The newly built C&H Hog Farm near the Buffalo River may be getting additional water quality inspections. Governor Mike Beebe says he wants to use $250,000 of surplus money to have the University of Arkansas monitor potential waste run-off from the farm.
The operation is the first Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation in the state. In his weekly radio address, Beebe said the unique designation of a national river requires extra protections.
Organizers are making plans for this year’s Arkansas Sounds Music Festival. The performances will be at the Main Library in Little Rock, the First Security Amphitheater, and various River Market Pavilions on September 27th and 28th.
Susan Gele is a spokeswoman for the Central Arkansas Library System. She says the festival includes some of last year’s performers, as well as many new acts.
Two Arkansas state agencies have discussed whether testing is needed on fish in Lake Conway after a spring oil spill near its banks.
The Game and Fish Commission and Department of Environmental Quality have exchanged emails raising the possibility of tests on fish, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper of Little Rock.
After an Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in March, state officials said the spill did not pose a health hazard.
Sales grew and so did profits, but Bentonville-based Wal-Mart had a rocky quarter as same-store sales struggled and the retail giant warned of a challenging environment.
The company posted total quarterly revenues of $116.95 billion compared to $114.28 billion one year ago. Net income rose to $4.07 billion, or $1.24 per diluted share, versus $4.02 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in last year’s comparable period. Wall Street estimates were looking for Wal-Mart to record $1.25 per diluted share.