U.S. Rep.-elect French Hill (R-2nd Dist.)
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A report for the month of August shows growth above expectations in Arkansas. Increased sales and individual tax collection revenue added to a $23.1 million rise over July of this year.

John Shelnutt, an economist with the Department of Finance and Revenue, said this year's numbers are above last year's for the month of August. 

"In absolute dollar terms, net available revenue was $421.4 million in August. Gross revenue, which is collections, came in $23.2 million or 5.1 percent above forecast,” he said. 

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Invitations are in the mail and a campaign launch is underway.

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson will kick off her campaign for Chief Justice of the state’s high court beginning this weekend.

Goodson will host a tailgate at the Razorback football season opener against UTEP on Saturday in Fayetteville. She will also have a reception in Saline County next Tuesday.

Arkansas Department of Higher Education Logo.
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson today called on the state’s higher education leaders to help create a new funding formula for colleges and universities and said a portion of the state’s lottery scholarship should be targeted to adults, to minorities, and to those seeking a technical certificate.

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A cancer physician, a choreographer, a home-economics pioneer, and a NFL pro-bowler are among Arkansans named to the Black Hall of Fame Tuesday. Charles Stewart, the Hall of fame’s co-chair, said inductees are meant to inspire Arkansas’s African American community.

“We look for people who have Arkansas roots, who have achieved national or international acclaim in their chosen fields of endeavor. Sometimes, we will look at people who are just the salt of the earth and have made a difference here in Arkansas,” he said.

A Fayetteville group has filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to stop a special election on the city's proposed civil-rights ordinance to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents from discrimination.

A group called Protect Fayetteville said Monday that it is seeking an injunction because it believes the ordinance "is in violation of state law and religious First Amendment freedoms, has a misleading ballot title and was passed without due process."

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that telecom carriers in Arkansas will receive more than $54 million from the Connect America Fund to provide broadband services in rural and remote areas of the state with little or no high-speed Internet access.

This is the second phase of funding through the federal program created in 2011 under the Universal Service Fund, the controversial federal subsidy program established by the 1996 Telecom Act to promote universal access to telecommunications services in rural and remote areas.

The Democratic Party of Arkansas's new executive director Ted Dick.
Arkansas Democrats

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is getting a new executive director, hailing from another rural state offering a tough electoral landscape. 

University of Arkansas Fayetteville
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The University of Arkansas is banning the use of drones and remote-controlled model aircraft on or over the Fayetteville campus without prior approval.

The school announced the new policy Monday, saying in a statement that the move was made to "protect the safety, security and privacy of students, faculty, staff and campus visitors."

State Department of Education Building in Little Rock.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A federal appeals court panel has affirmed a judge's ruling that the Blytheville School District acted properly when it opted out of Arkansas' School Choice Act and blocked the request of several white parents to transfer their children to neighboring districts.

A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday that the parents' request was moot because the Legislature amended the law in 2015, striking the language in question. Under the 2013 law, school districts could opt out of school choice if they were subject to a desegregation order.

Dexter Suggs Little Rock Schools
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Former school superintendent Dexter Suggs has had his Doctorate in Education revoked following allegations of plagiarism. The Little Rock School District announced it will cancel future severance package payments.

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