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

Arkansas Has Highest GDP Growth Rate In Nation

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.
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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.

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."

With the Democratic National Convention underway, Hillary Clinton still enjoys the strong support of many Arkansas Democrats who remember her days as the state’s first lady. But some of the state’s Bernie Sanders delegates aren’t ready to back the presumptive nominee even as they mix with party mainstays.

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The Islamic Center of Little Rock is hoping to counter negative stereotypes with a billboard campaign comparing a Muslim woman in a hijab, or headscarf, to Virgin Mary in a veil.

KUAR spoke to the mosque’s vice president, Alaa Eldamaty , who says the goal is to encourage questions. 

"You might be scared of Islam because of all of the media or all of the horrific attacks happening around the world in the name of Islam," said Eldamaty. "But really, Islam is a religion of peace," she explained. 

A public school teacher from Bauxite, Arkansas is to speak to the Democratic National Convention Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Dustin Parsons, a 5th grade math and social studies teacher at Pine Haven Elementary, says he'll discuss how efforts by Hillary Clinton when she lived in the state benefited children. In particular, he says her role in leading education reforms had a lasting impact in Arkansas.

An execution drug obtained by the Arkansas prison system earlier this month appears to have been made by a subsidiary of Pfizer, even though Pfizer has said it doesn't want its drugs to be used in executions.

The Associated Press on Monday obtained redacted photos of the vecuronium bromide label from the Arkansas Department of Correction. It matches labels submitted to the National Institutes of Health by Hospira, Inc., which Pfizer bought last year.

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