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4:28 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Arkansas Board Of Education Integrates ALE Scores For School Grades

Credit arkansased.org

The Arkansas Board of Education decided Monday that students in Alternative Learning Environment schools, or those needing extra academic help, will be included in their districts of origins for the purpose of grading schools.

Following federal guidelines, all schools must now receive a letter grade of A through F based on student standardized test scores.

Board member Diane Zook expressed concern during a teleconference that district superintendents would lose discretion to have separate higher and lower achieving schools for the purposes of grading.

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Aging in Arkansas
3:00 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Increasing Your Retirement Finances

As baby boomers plan for retirement, they often want to know how to increase their finances. If you wait past your full Social Security retirement age, 66 to 67 for baby boomers, you can get 8% more for each additional year up to age 70. However, you will have lost some payments and therefore must live longer to get ahead of those who took the earlier, decreased payments.

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Local & Regional News
2:18 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Search For Missing Searcy Toddler Called Off, Investigation Continues

Police in Searcy have called off the active search for a missing 2-year-old and are now focusing on a criminal investigation into the child's disappearance.

The hunt for Malik Drummond began Nov. 23 when his father and stepmother reported he apparently walked away from their home. Volunteers joined with local police, state police and the FBI in an unsuccessful search for the boy.

Police Chief Jeremy Clark said in a news release Monday that investigators will focus "on the only possible remaining scenarios."

Local & Regional News
12:26 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Big River Steel: Suit Alleging Clean Air Act Violations Has No Merit

Gov. Mike Beebe and other officials at the September groundbreaking for the Big River Steel mill.
Credit Johnathan Reaves / KASU News

A challenge to a $1.3 billion steel mill in Mississippi County could face additional hurdles if a suit against the superproject goes forward, attorneys for Big River Steel said in court papers late last week.

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Local & Regional News
12:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Names Released Of Two People Killed In House Explosion

The two killed in a house explosion in Craighead County have been identified as an 11-year-old boy and his grandmother.

The Jonesboro Sun reports that 11-year-old Slade Owen Gilley and 64-year-old Deborah Gilley died after their home between Lake City and Monette exploded Saturday afternoon.

Assistant Chief Deputy Justin Rolland said three other people who were injured in the blast include another child and two adults and that each is hospitalized in serious condition.

Local & Regional News
9:15 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Winter Weather Advisory For Northern Parts Of Arkansas

Light freezing drizzle and rain along with sleet is falling in northwestern Arkansas.

National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sellers said the Monday morning precipitation was spotty with the heaviest amounts falling in northwest Arkansas, leading to some icy spots on bridges and overpasses.

Sellers said the precipitation is expected to move out of the area by noon.

Several minor auto accidents were reported.

Local & Regional News
8:51 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Midwest Economic Index Dips Again

A survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell in November to 51.3 from 51.8 in October. September's figure was 54.3.
 
After rising in June to its highest level in more than three years, the overall reading has hovered in a range pointing to much slower growth for the overall regional economy over the next three to six months.
 

Local & Regional News
7:22 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Clean Water Violations To Be Discussed In Fort Smith

The Fort Smith Board of Directors is to meet and review a proposed consent decree over the city's violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

 The city is under a federal mandate to eliminate sewer overflows and discharges into the Arkansas River during heavy rains.  

Local & Regional News
9:56 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Governor Spotlights Adoption On Radio Address

The following is a transcript of Governor Mike Beebe's weekly radio address for Nov. 27, 2014:

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Local & Regional News
3:25 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Arkansas County Clerk Ready For Order On Same-Sex Marriage

Pulaski County Circuit Clerk Larry Crane, talking with same-sex couples in May as they were getting marriage licenses.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A county clerk says he's prepared for same-sex marriages to return to the Bible Belt, even if his office is the only one in Arkansas ready or willing to do so.

The office of Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane distributed the largest share of licenses to gay couples when doing so was temporarily authorized for a week in May.

A federal judge Tuesday overturned Arkansas' ban on gay marriage, but she put her decision on hold pending a likely appeal.

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