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Mayflower Oil Spill drainage ditch
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The federal government has asked a U.S. District Court judge to approve a final version of a consent decree with the state of Arkansas and Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Mayflower in central Arkansas.

10 commandments
Wikipedia

Arkansas' decision to put a Ten Commandments display on its Capitol grounds could lead to a monument menagerie that includes a statue of a monkey-faced deity and a banner promoting a vegan lifestyle.

The Satanic Temple has said it may erect a bronze Baphomet in Little Rock, and on Tuesday the Universal Society of Hinduism and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced plans for their own displays.

Little Italy
www.littleitalyarkansas.com

The Little Rock City Board of Directors is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a resolution opposing efforts by the Little Italy community in Pulaski County to become its own municipality.

Kristy Eanes, co-chair of the Little Italy Incorporation Task Force, says residents filed a petition to become its own city in hopes of preserving its historic, rural atmosphere as Little Rock continues to expand westward. Fewer than 400 people live in the community.

first ladies
Roby Brock / Talk Business & Politics

Six of Arkansas’ First Ladies are teaming up to say “yes to the dress.”

On Tuesday at the Old State House museum, former Arkansas First Ladies Barbara Pryor, Gay White, Janet Huckabee, Betty Tucker, Ginger Beebe and current First Lady Susan Hutchinson announced that they would be hosting a fundraiser on Oct. 6 at noon at the Governor’s Mansion to benefit the restoration of the First Ladies’ Inaugural Gown Exhibit.

Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

A group of interfaith leaders will convene in late August to plan ways to aid the re-entry of prisoners and bolster an overcrowded foster care system in Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday. 

The Department of Human Services begins a series of town halls across Arkansas Tuesday about an upcoming change in the coding system used by all medical providers.

Health insurers are asking state regulators for large rate increases for next year, citing losses caused by higher-than-expected patient utilization and a sicker than expected risk pool, the New York Times reported July 4. However, in Arkansas that may not be the case.

A woman charged in the kidnapping and killing of an Arkansas real estate agent has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in exchange for agreeing to testify against her estranged husband, who also is charged in the death.

A Pulaski County Special School District Bus parked off of Highway 365.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Members of the nearly created Jacksonville-North Pulaski School School Board will vote on teacher salaries this evening.

By the start of the school year in fall 2016, some Jacksonville teachers could make less than they currently do under the Pulaski County Special School District. According to Interim Superintendent Tony Wood, the district's most experienced teachers may see a drop in pay.

10 commandments
Wikipedia

A group advocating for separation of church and state may propose that a Satanic statue be placed outside the Arkansas Statehouse after their first choice of the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was scuttled by a state Supreme Court ruling barring all religious monuments.

The Satanic Temple says Arkansas' approval of a Ten Commandments display gives the group a right to erect the statue.

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