The head of the Poultry Federation is calling for comprehensive immigration reform, saying that his industry is currently struggling to find workers.
Marvin Childers said that without reform, the price of food is sure to skyrocket.
“If we don't do something, we're going to drive the price of food completely out of reason for Arkansans and Americans,” said Childers. “We need employees. We need to find a way to make certain that the people that are here that we get them on some path to citizenship.”
State finance officials say an expected drop in corporate income tax collections in May pushed Arkansas' revenue below predictions and below the same month last year.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration said Tuesday the state's net available revenue in May totaled $315.4 million. That's $18.8 million below last year and $24.7 million below forecast.
The state's revenue for the fiscal year that began July 1 is $52.9 million above forecast.
An anti-abortion group based in Texas wants to help Arkansas officials defend the state's 12-week abortion ban before a federal appeals court.
The Justice Foundation on Monday asked to file a friend of the court brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defending the Arkansas law prohibiting most abortions 12 weeks into a woman's pregnancy. The group said it wanted to file the brief on behalf of women who it said had suffered physical and psychological injuries because of their abortions.
Work has begun on a $1 million restoration of the Arkansas state House chamber.
Construction crews on Monday began a historic restoration project in the chamber where the 100-member House meets. The project includes restoring cracked pieces of stained glass, restoring plaster in the ceiling that has received water damage and restoring the House chamber's chandelier. A historic paint analysis has been conducted to return the chamber to its original colors.
File photo of current and former University of Arkansas officials testifying before the Joint Performance Review Committee in January. From left to right, Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration Don Pederson, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Financial Affairs Jean Schook, Chancellor David Gearhart, former Vice-Chancellor of Advancement Brad Choate, former Associate Vice-Chancellor of University Relations John Diamond (behind Choate) and former Advancement Division Budget Director Joy Sharp.
The Pulaski County prosecutor says conflicting testimony from University of Arkansas officials isn't enough to warrant criminal charges under the state's perjury laws.
Prosecutor Larry Jegley reviewed testimony from a legislative hearing last fall about reported problems at the university's Division of Advancement. At the hearing, former UA spokesman John Diamond told lawmakers that school officials ordered him to "get rid" of records regarding a multimillion dollar deficit in the division.
An Arkansas electric cooperative says an Environmental Protection Agency plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants will reduce utility companies' use of coal in favor of more expensive fuels.
The Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation says it was disappointed by the implications of Monday's announcement by the Obama administration to cut carbon dioxide emissions from plants over the next 15 years.
Economic development officials say a new rice mill is headed to Pine Bluff. The state announced Monday that Southwind Milling Co. LLC will build a rice mill at the city's port.
The corporation is part of Optimum Group, which has been farming in Mississippi Delta states since 2010.
Construction of the new mill is expected to begin immediately at the site in the Pine Bluff Port's Harbor Industrial District. Officials say the plant will be operational by February 2015 and will initially employ 25 people.