Arkansas Agency Begins Drafting Medical Marijuana Rules

Labels for medical marijuana products sold in Arkansas would have to include details on their laboratory analysis, dosage and warnings under a draft of rules being prepared for the launch of the first medical pot program in the Bible Belt.
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A consultant hired by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality presented findings at the agency’s headquarters Thursday of subsurface tests made at a controversial swine farm near the Buffalo National River. ADEQ and environmental advocates are still mulling over the study’s details.

Asa Hutchinson
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson is to meet next week with members of the transition team for President-elect Donald Trump to discuss healthcare. It comes after the governor talked with Trump earlier this week by phone.

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Abortion opponents in Arkansas are pushing for a ban on a commonly used second trimester procedure along with other restrictions.

They're buoyed by Republicans' expanded majorities in the Legislature and Donald Trump's election as president.

A Republican lawmaker said he planned to file legislation next week to prohibit a medical procedure called dilation and evacuation, or "D&E."

Abortion rights groups say the procedure is the safest and most common used in second trimesters.

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A state prison spokesman says one correctional officer suffered a minor injury after a disturbance Wednesday night at a maximum-security prison in Arkansas.

Arkansas Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves says about a dozen inmates broke barracks windows and set small trash fires within one housing area at the Varner Unit in Lincoln County, about 65 miles southeast of Little Rock.

Graves says correctional officers were able to "regain control" of the situation and that no inmates were injured during the incident.

A Conway elementary school librarian is a recipient of the 2016 “I Love My Librarian” Award. The American Library Association says Jamille Rogers of Marguerite Vann Elementary School in Conway is one of ten national winners of the annual public service award.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he stressed the importance of a global market to Arkansas' economy when he talked with President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his surprise win in the election.

All of Arkansas’s metropolitan areas saw unemployment rate declines in October, compared to both the same period last year and to the previous month. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data Wednesday showing the state’s unemployment rate was a non-seasonally adjusted 3.4 percent, down from 3.9 percent in the previous month and down from 4.3 percent during the same period last year.

File photo. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R).
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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange are leading a legal challenge of new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations.

Mischa Martin (right), director of the Division of Children and Family Services, and Keesa Smith, Department of Human Services deputy director, talk to legislators about the state’s foster care system.
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The recent spike of Arkansas children in foster care is caused by many factors, including understaffed caseworkers who err on the side of requesting removing a child from their home because they don’t have enough time to properly determine if the child is in a safe place, the director of the Division of Children and Family Services said Tuesday.

Mischa Martin told the Joint Performance Review Committee that the system she recently took over is in a “crisis.” The number of children involved in foster care has spiked from 3,806 in 2015 to 5,209 as of Sept. 28, 2016.

Protests over construction of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota has triggered sympathy demonstrations across the nation, including in Arkansas. But Arkansas activists are also protesting a newly permitted 440-mile long underground oil transport project called the Diamond Pipeline.


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