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Hutchinson asa bill signing
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Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a trio of bills into law on Monday intended to overhaul the state’s workforce development plan. The governor said tailoring education toward filling needs identified by business interests is a “dramatic” and “foundational” change.

The wife of an Arkansas judge who was mauled by a zebra says he is still recovering from the serious injuries and needs more surgery.

Shannon Derrick told The Daily Citizen her husband Mark Derrick has been released from the hospital but both of his arms need surgical repair. The White County District Court judge was attacked March 15 at his father's property in Searcy.

The animal attacked Mark Derrick as he was collecting manure for a garden.

Little Rock Zoo officials and others have taken oral swabs from the zebra to help determine what caused the attack.

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Senate President Jonathan Dismang and Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam said they are satisfied with the outcome of the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that nearly derailed the regular legislative session in the last full week.

Little Rock Nine 9
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  The National Archives has digitally remastered a film about the Little Rock Nine for the anniversary of its Academy Award win for best short documentary 50 years ago.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that it's the fifth film the archives' Motion Picture Preservation Lab has restored to cinema quality.

The film will be shown at the National Archives later in the spring and is available online.

The archives says the 18-minute film, titled Nine from Little Rock, was never intended for American viewers but was shown in hundreds of cities around the globe.

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Arkansas lawmakers enacted tax, prison and education reforms but didn't finish work on other lingering issues.

The regular session ended Thursday and legislators, lobbyists and political appointees are already considering further changes to various laws. The future of highway and transportation funding, the state's compromise Medicaid expansion and a handful of social issues were left unfinished at the end of the session.

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KUAR’s Sarah Whites-Koditschek spoke with Jerry Cox of the Arkansas Family Council, a group that openly supported the original and revised versions of the Arkansas bills, about his views on the week’s events. 

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Tippi McCullough and Barbara Mariani of the Arkansas Stonewall Democrats, offer their views on Arkansas's new religious protection law, and the future of LGBT rights in the state.

Lawyers for the Pulaski County Special School District asked a federal judge to approve details of a plan for the creation of a Jacksonville school district.

They offered a plan for dividing state desegregation funding between the districts in the motion filed Friday in federal court. It includes paying Jacksonville a percentage of settlement money awarded to the Pulaski district under the 34-year-old desegregation case.

Voters overwhelmingly approved the creation of the new district in November and the judge in January asked for more details on the detachment plan.

The College of Business at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville has had its accreditation extended for five years.

ATU announced Friday that the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business extended the accreditation that was first granted in 2000. The next scheduled review is during the 2019-20 academic year.

The college offers Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees in accounting, business data analytics, economics, marketing, business education, and finance and management. It also offers a Master of Science degree in Business Administration.

John Glasgow
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The cause of death of a Little Rock businessman whose skeletal remains were found on Petit Jean Mountain is expected to be released to law enforcement next week.

Cindy Moran at the Arkansas State Crime Lab told KTHV that the state medical examiner is finalizing the report on the death of John Glasgow.

Glasgow disappeared in January 2008. His skull was found March 11 by hikers in the park and other bone fragments and skeletal remains have since been located.

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