The American Cancer Society is enrolling participants in Central Arkansas for a decades long study this week. This is the third major undertaking since the 1960s.
Greg Broy, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society, said one focus is on changing lifestyles.
“We understand people are sitting more in their jobs, people are more obese in their lives, and their diets have changed. What about people’s lifestyles, their diet, what they’re doing, may cause cancer?” said Broy.
After months of speculation and with great fanfare, Rep. Tom Cotton (R) threw his hat in the 2014 U.S. Senate race, challenging incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Pryor (D), whom he labeled a follower of President Obama and the Washington elite.
Cotton, Arkansas’ first-term Fourth District Congressman, made his announcement in his hometown to a crowd of hundreds of supporters in Dardanelle (Yell County) at a community barbecue dinner.
A heat advisory is in affect for Central and Southwest Arkansas for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and in some areas even 100 degrees, but will feel warmer due to humidity levels.
Senior Forecaster John Lewis says certain groups of people are more likely to be affected negatively by the heat.
"Small children, the elderly, people in general who work outside for long periods of time, should at least consider moving indoors...so the heat isn't as prolonged" said Lewis.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says more than $2.3 million is now available for Arkansas farmers and landowners to monitor edge of field water quality on agricultural lands in watersheds throughout the state.
Funding comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for voluntarily monitoring practices in priority watersheds which have been targeted for funding.
Arkansas State Conservationist Mike Sullivan says the agency is working aggressively to improve the health of the watersheds in the state and the Mississippi River Basin.