Bill Clinton Hope Home House
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Childhood Home Of Former President Bill Clinton To Reopen After Arson Fire

The home in Hope where former President Bill Clinton spent the first four years of his life is set to reopen following a Christmas Day fire.
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In a speech aimed to win over the American people Thursday, Hillary Clinton will likely tell the story of her political origins here in Arkansas as a first lady, a lawyer, and an advocate for women and children.

In 1979, one month into Bill Clinton’s first gubernatorial term, Jonesboro’s “In Focus” TV anchor Jack Hill put the spotlight on Hillary Clinton, who was 32 at the time. She was asked about the difficulty of finding time with her politician husband as a working woman.  You can watch the interview below.

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A proposed constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for medical use fell short of the number of valid signatures required but will have 30 days to make up the difference.

To qualify for the ballot, proposed amendments this year must collect 84,859 signatures. According to a letter sent by the secretary of state’s office to David Couch of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, 72,309 of the 99,629 signatures the group submitted were valid.

Lucie's Place

Four Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered young people in central Arkansas will have a chance to move in to a group house and receive life skills training through a donated home. Lucie’s Place, which provides services for homeless LGBT youth is launching its first residence for young adults in Little Rock this fall.

Penelope Poppers says while there’s relatively little data on homeless LGBT, especially in the south, more LGBT teens are forced out of their homes and their lives on the street are especially hard.

A breakdown of GDP growth rates by state and region.
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Arkansas’s gross domestic product, or GDP, grew at a higher rate than any other state in the nation through the first quarter of 2016. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on Wednesday shows the state's 3.9 percent GDP growth outpacing the national rate of 1.2 percent.

The Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas, Kathy Deck says other positive economic indicators preceded this measurement of the state’s economic output.

Election voting
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County clerks around Arkansas are working to determine exactly how many registered voters may have been incorrectly flagged as felons after the state Secretary of State’s office updated a computerized record-keeping system.

Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane says about half of nearly 2,000 registered voters in the county who were recently flagged under the new system either should be allowed to vote or have an indeterminate status. The number will vary by county, he says, and each county may have to take a different approach to correct the problem.

Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.
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A Little Rock attorney is dropping his challenge of the Arkansas Ethics Commission's decision on a complaint he filed against Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.

Matt Campbell filed a motion Tuesday to voluntarily dismiss his petition over the settlement Milligan signed in February with the commission, which issued the treasurer a letter of warning and a $400 fine for four reporting issues on his campaign finance reports.

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Former President and Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton spent considerable time Tuesday night describing his wife’s efforts to advance child healthcare and education during her time as first lady of the state. Clinton gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, telling the story of the pair’s courtship and eventual involvement in Arkansas politics.

File photo. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaking to the Political Animals Club at the Governor's Mansion in Little Rock.
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Governor Asa Hutchinson wants to drop the income tax rate for Arkansas’s top bracket to 5 percent and re-formulate higher education funding based on outcomes rather than enrollment. The Republican governor broadly outlined his long-term tax cut aspiration and higher education plan on Tuesday afternoon at a meeting of the Downtown Rotary Club of Little Rock. 

He also commented on the politics of trade and an Ethics Commission ruling dismissing a complaint against him.

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Monroe County authorities say a suspect has been arrested in a shooting at a Clarendon police officer.

Sheriff Michael Neal says the 23-year-old suspect from Clarendon was arrested Monday night on four counts of committing terroristic acts and four counts of aggravated assault for opening fire as the officer arrived home Saturday.

The officer was not injured, but the house was struck by gunfire in what Neal called an ambush attack.

Online court records on Tuesday did not show that formal charges have been filed.

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An oath of citizenship, a pledge of allegiance, and messages from the United States President and Governor of Arkansas were part of the naturalization ceremony for 101 new U.S. citizens Tuesday at Little Rock’s Old State House Museum.

Governor Asa Hutchinson addressed the group, saying he appreciates that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants, and his own family is raising bi-lingual grandchildren because of his naturalized Latina daughter-in-law.

Presumably by accident, he said they are learning both, "'American and Spanish."

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