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Innovation Guru Tells Manufacturing Execs To Disrupt Business Culture With New Ideas

Apr 30, 2015

Robert Tucker, keynote speaker at the Arkansas Innovation Manufacturing Summit on Wednesday, began his part-pep talk, part-lecture with a funny story about losing his bearings one night while on a camping trip.

Larry Jegley
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The Independent Citizens Commission on Thursday gave initial approval to a plan to raise most state prosecutors' salaries from $123,162 a year to $152,000. 

At hundreds of libraries across the U.S., 3-D printers can sometimes be heard whirring in the background, part of an effort to encourage interest in the new technology and foster DIY "maker spaces."

In some libraries, officials have begun to set restrictions on the 3-D printers amid concerns about how they'll be used.

At the University City Public Library in St. Louis, Patrick Wall recently printed a green plastic sword from the game Minecraft.

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The Department of Community Correction is expanding a partnership with Arkansas Baptist College and area churches in Little Rock to teach prison inmates business skills for a transition back to society.  

The college opened its Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development Center Wednesday, funded in part by donations from local business leaders. College president, Fitz Hill, said he wants inmates to have a second chance through the center.

Gay marriage same-sex marriage Arkansas
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has deferred arguments and a decision on four same-sex marriage cases until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue.

The court announced Wednesday that it's holding off on "any further consideration" of the cases from South Dakota, Arkansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Arguments were scheduled to begin on May 12 in Omaha, Nebraska.

All four states are appealing federal judges' decisions to overturn gay marriage bans.

The Supreme Court began hearing arguments Tuesday and could decide by June whether gay couples can marry nationwide.

A top deputy at the Arkansas treasurer's office will return to work Thursday after an internal investigation of campaign-related emails showed no wrongdoing.

Republican Treasurer Dennis Milligan placed Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Brady on paid leave last Friday.

Arkansas News Bureau first reported Sunday about the emails sent in 2013 and 2014 to Milligan's campaign from Brady's email at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, where he was a lobbyist. The nonprofit cannot engage in political activity.

Gov. Hutchinson Calls Strong U.S. Manufacturing Base A ‘National Security’ Issue

Apr 29, 2015
Asa Hutchinson governor
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Gov. Asa Hutchinson kicked off the first Arkansas Manufacturing Innovation Summit on Wednesday by saying that strengthening the nation’s manufacturing was a “national security” issue, and strongly advocating that former felons should be given an opportunity to re-enter the workforce after leaving prison.

Heifer is working to provide food, water and temporary shelters for the families in Nuwakot, like the one above, who lost their homes and animals in the recent earthquake.
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Arkansas-based Heifer International is shifting gears to some degree in Nepal from long-term development to disaster relief in the wake of a devastating earthquake. The non-profit has had a presence in the Himalayan nation since 1957 and about 50,000 program participants are directly impacted by the natural disaster.

Maggie Thomas, a program officer involved in Heifer’s Nepal work, said tending to immediate relief efforts has become a top priority.

Seed Foundation Facility Headed To Stuttgart

Apr 29, 2015
rice fields
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The Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board announced plans Tuesday to direct $2 million to help construct a seed foundation facility at the state’s Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart.

The facility will assist scientists and researchers to bring new higher yielding, high quality rice varieties to market so Arkansas farmers can profitably grow rice that meets worldwide demand.

The center, along with the new Foundation Seed Facility, is operated by the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture.

The mayor of an Arkansas city where the only police dog was fatally shot by a resident says charges have been dropped against the shooter.

Bay Mayor Daniel Kirby says the city decided to drop all charges against 26-year-old Zachary Worley because the dog, Vox, escaped from his cage. Worley initially was arrested on suspicion of felony aggravated cruelty to an animal, but the charge later was reduced to misdemeanor discharge of a firearm within city limits.

The Jonesboro Sun reports Worley shot the dog in his backyard because it was attacking one of his pet rabbits.