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Gov. Radio Address: Career Centers

Sep 19, 2015
Asa Hutchinson unveiling his thoughts on Medicaid expansion in early 2015.
Arkansas Times

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio address for the weekend of Sept. 18, 2015:

This year, we worked hard to fund four new Career Centers in Ashdown, Clarksville, Mountain Home and Paris, Arkansas. This gives us more than 32 Career Centers in Arkansas. These are vital programs and an important part of our workforce training.

Why? It’s simple. They help our graduates land good jobs.

In turn, a better-educated workforce attracts more businesses and industries. That’s a cycle we want to see repeated again and again.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and supporters rallying earlier this year.
Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

A federal judge has ordered Arkansas to temporarily reinstate its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood after the state blocked funding over concerns about secretly recorded videos released by an anti-abortion group.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast
Michael Hibblen

This time on KUAR's Week-In-Review podcast, which looks at the top stories covered each week, the news staff discusses:  

A pharmaceutical company that ended its contract with Arkansas in 2013 after its drugs were purchased for lethal injections is investigating whether the state plans to use one of its sedatives in upcoming executions.

Arkansas' unemployment rate is continuing to decrease.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services said Friday that the state's rate was 5.4 percent in August, down two-tenths of a percentage point from July's numbers. It mirrors a decrease in the national unemployment rate, which was 5.1 percent last month.

The state says employment rose in six major industry sectors in August. The biggest jump came in the government sector, which added 2,800 jobs. According to the state, most of those are attributed to classes starting again at public schools and universities.

Ritchie power plant entergy
Entergy Arkansas

A 51-year-old power plant in Arkansas was brought down in a series of implosions as Entergy Arkansas moves forward with more modern electricity-generating facilities.

The demolition was finished Thursday at the Robert E. Ritchie power plant in Helena-West Helena, a city in the Mississippi Delta region about 70 miles southwest of Memphis, Tennessee.

The plant's boiler and a 450-foot emissions stack were safely brought to the ground on Thursday.

The plant was built in the 1960s and utility spokesman David Lewis says the plant was officially retired in 2013.

The Fab Four from Liverpool – who made a trip through Northeast Arkansas more than 50 years ago – were big fans of the music from the region, an author of a new book about The Beatles said Thursday.

Ivor Davis, who wrote the book, “The Beatles and Me on Tour,” will visit Walnut Ridge Friday and Saturday as part of the Beatles at the Ridge Festival.


Two University of Arkansas researchers working on a promising new material to create more efficient solar cells will lead a corps of Arkansas scientists chosen to develop the next generation of photovoltaic devices used in space missions, the university announced on Thursday.

Arkansas prosecutors have charged two more teenagers in connection with the shooting deaths of their friend's grandparents.

Faulkner County prosecutors filed first-degree murder charges Thursday against Conner Atchley and Anastasia Roberts, who are both 17. Both are charged as adults.

Investigators say Atchley and Roberts were present when Robert and Patricia Cogdell were fatally shot in their Conway home in July.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Education Commissioner Johnny Key posing for picturse with 15 regional finalists.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Four teachers were named finalists for the Arkansas Teacher of the Year Award on Thursday. The governor and education commissioner had praise for the profession, in particular teachers in STEM fields, at a ceremony at the state Capitol. Some educators expressed afterward a belief that the Republican administration’s policies are sometimes contrary to teacher expectation on decision making authority.

2016 State Finalists:

Meghan Ables: 11th Grade English/Literacy, Stuttgart School District