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5:42 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Arkansas State Board Of Education Elects New Officers

Former Arkansas state Sen. Brenda Gullett of Fayetteville has been elected chairwoman of the Arkansas State Board of Education.

Gullett was elected Wednesday and succeeds Jim Cooper as chair of the education board.

The board also elected former state Rep. Sam Ledbetter of Little Rock as vice chairman.

The two will serve one year terms that run through June 2014.

Local & Regional News
5:19 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Arkansan Honored For Work On Behalf Of Kids With Parents In Prison

An Arkansas woman, who founded a group that advocates on behalf of children with incarcerated parents, was honored Wednesday at the White House.

Dee Ann Newell, executive director of Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind, was one of 12 people from around the country honored as a “Champion of Change.”

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Education
4:39 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Arkansas Education Officials Announce Program To Increase Higher Ed Degrees

Arkansas education officials are announcing a program they say will help with Governor Mike Beebe’s initiative to double the number of Arkansans with college degrees by 2025.

Noting "some college is better than no college," education officials say they’ll use a grant from the Kresge Foundation to put a system in place so the state’s community colleges and universities can blend student information.

The idea is that associates degrees would be awarded to students who transferred to a university from a two-year college and have amassed enough credits for a diploma.

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Books
4:16 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out

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Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 6:11 pm

Walk into any bookstore or library, and you'll find shelves and shelves of hugely popular novels and book series for kids. But research shows that as young readers get older, they are not moving to more complex books. High-schoolers are reading books written for younger kids, and teachers aren't assigning difficult classics as much as they once did.

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Local & Regional News
2:38 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Pryor And Boozman Outline Immigration Priorities

People hold up signs at a pro-immigration reform rally in Washington, D.C.

With an immigration reform bill moving forward in the U.S. Senate, Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says procedural votes Tuesday were just the first step in what will be a closely watched process. 

“If you look at the immigrant population in Arkansas, it’s about five percent and about 13 percent nationwide,” said Pryor. “However, we are one of the fastest growing states in terms of immigrant population. I think we’re fourth overall in the amount of growth we’re seeing in our immigrant population so this is an issue that’s becoming increasingly important to our state.”

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Local & Regional News
11:31 am
Wed June 12, 2013

VA Hospital Federal Credit Union's Former President Pleaded Guilty to Embezzlement

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The former President of the VA Hospital Federal Credit Union in Little Rock, pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges of embezzlement.

Prosecutors say Karen York stole over $60,000 during the course of twelve years at the VA through a check kiting scheme and making false deposit entries.

The FBI defines check kiting as, "a scheme which artificially inflates bank account balances, in accounts that are under common control, for purposes of obtaining unauthorized use of bank funds, through the exchanging of checks between accounts.”

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Local & Regional News
7:54 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Sex Trafficking More Widespread in Arkansas Than Most Realize

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Last week, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Christopher Thyer, announced that a Little Rock man, alleged to have been a pimp and trafficker, was convicted in federal court on one count of sex trafficking. 

It was a first for his district, saying "It had been there for quite some time, and the biggest reason some of these cases are coming forward is awareness." 

Thyer says awareness is on the rise, but many people don’t know that sex trafficking could be occurring in their area.

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Local & Regional News
5:57 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Repairs To Affect Interstates 40, 440 In Arkansas

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department says bridge repair work and paving will affect traffic on Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas and I-440 in North Little Rock.

The department says paving on the west end of the White River bridge on I-40 in Prairie County will require that westbound traffic be detoured from 3 a.m. until 7 a.m. on Wednesday.

Traffic is being detoured off I-40 at exit 202 to Briscoe and onto Arkansas 33, then US 70 before being allowed back onto the interstate at the Hazen exit - exit 193.

Local & Regional News
5:54 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Education Officials Want Greater Degree Completion

Arkansas education officials are touting a plan to enable more Arkansas college students to complete their degrees.

Leaders in higher education are to gather on Wednesday to announce an initiative that's intended to help more people stick with their studies.

The effort is part of an initiative announced by Gov. Mike Beebe two years ago to double the number of college graduates in Arkansas by 2025.

Local & Regional News
6:09 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Arkansas AG OKs Wording Of Medicaid Ballot Measure

The attorney general's office has approved the wording of a ballot measure that would allow voters to decide whether Arkansas can use federal Medicaid dollars to offer private insurance to thousands of low-income residents.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Tuesday certified the proposed referendum submitted by tea party activist Glenn Gallas on the "private option" law approved earlier this year. McDaniel's certification clears the way for supporters to start gathering the 46,880 signatures needed to place the measure on next year's ballot.

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