Officials in southeast Arkansas are hoping the renovation of an industrial railroad line will help generate economic development in 2014. The rail line links Louisiana's Lake Providence port on the Mississippi River to the Union Pacific Railroad in McGehee.
Governor Mike Beebe (D) used his weekly radio address to call attention to child hunger in the state. Data from the US Department of Agriculture shows Arkansas as one of the top ten states facing food insecurity.
Governor Beebe said 24 percent of children in the state face uncertainty having enough to eat on a regular basis but the state has made progress.
“Through our summer feeding program this year, we fed 64 percent more people than we did in 2012. A total of 3.7 million meals were provided at more than 750 sites statewide,” said Beebe.
The Clinton Presidential Center has logged its 3 millionth visitor. Clinton's presidential library opened in 2009 and became an anchor for the redevelopment of downtown Little Rock.
On Friday, Diarmuid Coyle of Dublin, Ireland, became the 3 millionth person to go through the turnstiles at the center's museum. The center gave Coyle a signed copy of Clinton's autobiography, "My Life," free lunch at the center's restaurant, $100 for shopping at the Clinton Store and a one-year membership to the museum.
All six members of Arkansas' congressional delegation have sent letters to President Barack Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency supporting Gov. Mike Beebe's request for a disaster declaration. The lawmakers say the letter sent Friday supports Beebe's request for the declaration for 15 counties affected by a winter snow and ice storm from Dec. 5-8 that left one person dead.
The letters were sent by U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Representatives Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Tom Cotton and Steve Womack. Pryor is a Democrat, the other five are Republicans.
A new computer distribution program will put laptops in the hands of 800 fourth and fifth grade students in the Little Rock School District.
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette Reports the largest school district in the state, with 25,000 students, will to continue to hand out laptops each year, with the initial four-school pilot program costing the district about 1 million dollars.