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The following is a transcript of the Governor's weekly address for the weekend of April 17, 2015. Filling in for the governor this week is First Lady Susan Hutchinson. 

As executive director of Main Street El Dorado, Mark Givens, fields a lot of calls from people asking about his town. He’s happy to talk.

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A program that advocates say has saved the lives of hundreds of dogs while helping to rehabilitate Arkansas prison inmates was honored Friday at the state Capitol.

Paws in Prison, which was modeled on programs in other states, started in Arkansas in 2011 and matches dogs that are in animal shelters and otherwise would be euthanized with select prison inmates.

Doctor Mary Parker-Reed, vice-chair of the Arkansas Board of Corrections, says it has proven to be very effective.

Rep. John Walker
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A federal judge says he needs more information before deciding whether the new Jacksonville School District can be a party to a decades-old desegregation case involving the Pulaski County Special School District.

Police in Little Rock say a man who crashed his vehicle while being pursued by officers ran into a daycare center and was later arrested.

No injuries are reported.

Lt. Sidney Allen says the incident began shortly after 11 a.m. Friday when the man crashed the vehicle and ran in to Full Potential Daycare near Interstate 30 in south Little Rock. Allen says the man ran into an unoccupied portion of the daycare that is separated from the daycare area because of construction and that the man had no contact with children or staff.

Governor Hutchinson Talks Computer Science In Northeast Arkansas

Apr 17, 2015
Governor Asa Hutchinson Gov
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The city of Caraway could one day become a “computer mecca,” with students learning the skills of computer coding and computer science, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday.

Hutchinson, who attended the groundbreaking of Riverside East Elementary School, spoke to the nearly 300 people in attendance about education and the opportunity it gives.

Private Option Average Costs Declining, Enrollment Nears 230,000

Apr 17, 2015
David Johnson (front, left) responds to Jason Rapert's remarks (back). David Sanders (front, right) looks on.
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The number of Arkansans with completed enrollments through the Health Care Independence Program – the private option – has reached 229,599 as of March 31, according to numbers released by the Arkansas Department of Human Services Thursday.

Two buffaloes are on the run in a central Arkansas city after authorities failed to round up all of an escaped herd.

Hot Springs Cpl. Sonia Luzader said Friday that police know the general location of the 2,000-pound animals but that no sightings were reported overnight.

Six buffaloes escaped from a farm and spent Thursday roaming neighborhoods and avoiding sheriff's deputies, officers and volunteers.

One animal was hit by a car and returned to the farm. Luzader says three that were tranquilized Thursday evening were left in a pasture to help attract the others.

Chris Hickey / KUAR

The Environmental Protection Agency is extending its public comment period on proposed rules to limit emissions for several coal-fired power plants in Arkansas. The regulations are intended limit haze around national wilderness areas.

The attorney for two Arkansas prison inmates who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles told the state Supreme Court that both should be resentenced based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Jeff Rosenzweig argued Thursday to the state court meeting in Mountain Home that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling should be applied retroactively and Aaron Hodge and James Grubbs should each receive new sentencing hearings.

The Arkansas Department of Correction will soon begin transferring female inmates who are eligible for a work-release program into a new facility in Pine Bluff.

The department says the process of moving 54 inmates to the Pine Bluff Re-Entry Center will start on Saturday.

The department's work-release program is for inmates who are within 30 months of parole. Only those with non-violent convictions and clean disciplinary records are eligible.

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