Officials in Arkansas have sent a letter to ExxonMobil calling for information about the oil company's pipeline that runs beneath the Lake Maumelle watershed.
The letter signed by Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith, Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines, Central Arkansas Water Board chai Marie-Bernarde Miller, US Rep. Tim Griffin and US Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman refers to a similar May 15 request that they say hasn't been answered.
It comes following a March 29 oil spill of about 150,000 gallons from the Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower.
Noble Impact, an organization that engages people to pursue public service through entrepreneurship, held its first community engagement competition this Friday. The new venture, partnering with the Clinton School of Public Service and the Walton College of Business, launched in Little Rock this month.
Arkansas lawmakers have approved tapping $1.1 million in reserve funds to make up for a shortfall in a program that helps students pursuing medical degrees that Arkansas schools don't offer pay for tuition at schools in other states.
The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday approved transferring money from the state's Rainy Day Fund to the Health Education Grants program.
The grants help students pay out-of-state tuition for medical programs not offered at Arkansas schools, including veterinary medicine, dentistry and optometry.
A drought-related disease known as blackleg is blamed for the deaths of at least two cows in Arkansas.
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture officials say the disease has caused the deaths of cows in Lonoke and Sebastian counties.
Agricultural officials say the bacterial disease typically appears during drought because the dry conditions reduce forage for cattle - and the animals then graze close to the ground and ingest small soil particles that contain the bacteria.