Saying votes have “consequences,” Sen. Mark Pryor stood by a controversial ad tying the vote of his Republican opponent, Cong. Tom Cotton, to the Ebola outbreak that has created a world health scare.
Pryor’s ad, which you can view below, contends Cotton voted against the “Pandemic And All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act,” which authorized spending for disease outbreaks and potential health threats such as anthrax attacks.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $100,000 to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality on Wednesday for the agency’s ongoing water quality management planning.
EPA officials said the funds will be used to conduct analysis of chemical samples of rivers, streams and lakes in Arkansas. The federal Clean Water Act allows EPA to issue states funding for regional water quality management planning projects.
Lawrence County’s jail is to be shut down next month. The Sun newspaper reports members of the Arkansas Jail Standards Committee went to the jail yesterday and was about to order the immediate shut down of the facility. After meeting with those officials, Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman stated the county was given until September 17th to work on some of the many issues the jail has. Freeman says the jail is expected to close soon because it has failed inspections over the last ten years.
The state’s economic development community concluded two days of workshops hearing from leaders who called for a workforce overhaul and potential changes to Amendment 82, the state’s superproject amendment.
Grant Tennille, director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, delivered his state of the state’s economy address to the Arkansas Economic Developers, a group of chamber leaders, professional economic developers, and site selection consultants on Tuesday at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel.
Next football season, Arkansas State University will kick off their home stand by hosting the University of Missouri in Jonesboro. After contemplating undisclosed offers to move the game to St. Louis, Arkansas State University Athletic Director Terry Mohajir made the announcement during a press conference yesterday at Centennial Bank Stadium.
Howl, Chairman of Centennial Bank Johnny Allison, Arkansas State University Athletic Director Terry Mohajir, Arkansas State University Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson, and Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch.
The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Tuesday the single largest personal gift commitment in its history, a $5 million contribution by the Johnny Allison family that will be used in conjunction with A-State’s “Centennial Expansion” project.
The Arkansas Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has concluded that unaccompanied children who have arrived in the state from Central America pose little risk of spreading infectious diseases to the public. There are no U.S. Health and Human Services’ shelters housing unaccompanied children in Arkansas, but children have been placed with family members or sponsors in the state.
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) reminds drivers to visit IDriveArkansas.com before traveling over the Labor Day weekend. Extensive highway improvements continue in the state. With those improvements come work zones. To aid in your holiday travel, AHTD has been working hard to open as manylanes as possible. Still, travelers will likely face work zones and possible delays due to increased traffic volume.Drivers are urged to plan ahead by visiting IDriveArkansas.com for the latest travelinformation.
Clean up in Hoxie continues after a deadly train collision Sunday morning that killed two railroad workers and injured two more workers. Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate what caused the accident while highway crews are working on cleaning up the accident site. Federal investigators tell the Associated Press they are looking at a signal to see if it gave any final instruction to a southbound train to see whether it was signaled to slow down to stop. Two Union Pacific freight trains collided head on around three Sunday morning. U-S Highway 67
An 18-year-old freshman at Arkansas State University is in the intensive care unit at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis after an accident occurred Tuesday night at a fraternity house. University police tell the Sun newspaper Natalie Eaton of Harrisburg was badly hurt when a piece of a broken golf club pierced her neck. Her condition is not known. Officials say a 19 year old male student threw a football to another person who tried to hit the football with the golf club. The club’s shaft reportedly broke and pierced Eaton. A second student was hurt in the incident, but pol
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is praising the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate for what he calls a plan that will provide Arkansas with lower taxes and better educational opportunities. Speaking to reporters before a fundraiser in Jonesboro, Romney told why he was endorsing Asa Hutchinson.
Arkansas students had higher scores on the ACT college entrance exam, but those numbers are still not as high as the national average. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the composite score that Arkansas students averaged was 20.4. That score is 0.2 percent higher from last year’s mark. Officials say the national average composite score was 21. The ACT tests students in four subjects: English, math, reading, and science. The highest score on the ACT is a 36. The number of students who took the test in Arkansas was about 26,800; an increase of almost 950 students.
Justices from the Lawrence County Quorum Court unanimously voted to approve an application to lure a state maximum security prison. Last week’s 5-4 decision to shoot down the proposal drew the ire of many constituents, who wanted the economic benefits associated with bringing in the $100 million jail. Those benefits were expressed during last night’s special meeting in Walnut Ridge. The Sun Newspaper reports those who spoke in favor of the jail included Former Arkansas Department of Correction Chief Deputy Director G.
AARP Arkansas today released a poll showing that 50+ likely voters overwhelmingly support shifting additional federal long-term care funding from nursing homes to home-based care, and where candidates stand on helping people live independently will play an important role in voting decisions.
After a relatively cool summer, more August-like temperatures are taking hold across the region. For at least the next week, heat advisories are expected to be in effect with no chances of rain. John Moore III is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Memphis.
The Jonesboro City Council heard the first reading of a plan to rezone 201 acres of land at Hilltop for residential and commercial use. On August 12th, The Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a request to rezone the land from R-1 single family to C-3 general commercial district.
Plains and Eastern Clean Line LLC has obtained regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to sell transmission service to customers at negotiated rates and to negotiate bilateral agreements for 100% of the line’s capacity.
The project, often referred to as Clean Line, is an electric transmission line project that will deliver up to 3,500 megawatts (MW) of wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to communities in Arkansas, Tennessee and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast.