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Governor Asa Hutchinson is challenging Arkansas to raise its overall college graduation rate and increase college enrollment of adults.

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The 52nd Annual Arkansas State Championship Horse Show takes place this weekend in Little Rock. Organizers say they expect it to draw nearly 1,500 competitors and 13,000 spectators. 

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Louisiana-native Roderick Smothers, Philander Smith College’s new president, has raised $500,000 for the school since he started in January and has helped develop an African Art collection among other projects.

KUAR spoke with Smothers one week after his formal investiture as president of the historically-black school. 

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Opponents of a northwest Arkansas city's ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity say they're appealing a judge's decision to allow a vote on the measure next week.

Protect Fayetteville filed a notice late Thursday afternoon that they're appealing Washington County Circuit Judge Doug Martin's denial of their motion to block Tuesday's vote on the anti-discrimination ordinance. The group said it's appealing to the state Supreme Court.

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The University of Central Arkansas announced on Thursday overall enrollment ticked up this fall, just barely, by 0.47 percent. It marks the third consecutive year of growth for the university in Conway, which now stands at 5.8 percent. 11,754 students are enrolled in classes with a 2.5 percent increase in retention.

Fayetteville's City Council in an August meeting on an anti-discrimination ordinance.
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A state judge has ruled a northwest Arkansas city can vote next week on a proposal to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Washington County Circuit Judge Doug Martin on Thursday denied a motion to block next week's special election on the Fayetteville anti-discrimination ordinance.

Opponents of the ordinance had sought a temporary restraining order and had argued, among other things, that the ordinance violated a state law aimed at preventing local anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Jacksonville resident Randy Dollar found out his Medicaid was cancelled in a hospital preparing for open-heart surgery.
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A rally at the state Capitol on Wednesday tried to drive home the message that Arkansas’s beleaguered Medicaid verification process is resulting in some very real physical pain for low-income Arkansans.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be joining a group of Arkansas agricultural business interests on a trade trip to Cuba later this month.

The delegation is being led by the Rogers-based World Trade Center Arkansas and is expected to include representatives from Tyson Foods, Riceland Foods and other in-state agri-related businesses. The dates of the trip are Sept. 28-30.

“Governor Hutchinson is set to visit Cuba at the end of the month to promote Arkansas agriculture. We will have more details in the coming weeks,” governor’s spokesman J.R. Davis tells Talk Business & Politics.

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The University of Arkansas at Little Rock says enrollment is up for the first time in three years. The 11th day count is 11,848 students, according to the university. That reflects a 1.2 percent uptick in total enrollment and 19 percent increase in first-time college students. The total enrollment figure also includes 1,493 "concurrent" students who are high school students enrolled in college courses. 

KUAR's Chris Hickey recently talked with some UALR administrators about the new figures.

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UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson speaking on campus in 2014.
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University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Joel Anderson announced Wednesday he will retire next year. Anderson has been Chancellor since 2003 and at the university for the last 45 years.

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