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Arkansas Department of Education Building in Little Rock near the state Capitol building.
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A foundation run by the heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton has announced a $250 million initiative to support charter schools in 17 cities across the U.S.

The Walton Family Foundation on Tuesday announced its Building Equity Initiative aimed at helping charter schools establish and expand facilities. The foundation says it will initially focus on urban areas but will expand to help public charter schools serve at least 250,000 more students by 2027.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling against a Texas abortion law has advocacy organizations in Arkansas evaluating their approach to reproductive rights in the Natural State.

UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson speaking on campus in 2014.
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At the end of this week, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Joel Anderson will mark his final day in 45 years of service. KUAR's Michael Hibblen recently sat down to speak with Anderson as he prepared for his retirement.

Several dozen Little Rock residents aspiring to have a leadership role in local schools will make their case before the Arkansas Board of Education Monday.

Applicants for slots on the Little Rock School District Community Advisory Board are giving three minute pitches for themselves. State Board member Jay Barth says the group is statutorily mandated as part of the state takeover of the district.

He says the board will have authority over hiring and firing appeals, along with a larger mandate to speak for Little Rock residents.

The National Park Service is turning to goats to help rid Hot Springs National Park of invasive plants that are growing in areas where herbicides can't be used.

Beginning Tuesday, Hot Springs National Park will employ a herd of goats to manage invasive plant services for five weeks. Shelley Todd is the park's natural resource program manager. She says the goats will eat the plants in a three-acre field that was planted with pine trees about 10 years ago. 

KUAR awards PRNDI
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KUAR is proud to have received two first place awards from the national industry group Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. They were handed out Saturday during PRNDI's annual conference for newsroom leaders, held this year in St. Louis, Missouri.

A new survey among frequent Arkansas general election voters finds Republican presumptive Presidential nominee Donald Trump with an 11-point lead over Democratic presumptive Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Photo by Jared Rickman

Little Rock's Bike Polo club is hosting its third Summer Solstice Slam at McArthur Park this weekend, featuring 22 teams from around the region, including four from Little Rock.

Bike polo is just like it sounds—the classic game played by aristocracy on horseback converted to bicycles on a hard surface.

Jared Rickman, one of a core group of players who have made Little Rock something of a hub of bike polo events over the last few years, said the public is invited to watch the tournament, which was expected to run into the early evening Sunday.

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted Friday to implement new regulations intended to slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and elk. 

The regulations set up a management zone for a ten-county region in north-central Arkansas where the feeding of deer and elk will be restricted. Hunters there will also be encouraged to kill more of the animals in order to reduce the population density and to submit samples for testing. Dead carcasses are not allowed to be transported outside the zone.

State To Oversee New Hog Farm Testing

Jun 24, 2016
KUAF

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality announced that it will oversee new testing of an industrial hog farm near the Buffalo River. The new studies will collect data about materials lining waste storage ponds at the farm.

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