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Arkansas Unemployment Rate Ticks Up To 4 Percent, Still Below U.S. Average

Arkansas’s unemployment rate is up, though not by very much. The state also still rests below the national average in the September report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. After three months of flat unemployment numbers Arkansas’s rate ticked up from 3.9 percent in August to 4 percent in September.
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Governor's Radio Column: China Trade Mission

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Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) discussing changes to eligibility verification for Medicaid in the Governor's Conference Room at the Capitol in early August.
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The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of Oct. 21, 2016:

  I am delighted to wrap up another successful trade mission in China with my Arkansas Economic Development Commission team. This week, I signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Suzhou Tianyuan Garments Company, which will result in the creation of 400 new jobs and an investment of $20 million in Little Rock.

History of the Arkansas Gazette: Part One

Oct 21, 2016
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Today on Arts & Letters, we talk with journalist, researcher, and professor Donna Lampkins Stephens. Her book, If It Ain't Broke, Break It: How Corporate Journalism Killed the Arkansas Gazette, published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2015 "offers a firsthand account of how and why the Arkansas Gazette, then the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi River, died after perhaps the country’s last great newspaper war."

 Medical marijuana supporters began airing their first TV ad for one of two legalization proposals on the Arkansas ballot next month, touting the measure as a way to help treat children with seizures.

One of the state's top opponents of medical marijuana, however, said the ad shows that there's a way to use compounds from marijuana to help patients without a more widespread medical pot initiative.

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman launched his first negative television ad on Friday against Democratic challenger Conner Eldridge in his Arkansas re-election bid, portraying the former federal prosecutor as a gift from President Barack Obama to a predominantly conservative state.

The 30-second spot shows a box delivered to a home in Arkansas with the White House logo and the words "Contents: Conner Eldridge" emblazoned on the side. It features a narrator mimicking the president's voice as he reads a letter attached to the box.


The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't reconsider its decision that votes on a casino-gambling issue not be counted this year.

The state's highest court Friday denied a request to take another look at its ruling disqualifying a Nov. 8 ballot measure that could have allowed casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties.

On the podcast this week:

-Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in the final presidential debate this year. Trump says he won’t commit to accepting election results if he loses. What’s the Arkansas response?

-The state unemployment rate ticks up in September. Meanwhile Gov. Hutchinson tours China to talk trade and bring home some jobs.

-Arguments for and against Medical Marijuana ratchet up. We’ll talk TV ads, law enforcement and tax revenue ahead of the November 8th election.

Early voting begins Monday, October 24th. 

LITTLE ROCK — Former White House reporter turned White House historian and author Kate Anderson Brower visited the capital city today as the latest Fred K. Darragh Jr. Distinguished Lecturer of the Central Arkansas Library System.


The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man who pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder of a Fort Smith police officer and kidnapping.

Elvis Thacker said prosecutors failed to provide videos of the incident and argued that evidence favorable to him was withheld, that his guilty plea was coerced and that he is innocent.

A labor union that has demonstrated against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. asked the Arkansas Supreme Court Thursday to reverse a judge's decision barring it from entering the retail giant's property for anything other than shopping.

Attorneys for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and Wal-Mart argued that the National Labor Relations Board, not the Benton County judge, should have jurisdiction over the matter.

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After seeing thousands of nondurable apparel manufacturing jobs leave eastern Arkansas since the early 1990s, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and his economic development team are bringing 400 of those jobs back to the state.


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