The Arkansas State Board of Education has voted to continue state control over two financially troubled school districts. The board on Friday unanimously approved a proposal to continue state control of the Pulaski County Special and Helena-West Helena school districts.
State education commissioner Tom Kimbrell said both districts still have financial-related issues that require the state's governance. Kimbrell has placed superintendents in each district and established community advisory boards to oversee the schools.
A report released Friday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a job market continuing to improve for Arkansans. The unemployment rate is improved from last month and down from 7.5 percent this time last year to 7.1 percent.
Michael Pakko with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute for Economic Advancement said the data is showing a trend with other recent reports.
A year after the Mayflower oil spill, ExxonMobil executives are submitting a pipeline remediation plan to federal regulators that will include extraordinary integrity testing measures that may take more than a year to complete.
In an exclusive interview with Talk Business & Politics, vice-president for U.S. Pipeline Operations Karen Tyrone said the Pegasus pipeline will be put through inline testing, verification digs, and hydrotesting to stress the pipe beyond any weak points.
The CEO of Little Rock-based Acxiom Corporation says he supports stronger regulations on companies that collect, analyze and market consumer data. In a presentation to investors associated with Delta Trust and Bank last week, CEO Scott Howe said data collected on consumers should be limited to marketing only. He said people should also have the right to deny access to companies that want to collect their personal data.
Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly - who is facing federal bribery and conspiracy charges - has announced plans to resign.
Hesterly said in a letter of resignation that he will resign April 3 because of "health problems, current circumstances and other concerns."
Hesterly and contractor Harry Clemons Jr. of Bearden were charged in January with conspiring to award a federal disaster-relief grant to Clemons to clean up debris following two tornadoes in 2009 in exchange for Clemons making a contribution to Hesterly's re-election campaign.
A new report shows a sharp increase in the number of Arkansas kids being diagnosed with autism.
The study released Thursday says one in every 65 eight-year-olds have the disorder, which is characterized by impaired social interaction and restricted behaviors. The estimate is based on data from 2010.
Eight years earlier, one in every 145 kids at that age in Arkansas were considered to be autistic.
Arkansas officials say more than 33,500 people have signed up for the health insurance exchange set up under the federal health law, well below the numbers they hoped to see before the enrollment deadline next week.
State officials on Thursday said the signup for the exchange, a marketplace where consumers can select health plans, has lagged in comparison to enrollments in the state's "private option" compromise Medicaid expansion.
The Arkansas Republican Party wants to intervene in a Pulaski County lawsuit over how absentee ballots are handled under the state's new voter ID law, arguing that the Democratic attorney general can't properly represent GOP voters.
The GOP on Wednesday asked to help defend a state panel that is being sued by the Pulaski County Election Commission for voting to allow absentee voters additional time to present photo identification if they don't include proof with their absentee ballots.
A federal judge is delaying until December the trial of former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner on charges that she used campaign funds for clothing, cosmetics and other personal items.
U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes on Thursday granted Shoffner's motion to continue her trial on 10 counts of mail fraud, which had originally been scheduled for March 31. The trial is now set to begin Dec. 1.