State officials and beneficiaries marked 40 years of statewide government investment through the Community Development Block Grant on Monday. The federal program uses funds to improve conditions and opportunities for people with low and moderate incomes.
The state also has discretion over some funds and has spent over $700 million on economic development, museums, and social services like shelters. Raymond Chung works with an edamame company that built a processing facility in the northwest Arkansas town of Mulberry. He praised the state’s capacity to spur development.
For those who may have missed Earth Day celebrations over the weekend, numerous activities and events are scheduled across Arkansas this week. Tuesday is Earth Day. The Day was first celebrated in 1970 to promote environmental awareness.
“For the State Parks everyday is Earth Day...There are programs going on in all the Parks about it that are about being out and taking care of the earth and all that,” he says.
The Republican Party of Arkansas is asking a state judge to uphold a rule change that gives absentee voters more time to show proof of ID after casting ballots.
The state GOP filed a motion asking that the change approved by the Arkansas State Board of Election Commissioners be upheld.
The court papers come in a lawsuit filed by the Pulaski County Election Commission, which argues that the state board overstepped its authority when it approved the change. Both sides have until Wednesday to file responses in the case.
The three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for a central Arkansas congressional seat are running on vows to cut taxes and regulations in Washington, but split sharply on who would be the strongest candidate in this fall's election.
State Rep. Ann Clemmer, banking executive French Hill and retired Army Col. Conrad Reynolds are running for the GOP nomination in the May 20 primary for the 2nd Congressional District. Whoever wins the nomination will face former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays, the only Democrat running, and Libertarian nominee Debbie Standiford.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports that several small earthquakes have been recorded near Fairfield Bay in central Arkansas.
The USGS reports show five quakes with preliminary magnitudes from 1.7 to 2.1 were recorded from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning - each about eight miles southwest of Fairfield Bay. The area is about 50 miles north of Little Rock.
Police say there are no reports of injury or damage.
Governor Mike Beebe is to join Arkansas Economic Development Commission officials and local leaders to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant program.
The program was created by Congress in 1974 and has since provided more than $700 million to Arkansas communities for projects such as community centers, street repair, wastewater systems, local museums, homeless shelters, childcare facilities and libraries.
The new public education standard known as “Common Core” is now being taught in 44 states including Arkansas, but the state is also among 26 states drafting new K thru 12th grade science standards, called “Next Generation Science.”
The latest jobs report shows another of month of positive trends in Arkansas. Figures released Friday by the Department of Workforce Services report the state’s unemployment rate dropping from 7.1 percent to 6.9 percent.
A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a renaming ceremony Friday afternoon for the White River National Wildlife Refuge after Bumpers, a Democrat who was Arkansas' governor during the early 1970s before serving four terms in the U.S. Senate.
Bumpers, his wife Betty, and other family members are expected to attend the event in addition to wildlife service director Dan Ashe.