Faculty from the University of Arkansas System will meet Wednesday and Thursday to begin curriculum development for eVersity, the state’s online university program. Educators will meet at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain for the planning conference.
The Texas Rangers are investigating a police shooting after an officer killed a burglary suspect who was holding a spoon. A Texarkana police spokesman says the officer fatally shot 35-year-old Dennis Grigsby on Monday after a homeowner called 911 to report a break-in. He says the officer confronted Grigsby in the home's dimly lit garage and shot him.
The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission is facing scrutiny for purchasing an advertisement in 2013 for a Democratic Black Caucus publication. Lawmakers moved forward Monday with plans to involve the state’s attorney general after reviewing an assessment of the commission.
Incoming Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton will be serving on the Banking and Armed Services committees when he takes office next year.
Senate Republicans on Monday announced their committee appointments for next year, when the GOP will hold a majority of seats of the chamber. Cotton, an Army veteran who is currently a congressman representing south Arkansas, defeated two-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor last month.
Cotton was also named to the Joint Economic Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Special Committee on Aging.
Tyson Foods named Dr. Christine Daugherty as vice president for Animal Well-Being Programs and Technology on Monday. She replaces Dr. Dean Danilson, who is retiring after 26 years with the company.
Daugherty will oversee the animal well-being efforts at Tyson Foods, company officials said, including leading the company’s commitment to proper farm animal treatment.
Springdale-based Tyson Foods, one of world’s largest food processors of poultry, beef and pork, is a frequent target of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and other animal welfare groups.
Attorneys in a longstanding Arkansas school desegregation case have filed a motion agreeing that special education in the Pulaski County Special School District is "unitary," or substantially desegregated.
The motion was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock by attorneys for the district and others in the case. It asks that a federal judge grant an order that the Pulaski County district is unitary in special education.
Union Pacific Railroad says it will double the speed of its trains passing through Hope.
The Texarkana Gazette reports the company will increase speeds from 30 mph to 60 mph. The speeds will be increased in 5 mph increments until Dec. 22.
A Union Pacific spokesman says the company had been restricting the speeds through the city but is making the change after completing signal and track improvements. He says more collisions occur with slower trains and that drivers will have to wait less time at crossings.
After a week of orientation last week at the state capitol, 40 freshmen members of the Arkansas House of Representatives have a better handle on what to expect in January when the 90th General Assembly convenes.
They now know how to file bills, conduct committee meetings and House procedures, and even where to find the bathrooms at the central seat of state government.
Nearly two years after approving a pair of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country, Republicans in Arkansas' Legislature are weighing additional measures to make it more difficult for women to get the procedure.
A ban on the use of telemedicine to offer the abortion pill, cutting off public funding to Planned Parenthood and requiring more information given to women in person before they undergo the procedure are likely on the agenda for lawmakers next year.