Ari Sarsalari

The Arkansas Community Tree Recovery Campaign is planning to distribute 10,000 trees to replace trees destroyed by a killer tornado last April.

The campaign is a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Five-thousand trees will be distributed in both Vilonia and Mayflower on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the fire stations in each city.

The trees will include redbud, white oak, pecan, hickory, white oak, crabapple, red mulberry, pin oak, cherrybark oak and willow oak.

Charles Blake
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Arkansas lawmakers are again considering legislation that would end the state's practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the same day.

The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday was expected to discuss the proposal, which would remove Lee from the state holiday honoring King. Arkansas is one of three states to jointly celebrate the two on the third Monday in January.

The panel last month rejected the proposal on a voice vote.

On the heels of announcing nationwide hiring of 80,000, The Home Depot says it is looking for 270 new workers in Central Arkansas.

“Winter temperatures across most of the country are not stopping the world’s largest home improvement retailer from preparing for spring – the company’s busiest selling season. The Home Depot plans to hire 270 associates in Little Rock and 80,000 nationwide,” a media release said.

Eureka Springs Passes Anti-Discrimination Ordinance As Legislature Considers Ban

Feb 10, 2015
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A bill that would prohibit cities and counties from enacting anti-discrimination ordinances not reflected in state law is now headed to the Arkansas House. It was passed Monday in the Senate by a vote of 24-8.

The bill’s introduction by Republican Sen. Bart Hester followed the passage, then repeal of a local ordinance in Fayetteville that included protections for people based on gender identification and sexual orientation.

Anonymous 4 will perform at Christ Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Friday, February 13 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Ann talks with Marsha Genensky, the group's American music researcher, about this program, which focuses on songs of the American Civil War.

The UALR Department of Theatre Arts and Dance presents Scotland Road. Ann sits down with Jay Raphael to discuss the production.

Jimmy Hickey
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A proposal to abolish the independent commission running Arkansas' lottery and put the games under a state agency's control is heading to the Senate for a vote.

The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would abolish the nine-member Lottery Commission and put the games under the state Department of Finance and Administration. Republican Sen. Jimmy Hickey of Texarkana said the change is needed to stabilize the lottery, which has seen sluggish ticket sales.

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An anonymous $10,000 donation will be used to purchase body cameras for the Texarkana, Texas, police department.

The Texarkana Gazette reports the city council on Monday approved placing the contribution in the police department's budget to buy the devices.

Chief Daniel Shiner says the money will help buy about 20 body cameras for officers.

The police department recently was contacted by a resident who wanted to donate the money specifically for the purchase of the body-worn audio and video devices.

Arkansas State Chamber Of Commerce Planning Workforce Push

Feb 9, 2015

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce is preparing a major campaign to call attention to the state’s workforce needs and opportunities, Talk Business & Politics reports. Meanwhile, legislators are preparing to consider a package of workforce-related bills.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed legislation continuing the state's compromise Medicaid expansion, while the Senate has given final approval to creating a task force to look at alternatives for covering those on the program.

A spokesman says Hutchinson signed the funding measure into law on Monday. The legislation reauthorizes the state's "private option" through June 30, 2016. Under the private option, Arkansas uses federal funds to buy private insurance for low-income residents.

The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation aimed at clearing the way for districts to use teachers, administrators and other staff as armed guards and eliminating the regulatory panel that had resisted similar efforts in the past.

By a 33-1 vote, the Senate on Monday approved legislation abolishing the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and School Security Agencies. The measure, which now heads to the House, would put the board's duties under the Arkansas State Police.