Biologists at the University of Arkansas are using a federal grant to track the migration of the familiar American woodcock, a bird whose population is slowly declining across eastern North America.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded nearly $50,000 for the project to the U.S. Geological Survey Arkansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, which is housed in the University of Arkansas Department of Biological Sciences.
A task force is finalizing its recommendations to Gov. Asa Hutchinson on whether Arkansas should continue using the controversial Common Core education standards.
The Governor's Council on Common Core Review planned to meet at the state Capitol Thursday morning to work on its recommendations regarding Arkansas' involvement in the standards. Hutchinson formed the panel earlier this year and it has been holding hearings around the state about the issue.
The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission continues to hold public meetings across the state taking comments on its comprehensive water plan. In Little Rock, commission staff presented the plan and fielded questions from citizens on Wednesday.
Todd Fugitt, Geology Supervisor at the Commission, said the new plan would encompass nearly every aspect of water policy. It is the first such update in nearly 25 years, he said, primarily because a lack in funding has prevented the Commision from conducting one.
An Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission official says the group will wait for police to conduct an investigation into the death of a Garland County Circuit Court judge's son after the 18-month-old was left in a hot car.
Executive Director David Sachar says in a statement that the commission will wait for police and other agencies to "provide more facts" before it considers judicial discipline. Sachar also offered the commission's condolences to Wade Naramore and his family for the death of his son, Thomas, on Friday.
A Wall Street-based nonprofit initiative funded and chaired by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Clinton administration Treasurer Hank Paulson released a report Tuesday that says Arkansas’ soybean production could decline by 25% due to warmer temperatures caused by climate change.