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A report shows that recent floods in a southwest Arkansas county caused more than $14 million in damages.

The county's emergency coordinator says that around half of the land in Little River County was flooded by nearby bodies of water, including the Red River, following severe weather in May and June.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that the report was prepared by county officials and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The study shows more than 20 county roads were closed due to flooding.

As temperatures have become dangerously hot, nearing the 100 degree mark in Little Rock, the city is opening three cooling centers Tuesday for those without a place to get out of the heat. At this point they’re scheduled to be open through Friday.

"As the summer heat persists, we will continue to monitor the situation to see how long we may need to keep these cooling centers open," City Manager Bruce Moore said in a press release.

The cooling centers are located at:

Two of Arkansas’ largest publicly traded concerns bounced off yearly lows in Monday’s week-opening session as U.S. stocks endured another day of Wall Street downgrades and uneasy trading following news that Europe had offered Greece a $96 billion bailout deal.

Overall, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 217.27, or 1.2%, to 17977.68. The S&P 500 added 22.98, or 1.1%, to 2099.60, while the technology friendly Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 73.82, or 1.5%, to 5071.51.

Alia Borroho, 32, has been a business development director at an education tech startup in Little Rock. She wanted to write software code instead. After 12 weeks of classes, she’ll be able to do so.

Borroho is one of 14 students – and one of two females – attending classes at the newly opened Iron Yard Coding Academy, a chain of 14 campuses in the United States with one in London.

Office of the Governor

More than 15,000 individuals have lost state government health benefits because their family incomes vary at least 10% from their original applications and they did not respond to government requests to verify their incomes.

That’s according to a letter sent to lawmakers by Gov. Asa Hutchinson Monday. Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, posted the letter to his Twitter feed.

The nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers announced on Tuesday has been met with condemnation from Arkansas’s Congressional delegation. The six Republicans argue nothing less than an entirely nuclear free Iran is acceptable and that the deal won’t keep Iran from acquiring nuclear arms capabilities. 

Arkansas Department of Education Deputy Commissioner Dr. Mark Gotcher and State Rep. Charlotte Douglass (R-Alma).
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Schools in Fort Smith will be among the first to benefit from Arkansas’s two-year plan to improve broadband internet access. Education officials told a joint meeting of the House and Senate Education Committees on Monday that the Fort Smith School District, as of Wednesday, will be able to provide a 200 kilobit minimum for each student.

Arkansas prison officials are investigating an inmate who allegedly attacked a female correctional officer at the Varner Supermax prison.

Officials say the incident occurred shortly before 8:30 a.m. Monday when the inmate allegedly attacked the officer with a metal rod. Other officers heard her cry out for help and found her on the floor, suffering from what appeared to be two puncture wounds.

The officer was treated and released at a hospital. The officer was not identified but has worked for the Arkansas Department of Correction since April 2013.

A federal appeals court has rejected a request for a new hearing by an Oklahoma man sentenced to death for his role in killing an Arkansas family.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a federal judge's ruling against Danny Lee of Yukon, Oklahoma.

Three same-sex couples have sued Arkansas health officials for not allowing both spouses to be named on their children's birth certificates.

The three lesbian couples sued the Department of Health on Monday in Pulaski County Circuit Court and said they were told they would have to obtain a court order to name both parents on their children's birth certificates. The couples asked to have both parents listed on the birth certificates following last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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