Arkansas Life http://ualrpublicradio.org en Arkansas Criminal Justice Project Continues Prison Research http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-criminal-justice-project-continues-prison-research <p>Efforts are underway to e<a href="http://ualr.edu/race-ethnicity/criminal-justice/">xamine the criminal justice system</a> in Arkansas and eventually come up with recommendations to improve state prisons.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">UALR Bowen Law School professor </span>Adjoa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Aiyetoro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is overseeing the project. She’s been working with elected officials and community leaders for nearly a year on research concerning racial disparities in sentencing and treatment at Arkansas courts and prisons.</span></p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 03:11:55 +0000 Malcolm Glover 13543 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Criminal Justice Project Continues Prison Research New Study Combines Education Stats With Personal Stories From Arkansas Women http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/new-study-combines-education-stats-personal-stories-arkansas-women <p>All this week, the <a href="http://www.womensfoundationarkansas.org/index.html">Women’s Foundation of Arkansas</a>, a statewide philanthropic organization, is hosting a series of activities to mark its major annual fundraising event.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:37:25 +0000 Malcolm Glover 13393 at http://ualrpublicradio.org New Study Combines Education Stats With Personal Stories From Arkansas Women Arkansas Poll: State Continues To Lean Republican http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-poll-state-continues-lean-republican <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Results from a new survey of Arkansas residents show people are concerned about ongoing economic instability.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Analysts at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville say the 2013 Arkansas Poll reveals only 63 percent of respondents feel the state is headed in the right direction, a result that is 10 points lower than last year.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The findings released Wednesday also underscore ways the political climate is shifting in the state.</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:02:32 +0000 Malcolm Glover 13342 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Poll: State Continues To Lean Republican Arkansas Teacher Seeks Apology From Catholic School After Gay Marriage Firing http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-teacher-seeks-apology-catholic-school-after-gay-marriage-firing <p>A former teacher at <a href="http://www.mtstmary.edu/">Mount St. Mary Academy</a> in Little Rock is telling the public her story, after being fired from the private high school for marrying her female partner.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tippi McCullough spoke to an audience of supporters and reporters Tuesday at an Arkansas event sponsored by the </span><a href="http://www.hrc.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Human Rights Campaign</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">; a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy group.</span></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 19:59:01 +0000 Malcolm Glover 13274 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Teacher Seeks Apology From Catholic School After Gay Marriage Firing Elder Care Rights Groups Rally At Arkansas Capitol http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/elder-care-rights-groups-rally-arkansas-capitol <p>Supporters of nursing home reform in Arkansas are continuing efforts to get community leaders and organizations involved with efforts to improve elder care facilities.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Organizers of the Tenth Annual Residents&rsquo; Rights Rally assembled on the steps of the State Capitol Monday to commemorate National Long-Term Care Residents&rsquo; Rights Month.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Martha Deaver, president of <a href="http://aanhr.org/">Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents</a>, says the rights and safety of the vulnerable must be protected.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:55:29 +0000 Malcolm Glover 12444 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Elder Care Rights Groups Rally At Arkansas Capitol New Parking Rules In Effect For Little Rock’s River Market http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/new-parking-rules-effect-little-rock-s-river-market <p>Parking enforcement officers will be on patrol in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock all this week to make sure drivers abide by new pay rules when they park.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From now on, parking on the street in the River Market costs $1.25 per hour. Jack </span>Wrenn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> oversees parking enforcement efforts for the city. He says eight new machines will help regulate on-street parking issues.</span></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:25:05 +0000 Malcolm Glover 12426 at http://ualrpublicradio.org New Parking Rules In Effect For Little Rock’s River Market Crews To Change Parking Signage In River Market http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/crews-change-parking-signage-river-market <p>Little Rock officials say there won&#39;t be any parking tickets written for the 2-hour or pay-and-display areas in the River Market District as crews change signage there.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">However, the city says parking meter violations in other areas of Little Rock still will be enforced.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The city is in the process of installing a pay-and-display parking system in the River Market.</p><p>Parking enforcement workers in the River Market District will show drivers how to use the new payment system during the rest of the week.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:56:41 +0000 Associated Press 12233 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Crews To Change Parking Signage In River Market Government Shutdown Strains Financial Resources Of Some Arkansas Workers http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/government-shutdown-strains-financial-resources-some-arkansas-workers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Depending on how long it lasts, the partial federal government shutdown could have a negative impact on the financial wellbeing of Arkansans who already work in low-wage jobs.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:02:34 +0000 Malcolm Glover 12125 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Government Shutdown Strains Financial Resources Of Some Arkansas Workers The Fundamentals Of Adult Literacy In Arkansas: Part Two http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/fundamentals-adult-literacy-arkansas-part-two <p>Recent estimates by the U.S. Department Education show more than <a href="http://nces.ed.gov/naal/kf_demographics.asp">298,000 Arkansans</a> lack basic reading skills.</p><p>Many adults seek out help from tutors because they never learned how to read in grade school. However, a growing number of adults are participating in literacy programs for a different reason.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:56:52 +0000 Malcolm Glover 11556 at http://ualrpublicradio.org The Fundamentals Of Adult Literacy In Arkansas: Part Two The Fundamentals Of Adult Literacy In Arkansas: Part One http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/fundamentals-adult-literacy-arkansas-part-one <p>In Central Arkansas, one out of 10 adults struggles to read. These Arkansans often have a tough time paying bills, understanding street signs, and completing basic tasks because of an inability to comprehend written words.</p><p>For many, this can be an embarrassing secret to live with. However, one organization and its affiliates are taking steps to improve adult literacy in the state.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:55:44 +0000 Malcolm Glover 11494 at http://ualrpublicradio.org The Fundamentals Of Adult Literacy In Arkansas: Part One