Poll: Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz Hold Leads In Arkansas Primaries

With about three weeks until Arkansas’ March 1 primary, Presidential contender Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead over Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders, and Ted Cruz has a slight lead in a crowded GOP field.
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Dozens of Arkansas counties have been declared disaster areas by President Barack Obama after severe weather and flooding inundated the state between December and January.

After the president's disaster declaration on Friday, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management says 38 counties now qualify for federal assistance.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson had asked the White House for a major disaster declaration because it allows residents and local governments in the affected areas apply.

The cover of the book Arkansas/Arkansaw by Brooks Blevins (2009).
Univ. of Arkansas Press

This week Governor Asa Hutchinson rolled out another tool in his Arkansas boosterism arsenal unveiling the branding campaign "Arkansas Inc." He has about 180 years of a contradictory image to compete with but he intends to join former governors Charles Brough (champion of the early Wonder State moniker) and Winthrop Rockefeller in trying to do so.

Previous Successes Spawning New Project East Of I-30

Feb 6, 2016
Stirling Paint Building
KATV, Channel 7 News

With an anchor of Heifer International, Shall Avenue and other parts in the primarily industrial neighborhood east of Interstate 30 is headed toward a renaissance. Loft-style apartments, a restaurant, brewery and headquarters for a local architecture firm are all in the works.

Two big entities on I-30's east side were the starting points for redevelopment in that area of downtown Little Rock - Rocktown Distillery and Lost Forty Brewing.

Gov. Radio Column: Arkansas Inc.

Feb 6, 2016
Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) discussing changes to eligibility verification for Medicaid in the Governor's Conference Room at the Capitol in early August.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of Feb. 5, 2016:

  We have a lot to be proud of in Arkansas.

Over the past year, we have worked to grow our economy, create more high-paying jobs, cut taxes for the middle class and introduce computer science at every high school. Our list of accomplishments is long, but there is still much to do.

Northwest Arkansas Workers' Justice Center

A report issued Friday by the Northwest Arkansas Workers' Justice Center shows large percentages of the state's poultry workers face wage violations and workplace abuse.

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford Heading To Cuba On Trade Trip

Feb 5, 2016
Representative Congressman Rick Crawford

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, plans to take a trip this spring to Cuba to learn about furthering trade with the Caribbean nation.

Crawford, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, said Friday during the annual meeting of the Arkansas Rice Council that he and U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., are coordinating the April trip with lawmakers and agriculture leaders from Arkansas and Louisiana.

The Arkansas attorney general's office is asking the state Supreme Court to hold oral arguments in the state's appeal of a lower court's ruling not to dismiss a constitutional challenge to Arkansas' execution secrecy law.

The Supreme Court previously stayed eight executions until the challenge filed by a handful of death row inmates is heard.

Arkansas filed its appeal brief late Thursday, saying the inmates had failed to prove constitutional issues with the law that allows the source of the drugs to be kept secret.

The self-imposed deadline set by the special prosecutor assigned to investigate a Garland County judge's involvement in the hot car death of his 18-month-old son is no longer in effect.

Second Judicial District Prosecutor Scott Ellington says he won't set additional deadlines to decide if charges will be filed against Division 2 Circuit Judge Wade Naramore in the death of his son, Thomas.

On Jan. 29, Ellington told The Sentinel-Record that he'd make an announcement by the middle of this week. Last month, he said he'd announce his decision by Feb. 1.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
Arkansas Times

A forum on desegregation in Little Rock Saturday will cover past events to present-day patterns.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is hosting the gathering as part of Black History Month. Key speakers on contemporary desegregation issues include attorney John Walker, former school board member Dr. Jim Ross, and longtime teacher Felicia Hobbs.


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