Jones nosedives to 41.22.

Life expectancy dips in U.S. in '15 for first time since '93

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:27:36 GMT

A person born last year in the United States is expected to die at an earlier age than someone born in 2014, according to a report published Thursday that marks the first time in 22 years that U.S. life expectancy has declined. Life expectancy at birth was 78.8 years for the total U.S. population last year, down about 36 days from the 78.9-year life expectancy in 2014, the federal National Center for Health Statistics said in its annual mortality report.

Adventure Arkansas: Ozark Climbing Gym

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:33:17 GMT

Some of the trickiest outdoor climbing routes are in our backyard in Arkansas. Sean Bailey takes us to place to practice your technique at an indoor climbing gym in Springdale in this week's Adventure Arkansas.

Bill Filed In Arkansas That Would Ban Students From Using Their Digital Devices At Public Schools

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:29:20 GMT

An Arkansas lawmaker filed a bill Wednesday that would ban students from using their smartphones and other devices at all public schools in the state. Republican Representative Kim Hendren said it would be up to each school in the district to enforce the policy by collecting smartphones at the beginning of the day and returning them when school lets out.

Governor proclaims tomorrow 'Arkansas Anti-Corruption Day'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:05:46 GMT

You should always be ethical, but you should especially be ethical tomorrow. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed Friday, December 9 as Arkansas Anti-Corruption Day.

Continue reading Arkansas, this is nacho cheese

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:05:45 GMT

It is inconceivable that Arkansas cheese dip could beat Texas queso in a blind taste test anywhere, even in Washington, D.C. And yet, news reports say it is so. After the state of Arkansas boasted a wild claim about offering the best cheese dip in the land, our Texas senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, boldly challenged them to not only spell it right but to a showdown.

Ark. Supreme Court Overturns Decision Allowing Same-Sex Parents To Be Listed On Birth Certificates

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:05:44 GMT

On Thursday the Arkansas Supreme Court reversed a judges' decision that same-sex parents could have both parents listed on the birth certificate . The divided supreme court dissented with Pulaski County Circuit Judge Timothy Davis' ruling that keeping same-sex couples from having both parents' names on children's birth certificates is depriving them of their constitutional rights.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announces creation of 'Arkansas Future Grant' for community and technical college

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:50:10 GMT

Gov. Asa Hutchinson today announced the creation of a grant to provide Arkansas students two years of tuition and fees at an Arkansas community or technical college. The grants would be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to any student enrolling in areas of high demand, such as computer science or welding.

Sex Trafficking In Arkansas Continues To Be A Concern

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:34:54 GMT

It's difficult to imagine an underworld of criminals operating sex trafficking rings right here in Northwest Arkansas. The average American tends to associate sex trafficking with underdeveloped, foreign countries very much like what's depicted in the movie "Taken."

Arkansas political leaders name 5 to pot panel they opposed

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:34:53 GMT

Arkansas political leaders on Wednesday named five people to the state Medical Marijuana Commission, setting up a panel that will adopt policies and regulations that each of the elected officials opposed when ballot issues were considered at the polls last month. "We were rather vocal in our opposition to the amendment, but the people spoke and it is our responsibility to take the steps necessary to implement in a fair and responsible way the amendment that was passed by the people of Arkansas," Gov. Asa Hutchinson said.

Highway department opens bids on central Arkansas projects

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:00:59 GMT

The state highway department has opened bids on five major projects in central Arkansas, including plans to widen a dangerous stretch of U.S. 70 near Hot Springs. The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department opened bids Wednesday on the projects, worth a combined $244 million.

El Dorado native Johnson to share music, photo talents

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:39:36 GMT

Guitarist Richard Leo Johnson will perform at 8 p.m. Friday in the Central Arkansas Library System's Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock as part of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' Arkansas Sounds music series. Admission is free.

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin selected as Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:16:03 GMT

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin sent out an announcement this morning trumpeting his selection as a Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow. The nonpartisan program, part of the Hunt Institute, gathers various state leaders to discuss education policy.

Family gives $1 million to Arkansas Children's Northwest hospital project

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:03:44 GMT

Developer and philanthropist Fadil Bayyari and his children are among the major donors to the Arkansas Children's Northwest hospital under construction, the hospital's foundation said Wednesday. Bayyari and his three children gave $1 million toward the project, which is set to open near Arvest Ballpark by early 2018, according to a release from the foundation.