With an appeal to be heard next month, the superintendents of two Arkansas school districts are defending programs to arm teachers and staff.
Wednesday a legislative panel heard arguments about whether having guns on campus is the best way to protect students.
Lake Hamilton Superintendent Steve Anderson told members of the Joint Judiciary Committee that in addition to two full-time armed security officers, his district has had several staff members, including himself, who have quick access to firearms if the need arises.
Arkansas House and Senate leaders say lawmakers will meet for a refresher course on the state's ethics laws after a state senator resigned over his campaign spending money on clothes, home theater equipment and other personal items.
Senate and House leaders said Tuesday they're planning to hold a seminar on ethics and campaign finance laws on Sept. 26. The meeting is aimed at answering lawmaker's questions about state ethics rules and other issues.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is asking the federal government for a major disaster declaration for six counties affected by severe storms and torrential flooding that began earlier this month.
The counties include Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion and Newton.
The declaration would make Arkansas eligible to receive federal aid to help the state, cities and counties recover from infrastructure damage. State-and-federal damage assessments totaled $5.6 million, with nearly all of that cost coming from damage to roads and bridges.
A new training video, informing coaches of how to protect their athletes from heat-related illness, is being filmed Tuesday and Wednesday of this week on Cabot Public School’s football field.
With temperatures reaching the triple digits, everyone is at risk of dehydration or even heat stroke. Athletes are especially vulnerable, but Dr. Dirk Haselow, an Arkansas State Epidemiologist says anyone spending any time outside should be careful.