Arkansas voters could potentially see multiple attempts to legalize medical marijuana on the ballot next year. Two groups are vying to put similar proposed initiated acts before voters in 2014.
This week, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel certified the popular name and ballot title of a proposal from Arkansans for Responsible Medicine. That organization plans to start gathering signatures in an attempt to qualify for a spot on next year's ballot.
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Curtis Coleman is criticizing rival Asa Hutchinson's proposal to phase out Arkansas' income tax as "short-sighted," and says a broader look at the state's tax structure is needed.
Coleman told members of the Political Animals Club on Thursday that cutting the income tax isn't enough to make Arkansas competitive with surrounding states.
Coleman said he thinks cutting the state's corporate income tax and eliminating its capital gains tax are also necessary.
A class action lawsuit by two Pulaski County residents claims the Arkansas Lottery misrepresented the number of prizes being awarded during a time period when a former lottery official was being investigated for allegedly stealing thousands of tickets.
Former security official Remmele Mazyck pleaded guilty last month in federal court to stealing nearly a half million dollars worth of promotional tickets, which he activated, then claimed the winning ones.
Some areas in north Arkansas lost residences, bridges, and electricity as a result of heavy rains and flooding Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. Much of the damage is limited to Benton County where the County Judge has declared it a disaster area.
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Information Officer Tommy Jackson said multiple rescue efforts were needed.
“Those were around residences. There were some swift water, some successful swift water rescues, pulled off during the night and early morning in north Arkansas,” said Jackson.
Manufacturing defects accounting for the Mayflower pipeline rupture have also been named the cause of 12 seam failures that occurred during pressure tests prior to the pipeline's 2006 re-opening, reports show.
The Pegasus pipeline, constructed in 1948, was closed in 2002 to undergo construction for flow reversal. But according to recent documents issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), seam ruptures were spotted in several states during hydrotesting that took place before the pipeline's 2006 re-opening.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is celebrating the opening of the new art exhibit, “Shades of Greatness”, this Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30.
The traveling exhibit has over 30 original pieces of art inspired by the history of the Negro League. Both national and regional artists will be featured. Quantia Fletcher, the Assistant Director of the center says this exhibit is special to Arkansas.