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6:25 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Clinton Speaks at Southern Governors' Association Gathering

Former President Bill Clinton at the Southern Governors' Association's annual meeting in Little Rock.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Former President Bill Clinton addressed the Southern Governors’ Association’s annual meeting afternoon in downtown Little Rock Friday.

He spoke on the importance of internet access and educational technology in rural and underserved urban areas to achieve a more egalitarian south.

“Nobody in this room who has been alive at a time of fuller possibility than the the present moment,” he said to the group of lawmakers and industry representatives.

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3:37 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Minimum Wage Petitioners Confident In Signatures

Steve Copley of Give Arkansas a Raise Now and the Arkansas Interfaith Alliance.
Credit AETN

Signature gatherers with the non-profit coalition Give Arkansas a Raise Now say they believe they have plenty of valid signatures to get their measure on the ballot this fall. The group seeks to raise the state minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour by 2017.

Last month, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office gave the group 30 days to collect 15,107 additional valid signatures to reach the requisite 62,507 by next Monday, August 18th. Steve Copley, chairman of the organization, says they’ve since collected nearly 60,000 additional signatures thus far.

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2:31 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home In Arkansas To Open This Weekend

The Cash house in October 2012, after much of the physical work of the restoration had been completed.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

After years of fundraising and restoration work, Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in northeast Arkansas will officially open to the public Saturday as a museum.

The country music icon – who died 11 years ago – moved to the house in 1935 when he was three years old.  His family was one of about 500 selected to live in the town of Dyess, which was created during the Great Depression as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. They were sold a piece of farm land at a low price in return for making contributions to the community.

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8:27 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Crematorium Next To Elementary School Raises Objections

Arkansas officials have again tabled a proposal for a cemetery and crematorium next to an elementary school in Pope County. The Russellville Courier reports the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors postponed the discussions at its regular meeting Thursday morning.

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7:05 am
Fri August 15, 2014

State Grants Funds To Eight Arkansas Towns For Improvements

Arkansas has awarded nearly $1.4 million in grants for structural improvements in eight communities. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission announced the grants on Thursday.

The funding is provided to areas where more than half of the population has low to moderate incomes. The six cities awarded grants are Beedeville, Brinkley, Evening Shade, Pocahontas, Tuckerman and Wilmot. Saline and White counties also received grants.

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5:55 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Ross Criticizes Hutchinson's Social Security Record on 79th Anniversary

Mike Ross
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Thursday marked the 79th anniversary of the signing of Social Security and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross used the occasion to assail Republican Asa Hutchinson’s congressional record.

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5:43 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Medical Marijuana Item Certified For 2016 Ballot

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The Arkansas attorney general's office has approved the wording of an item for the 2016 ballot that would legalize use of medical marijuana.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Thursday that the proposal meets state requirements to enable the sponsoring group, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, to begin gathering signatures. A similar proposal was on the 2012 ballot but was narrowly defeated.

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1:42 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

'Game-Changing' Initiative Could Drastically Cut Water Usage For Farming

Dhu Thompson, chairman of Delta Plastics, speaking alongside Arkansas agriculture officials, researchers and company executives at a plant in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Delta Plastics and a consortium of agricultural interests in Arkansas have launched a new water conservation software initiative that leaders say could reduce water usage by 20 percent by the year 2020.

"This initiative is the most important conservation effort we have ever launched," said Dhu Thompson, Delta Plastics Chairman. "‘Preserving our farmland’ has been our company slogan for nearly 20 years. But conservation and sustainability is so much more than a slogan for us. It is a principle that has driven every major operational decision that we have made."

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12:36 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

State Senators Want Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Position Abolished

The empty lieutenant governor's office after the resignation of Mark Darr.
Credit Arkansas Times

Two state senators are leading an effort to eventually abolish the office of Lieutenant Governor. Democratic Senator Keith Ingram of West Memphis and Republican Jimmy Hickey of Texarkana say the plan would save Arkansas taxpayers about 450,000 dollars a year.

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12:33 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Arkansas Logs Coldest July On Record, Data Shows

The National Climatic Data Center says last month was the coldest July on record in Arkansas.

Research shows that the statewide average temperature in July was 75.7 degrees. That breaks Arkansas' previous record of 76.3 degrees, set in July 1967. It's also 4.6 degrees below the 20th century average for July.

The center says Arkansas' average daily high temperature in July was 85.9 degrees, which is the coldest in more than 100 years. The average low temperature in Arkansas 65.5 degrees, the coldest since 1947.

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