The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a resolution renaming a Perryville post office in honor of the first American prisoner of war executed during the Vietnam War.
The House passed the measure Monday to name the facility the Harold George Bennett Post Office. The resolution was sponsored by Arkansas U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin and co-sponsored by the three other members of Arkansas' House delegation.
Arkansas farmers are working to salvage the current growing season, but losses in some areas are expected to be huge.
"I've seen estimates as high as over $200 million just on soybeans," said Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Butch Calhoun. Corn and rice were also hard hit when 10 inches of rain fell in east Arkansas on June 29. Repeated rainfall since has further complicated recovery efforts.
Calhoun says many growers are replanting, but that it's risky at this point.
El Dorado school officials are making the case for a pilot program offering alternative high school diploma options. District officials presented their plan for individualized, trade-focused diploma options to a joint meeting of the Education Committees Monday.
El Dorado Superintendent Jim Tucker said an alternative to the GED – that keeps kids in school – is needed.
Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign says he's raised $2.28 million over the last three months in his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, outpacing the incumbent lawmaker in their increasingly heated and expensive Senate race.
Cotton's campaign announced Monday he raised the money during the fundraising period that ended June 30. Pryor's campaign on Friday announced he had raised $1.5 million during the same period.
The National Weather Service says a strong cold front will bring unseasonably cool temperatures to Arkansas along with the chance for flooding in the southern part of the state.
Monday is predicted to be another hot day, but temperatures are expected to drop drastically as the front moves in. Forecasters say that starting Tuesday, high temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s with overnight lows dipping into the 50s in some places.
The cold front is predicted to bring storms, and some areas in southern Arkansas could see 2 to 4 inches of rain through Friday.
Corrections officials say the search continues for a convicted killer who escaped an Arkansas prison more than three weeks ago.
Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson says the agency continues to follow up on tips and reported sightings of inmate Timothy Buffington, who escaped the Pine Bluff Unit on June 21.
But Wilson said Monday that there's been no confirmed sighting of Buffington apart from surveillance video taken the night of the escape. He escaped while doing janitorial work at a house on prison grounds, and officials say he stole a shotgun.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has announced their oral health clinic plans to begin hosting dental residents. UAMS unveiled a new name for the clinic, now to be called the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Oral Health Care. Dr. William Slagle is Director at UAMS’ Center for Dental Education. He says the clinic’s new name honors a charitable pledge.
“We’re really recognizing Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation for their 2 million-dollar gift for renovation and equipment in our center for dental education,” he says.
The following is a transcript of Governor Mike Beebe's weekly address:
Even though wildfires got off to an alarming start earlier this year, the threat of wildfire danger acrossArkansas has fortunately lessened. But because of many factors, including storm damage, many areas are still at risk. In an effort to prevent fires in our State, the Arkansas Forestry Commission continues encouraging communities to join the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise program.
Road crews building traffic islands and hanging signs will close lanes at Little Rock's Big Rock interchange next week.
The state Highway and Transportation Department said Friday that the eastbound lane of Financial Center Parkway from Hermitage Road to Interstate 630 will be closed so crews can build traffic islands amid a construction project.
Work will take place next Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Next Tuesday night, a westbound lane of Interstate 630 will be closed near its intersection with Interstate 430 so crews can hang overhead signs.