Arkansas's Drug Czar, the state Attorney General and others are partnering with law enforcement agencies around the state for a Prescription Drug Take Back Event Saturday, taking place at 150 locations. The event is an effort to curb prescription drug abuse in the state, says Fran Flener, State Drug Director.
Flener says in 2008, Arkansas was ranked number one in the nation in prescription sedative abuse among teenagers, according to Office of National Drug Control Policy. That ranking prodded her office to earnestly analyze the problem of prescription drug abuse in the state.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he's worried that conservative activists are spending more energy targeting fellow Republicans than focusing on Democrats, a move he says will hurt the party going forward.
Speaking at the Political Animals Club in downtown Little Rock, Huckabee on Friday complained about conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and Heritage Action focusing on incumbent GOP lawmakers in primaries.
Arkansas’ prison population is soaring to levels never before seen because of a new policy requiring that parolees awaiting a revocation hearing remain locked up until one is held. The change was enacted after a repeat parole absconder was arrested this year for murder.
Shea Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Correction, says this has inmates back up, waiting to be transferred to state prisons.
All this week, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, a statewide philanthropic organization, is hosting a series of activities to mark its major annual fundraising event.
The Power of the Purse luncheons in Central and Northwest Arkansas honor women’s accomplishments and raise money for programs that are improving the lives of women and girls in the state. The final event is Friday in Little Rock.
Arkansas has been ranked 11th in the nation for health risks associated with wildfire smoke and debris, according to new data from the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The nonprofit released a report Thursday showing areas where environmental effects from wildfires have been a problem in recent years. While the wildfire season is over for most of the country, figures place more than 900,000 people in north and north-central Arkansas at risk for a number of health problems, including respiratory infections, cancers and related lung conditions.
The 18th annual Big Boo-seum Bash will take place Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It's being hosted by the Greater Little Rock Museum Consortium and hosted by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.
There will be games, story-telling, candy, and fun. The event will be held at nine different museums in Little Rock.