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Arkansas Panel: Keep Common Core For Now As Review Conducted

A task force is recommending Arkansas continue using Common Core as the state reviews the controversial education standards and looks at changing and replacing them where needed.
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A short-term highway bill and a bill revamping the Department of Veterans Affairs is on its way to the Senate, as House members overwhelmingly approved both bills Wednesday.

The House voted 385-34, with one present, (H.R. 3236) on the highway bill and 256-170 (H.R. 1994) on the VA bill.

Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, French Hill, R-Little Rock, Steve Womack, R-Rogers, and Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, voted yes on both bills.

According to a summary of the highway bill, the $8 billion measure would fund highway programs through Oct. 29, 2015.

Metova CEO John Adams
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Officials with Metova, Inc. and the city of Conway announced Thursday that the emerging tech firm is looking to add 100 employees to its workforce in the next few months.

Metova builds apps for major companies like Yelp, Dropbox, eHarmony and Microsoft and it is active in cybersecurity protection for private firms and the federal government.

Biologists at the University of Arkansas are using a federal grant to track the migration of the familiar American woodcock, a bird whose population is slowly declining across eastern North America.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded nearly $50,000 for the project to the U.S. Geological Survey Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, which is housed in the University of Arkansas Department of Biological Sciences.

A task force is finalizing its recommendations to Gov. Asa Hutchinson on whether Arkansas should continue using the controversial Common Core education standards.

The Governor's Council on Common Core Review planned to meet at the state Capitol Thursday morning to work on its recommendations regarding Arkansas' involvement in the standards. Hutchinson formed the panel earlier this year and it has been holding hearings around the state about the issue.

A rendering of an expanded I-30 corridor in downtown Little Rock.
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The federal government has given the green light to Arkansas highway officials to embark on what would be the state’s largest ever roadway investment.

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission continues to hold public meetings across the state taking comments on its comprehensive water plan. In Little Rock, commission staff presented the plan and fielded questions from citizens on Wednesday.

 

Todd Fugitt, Geology Supervisor at the Commission, said the new plan would encompass nearly every aspect of water policy. It is the first such update in nearly 25 years, he said, primarily because a lack in funding has prevented the Commision from conducting one.

Circuit Judge Wade Naramore
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An Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission official says the group will wait for police to conduct an investigation into the death of a Garland County Circuit Court judge's son after the 18-month-old was left in a hot car.

Executive Director David Sachar says in a statement that the commission will wait for police and other agencies to "provide more facts" before it considers judicial discipline. Sachar also offered the commission's condolences to Wade Naramore and his family for the death of his son, Thomas, on Friday.

A Wall Street-based nonprofit initiative funded and chaired by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Clinton administration Treasurer Hank Paulson released a report Tuesday that says Arkansas’ soybean production could decline by 25% due to warmer temperatures caused by climate change.

Doyle Webb
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The chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party paid a visit to Jonesboro Tuesday night, to rally his political troops and talk about the 2016 campaign.

Doyle Webb spoke at the Craighead County Republican Committee monthly meeting about a variety of issues involving next year’s election cycle.

The ballot in 2016 features a race for President, a United States Senate seat, four United States House seats, 100 state House and 17 state Senate races as well as countless county races.

Police say a man with a knife was shot and killed by a Manila police officer in northeast Arkansas.

Arkansas State Police say in a statement Wednesday that 41-year-old Timothy Johnson was shot when he moved toward the officer while holding the knife. The officer's name was not immediately released.

Johnson's body was sent to the State Crime Laboratory.

State police say the shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday after the officer was sent to investigate a disturbance at home along State Highway 18 on the northwest side of the town.

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