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.
After much anticipation, Republican Congressman Tom Cotton is expected to formally enter the race for Senate Tuesday evening, challenging incumbent Mark Pryor.
KUAR’s Michael Hibblen spoke with Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas about what's expected at the event in Cotton's hometown of Dardanelle and the campaign ahead. They also discuss issues that could be used against Cotton by Pryor's campaign.
Arkansas' attorney general says a school district that trained teachers and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus must name the participants in the program.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Monday said that the Clarksville School District was wrong to withhold the names of more than 20 teachers and staff that it had trained to work as volunteer security guards who would carry concealed handguns during the school day.
Arkansas Democrats are welcoming Tom Cotton to the Senate race with a website blasting the freshman Republican lawmaker as "reckless."
The Democratic Party of Arkansas on Monday launched a new site - www.meettomcotton.com - that targets the Republican congressman. Cotton is expected to announce Tuesday that he's running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor next year.