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11:40 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Teacher Pay And Insurance Key Issues At Forum For Governor Candidates

Credit Talk Business & Politics

Arkansas' leading candidates for governor say high standards in education are necessary, whether they're known by the name "Common Core" or something else.

Democratic candidate Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson told members of the Arkansas Public School Resource Center on Tuesday that many people mistakenly believe Common Core requires a given curriculum while it is only a set of standards for students to achieve.

Both candidates said they wouldn't lower standards intended to prepare students for college or a career, but would allow tweaks.

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9:00 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Pryor Implies Cotton Wants Minimum Wage Off The Ballot

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor on state Capitol grounds.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is launching what he brands as a state tour focusing on Republican rival Tom Cotton’s congressional record and relationship with his wealthy donors. Speaking outside the state Capitol Tuesday, Pryor linked Cotton with a lawsuit to take a state minimum wage hike off the November ballot.

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4:37 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Escaped Arkansas Inmate Captured Near Kansas City, Missouri

Anael Castro-Hernandez
Credit Pulaski Co. Sheriff's Office

Pulaski County authorities say an inmate who escaped in Little Rock while being taken to a court hearing has been recaptured.

Sheriff's Lt. Carl Minden says Anael Castro-Hernandez was captured Tuesday by U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force members from Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas. Minden says a source provided Arkansas authorities with information that Castro-Hernandez was in the Kansas City metro area.

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4:01 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

El Dorado Recycling Plant To Expand, Add 120 New Employees

Clean Harbors broke ground on Tuesday for a new incineration unit in El Dorado.

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2:49 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Conference Looks At Best Ways To Attract More Companies To Arkansas

Gov. Mike Beebe speaks at Tuesday's Jobs Now conference in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Finding the best ways to attract new businesses to Arkansas was the topic of a conference held Tuesday in Little Rock. 

More than 500 business leaders, educators, state lawmakers and others took part in the Jobs Now conference, looking at what is working and the challenges the state will continue to face.

Gov. Mike Beebe told them the key is having a properly trained workforce.

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12:11 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Arkansas Cowers Under Advertising Barrage In U.S. Senate Race

As political ads fill the airwaves in Arkansas for the state's closely contested U.S. Senate race, many voters say the mute button has become their best friend.

More than 38,000 ads have been broadcast by Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, GOP challenger Tom Cotton, and the political parties and independent groups involved in the campaign. That amounts to $7 per voter, about double the per-voter spending in Senate races in larger states like Georgia and North Carolina, according to an Associated Press analysis.

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7:11 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Lawsuit Filed To Try And Keep Arkansas Minimum Wage Proposal Off Ballot

A lawsuit has been filed with the Arkansas Supreme Court aiming to block from the November ballot a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage.

The lawsuit filed Monday asked justices to prevent the state from putting on the ballot the proposed initiated act, which would raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017. Election officials earlier this month certified the measure for the ballot.

The lawsuit claims the state used the wrong deadline for accepting petitions for the measure, and also challenges the signatures submitted.

Local & Regional News
6:22 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

More Than $1.6 Million In Grants To Help Faulkner County

The devastation after a tornado hit Mayflower on April 28.
Credit James Bryant

Members of the state's federal delegation have announced more than $1.6 million in economic development grants for Faulkner County for expansion of disaster recovery efforts and water, sewer and road infrastructure projects.

The funding is provided by the Economic Development Administration to promote job creation and foster disaster resiliency in communities affected by devastating storms.

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5:36 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Groundbreaking Held For $1.3 BIllion Steel Mill In East Arkansas

From left to right is Osceola Mayor Dickie Kennemore, Mississippi County Judge Randy Carney, Big River Steel and Recycling Facility CEO John Correnti, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, Reverand Tommy Carney and Grant Tennile, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
Credit Johnathan Reaves / KASU News

Work is officially underway to build a $1.3 billion steel mill in east Arkansas that officials believe will provide an economic boon for the region.

"Big River Steel is here!" Mississippi County Judge Randy Carney announced to applause during Monday's groundbreaking ceremony.  

Hundreds of dignitaries, including state and local officials, joined investors, contractors, vendors, and supporters during the event near Osceola.

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3:36 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Meeting Set For Stakeholders Of EPA's Clean Power Plan

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Public Service Commission are meeting next month over the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan.

The public meeting will assess the state's pollution reduction target under EPA's alternate proposals and offer an economic analysis and a grid reliability study.

The federal agency issued its Clean Power Plan proposal in June, which for the first time regulates carbon pollution from existing power plants. The EPA plans to finalize the rule by June 1, 2015.

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