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5:05 am
Wed August 13, 2014

State Lawmakers against EPA's carbon emissions restrictions

(Courtesy of Sarah Whites-Koditschek, KUAR Public Radio.)

State lawmakers are opposing the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules to reduce CO2 emissions in Arkansas 44 percent by 2030. 

On Tuesday, the Arkansas Senate and House committees on Insurance and Commerce passed a resolution against the plan.

Duane Highley, President and CEO of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, told lawmakers the new regulations would mean replacing coal energy. He said that would lead to an increase electricity rates and could drive away industry. 

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4:57 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Greene County Sheriff has the keys to a new jail

The new Greene County Jail is now complete.  Greene County Sheriff Dan Langston received the keys to the new jail and is getting ready to move inmates into the new facility.  The Paragould Daily Press reports the authorities will start transferring inmates to the new jail next week, only allowing a few inmates at a time to go into the new facility.  Officers are doing final checks of the jail this week to make sure it is ready to house the inmates.  The new 75,000-square-foot jail will house about 500 inmates.  Proect Manager Dave Tierney says the jail is constructed in the shape of a wagon

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Johnny Cash
4:47 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Daughter of Johnny Cash to announce release of book

A celebration of Johnny Cash starts tomorrow with the announcement of the publication of a book.  Johnny Cash's youngest daughter, Tara Cash Schwoebel, will announce the publication of her book, "Recollections".  The event starts tomorrow at 2 p.m.

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4:36 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program releases publication on Arkansas architecture

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program now offers a publication outlining the development of architecture in Arkansas during the mid-twentieth century, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.

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7:25 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Lawsuit filed against Big River Steel

A federal lawsuit has been filed to block a new steel mill from opening in Osceola.  The Blytheville Courier News reports Nucor Steel filed a lawsuit in Jonesboro yesterday against Big River Steel.  In the suit, Nucor says Big River Steel violated the federal Clean Air Act.  Nucor says pollutants from Big River Steel would cause harm to the productivity of its workers.  Nucor operates two steel mills outside of Blytheville.  Big River Steel is planning a $1.3 billion steel mill south of Osceola.  Despite objections during Big River's approval process, an air quality permit for the mill was

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6:12 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Sales tax election in Jonesboro today

Jonesboro voters are going to the polls today to decide how a sales tax can be spent.  Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin says the issue is important because the results from the election will decide how quickly the city can pay off projects in the future.

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5:57 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Lawrence County will not house state prison

A sharply divided Lawrence County Quorum Court has decided not to apply for a new state prison near Walnut Ridge.  By a 5-4 vote, the Quorum Court shot down a proposal by County Judge Dale Freeman to seek an application for a proposed 100-million-dollar facility.  The Sun newspaper reports last night’s meeting included fierce debate over the issue.  Those who were for the prison say the facility would bring hundreds of new jobs to the region.  Freeman said the new prison would have helped bring an economic boom to the county and would have given   the county resources to attract big industr

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4:54 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Arkansas partners with national nonprofit group to bring high-speed broadband to schools

(Courtesy of Governor Mike Beebe's Office.)

Governor Mike Beebe has announced that the Arkansas Department of Education has partnered with EducationSuperHighway, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving Internet access in schools. Together, they have conducted the first phase of a comprehensive study of digital-learning readiness and K-12 broadband spending in Arkansas.

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4:51 am
Tue August 12, 2014

New Poll shows Pryor barely leads Cotton among seniors

(Courtesy of Jacob Kauffman, KUAR Public Radio.)

The AARP released poll results Monday showing Arkansans age 50 and older are experiencing a high level of anxiety about retirement issues, and in the race for the U.S. Senate, a slim margin of voters prefer Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor over Republican challenger Tom Cotton.

48 percent support Pryor while 43 percent support Cotton. The margin of error is 2.9 percent. 9 percent were undecided. The survey did not ask about Libertarian Nathan LaFrance or Green Mark Swaney.

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10:40 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Johnny Cash Music Festival Sold Out

(Courtesy of the Arkansas State University Office of University Communications.)

The fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival is officially sold out as of today, according to a joint announcement made by festival producer Bill Carter and Tim Dean, director of Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center.  The concert stars Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn and Bobby Bare, three Country Music Hall of Fame members, and is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Convocation Center on the campus of Arkansas State University.

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9:55 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Arkansas State Police to start driving campaign Friday

(Courtesy of the Arkansas State Police.)

For many Arkansans, the Labor Day holiday is an extended weekend that includes backyard cookouts and celebrations enjoyed with friends and family.  Unfortunately, the holiday is often marred with tragedy and death caused by drunk drivers traveling across state roads and highways.

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5:56 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Planners to view Hilltop development plans

The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission is to view plans for a mixed-use development on Hilltop in Jonesboro.  The 201-acre project is called Greensborough Village.  The Sun Newspaper reports the project would consist of single family, multifamily, commercial and institutional development.  The plan reportedly includes 200 single-family lots on the north and south sides of Greensboro road, as well as commercial development and multifamily housing.  Commercial development is expected to be located closer to East Johnson Avenue.  Jonesboro businessman Mickey Seeman will present plans tomorr

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5:13 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Senator Boozman takes Ag Tour this week

(Courtesy of Senator John  Boozman's Office.)

As he has each previous August since taking office, U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) will be hitting the road Monday to highlight the importance agriculture in Arkansas.

During the tour, Boozman will be meeting with producers, ranchers and more as he visits farms, production facilities and rural co-operatives. Boozman also be speaking at a farm bureau meeting and discussing agriculture with local officials in these counties.

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5:10 am
Mon August 11, 2014

New exhibit at Arkansas State University Museum

(Courtesy of the Arkansas State University Office of University Communications.)

In "Design Zone," visitors will discover how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers, and other creative problem solvers use math to invent exciting experiences.

What does it take to create an interactive and fun videogame?  How many beats per second does a DJ need to get bodies moving on the dance floor?  What goes into creating a roller coaster or a skate park that produces the most fun and biggest thrills?

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5:08 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Arkansas State University-Newport receives grant

(Courtesy of Arkansas State University-Newport.)

Arkansas State University-Newport announced Wednesday that the two-year college has received a grant in the amount of $40,000 from DENSO North America Foundation. 

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5:05 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Road closure this week near Mountain View

Improvements to Highway 87 will require a road closure northwest of Mountain View in Stone County, according to Arkansas Highway and Transportation (AHTD) officials. Crews will replace a damaged drain beneath Highway 87. The work area will be located between Hampton Drive and Wilcox Drive, northwest of Mountain View.

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1:44 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

New report shows the economic impact Arkansas State University has on the state

(Courtesy of Talk Business & Politics.)

A new study shows that Arkansas State University has an economic impact on the state of Arkansas of roughly $1.2 billion.

Recently issued by ASU-Jonesboro Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson, a study titled The Economic Impact of Arkansas State says ASU’s operations, employees, students and visitors generated an estimated $343 million in economic impact during fiscal 2013. The study was conducted by the school’s Delta Center for Economic Development using an economic impact assessment program called IMPLAN.

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8:17 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Almost 900 to receive degrees during Summer Commencement at Arkansas State University

(Courtesy of the Arkansas State University's Office of University Communications.)

Nearly 900 students representing 11 academic colleges are expected to receive degrees at Arkansas State University’s 2014 summer graduation, Friday, Aug. 8. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center, 217 Olympic Drive, in Jonesboro.

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8:14 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Arkansas AG gives warning to students about credit cards

(Courtesy of Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office.)

As the summer draws to a close, Arkansas college students prepare to manage expenses including tuition, textbooks and housing. For many students, signing up for a credit card may seem like a simple solution for making ends meet.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert today encouraging young consumers to practice caution when entering the credit market, and to remind Arkansans of laws in place to protect college campuses from predatory credit card solicitations. 

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Water Plan
6:42 am
Wed August 6, 2014

State Water Plan nearing completion

Since 2012, state officials have been in the process of drafting a new water plan for the state.  That process is nearing completion, as a final set of meetings are set to take place across the state next month.  The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission has been holding meetings on existing and future water use, quantifying available water supplies to meet existing and future water use, and the development of water resource solutions and recommendations.  Tony Ramick is with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission and tells why a water plan is needed in the state.

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6:25 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Study says Arkansas leads the nation in reducing the number of uninsured residents

(Courtesy of Michael Hibblen, KUAR Public Radio.)

A new study shows Arkansas outpaced the rest of the United States in reducing the percentage of uninsured residents during the first half of 2014.

The Gallup report released Tuesday says the rate of uninsured adults fell from 22.5 percent in 2013 to 12.4 percent in Arkansas by the middle of this year.

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5:12 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Senator Boozman announces fall intern program

(Courtesy of Senator John Boozman's Office.)

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) announced that his office is seeking full or part-time interns to help staff in his Washington, D.C. and seven state offices during the 2014 fall semester. 

“Working in a Senate office allows interns to experience what they’ve learned in school, acquiring firsthand knowledge of the legislative process and constituent services responsibilities. This is a great opportunity to do rewarding work on behalf of the people of Arkansas,” Boozman said.  

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10:26 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Commuters looking for properties in Newport

A high number of people who work in Newport are commuting to their jobs, due to a lack of available housing.  The Newport Chamber of Commerce has issued a plea asking for people who have rental properties to make them available to those who are looking to live in Newport.  Director of the Newport Economic Development Commission John Chadwell says the situation could become more of a problem as new businesses are expected to open in Newport later this year.

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6:42 am
Tue August 5, 2014

American Red Cross needs blood donations

The American Red Cross reports there is an urgent need for all blood types, especially as the Labor Day Holiday travel weekend gets closer.  Communications Manager for the Greater Arkansas Region of the American Red Cross Danielle Ray tells why the summertime can lead to a need for blood donations.

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5:20 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Voters' views on potential presidential candidates Huckabee and Clinton released

(Courtesy of Talk Business & Politics.)

From the current Governor to the President to 2016 Presidential contenders, Arkansas voters have clear opinions on Mike Beebe, Mike Huckabee, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

New results from the latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll show Democratic Governor Mike Beebe and former Republican Governor Mike Huckabee, a possible 2016 GOP Presidential candidate, as very popular with the state’s voters.

Q. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Gov. Mike Beebe?

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