The Arkansas One nuclear power plant in Russellville experienced 234 lower-level and one higher-level safety violations between 2000 and 2012.
The violations were included in a congressional study expected to be released this month showing safety violations at nuclear plants across the country varies dramatically from region to region.
Higher-level violations are more uniform across the regions. The Government Accountability Office report obtained by The Associated Press suggests inconsistent enforcement of regulations could be responsible.
Governor Mike Beebe says for now he won’t call a special session of the legislature to address a 50 percent hike in public school employee insurance premiums. As KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman reports Beebe says the votes from legislators just weren’t there.
As efforts continue in Washington to end the federal government shutdown, more furloughs are being announced in Arkansas. But some of the damage is being mitigated.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Joel Anderson said in an email to employees Tuesday that after initially expecting to have to furlough 196 employees and students who are paid with federal funds, they have been able to find exceptions to the mandate and now only expect 46 to be furloughed.
The Little Rock School District has proposed a settlement that would phase out the desegregation money it receives from the state, but Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said the offer is a "non-starter."
McDaniel told lawmakers Tuesday that the district had recently made the offer to the state. The proposal was issued as the state is preparing to go to trial over its request to end the desegregation payments Little Rock and two other districts receive.
As the federal government shutdown continues, farmers in the state are increasingly concerned that gridlock in Washington, D.C. could negatively impact Arkansas products.
Growers and producers in the state are currently partnering with federal researchers on a variety of agricultural studies.
Travis Justice is a senior economist with the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. He says farmers in state also rely heavily on data from the USDA, information that has not been updated since the shutdown.
Arkansas legislative leaders are counting votes to see if there's enough support for a package of bills that could be considered in a special session aimed at preventing teacher insurance rate hikes that are expected to hit thousands of teachers next year.
The chairmen of the House and Senate Education committees said Monday they hope to let Gov. Mike Beebe know by Tuesday whether there's enough support to pass the measures.
Beebe has said he won't call a special session unless there's consensus on the proposals.