The library is making access to films and music easier for the public. Beginning Monday, the Central Arkansas Library System will offer instant streaming of TV shows, movies, music, and audio books through Hoopla Digital.
The program comes at no cost to those using it and it can be accessed via www.cals.org or the hoopla app on a smart phone. Lee Ann Blackwell, with the library system, says it is important to mix books with the latest technology.
Arkansas's number of flu deaths this season is now 25.
Doctor Dirk Haselow, the state's epidemeologist says he thinks the state's flu season has peaked, but total deaths could top 50 before the season is fully over. He says with more flu season ahead, it's not too late to get a flu shot if you haven't had one already.
File photo of current and former University of Arkansas officials during a legislative hearing on Jan. 7. 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.
Trustees of the University of Arkansas have expressed support for Fayetteville Chancellor G. David Gearhart for his leadership amid a budget crisis in one division.
At their meeting Friday in Little Rock, board chairman Jane Rogers read a letter lauding Gearhart for taking "full responsibility" after the school's fundraising arm showed a multi-million deficit. Rogers said the school is committed to financial accountability and the freedom of information.
Arkansas legislators aren't raising any objections about the rules for enforcing a law approved last year banning most abortions at 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.
Members of the House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Friday didn't ask any questions of state Health Department officials as they reviewed changes in the rules for abortion facilities that will incorporate language from the 20-week ban.
The Republican-led Legislature enacted the restriction last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.
An Arkansas health official says he believes the state has hit the peak of this year's flu season, but wouldn't be surprised if the number of deaths in the state exceeds 50.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Dirk Haselow told a legislative panel Friday that officials have confirmed 25 people in Arkansas have died from the flu this year, and are investigating several more to determine the cause.
Haselow said the age of those killed by the flu in Arkansas has ranged from two months to 77 years.
Forecasters say Arkansas is still at risk for wildfires despite chilly temperatures with subzero wind chill values in some areas. A red flag warning is in effect in Carroll, Benton, Washington and Madison counties.
The National Weather Service says northwest Arkansas will see strong and gusty winds of up to 35 mph on Friday, along with low humidity values of 15 to 25 percent.
Forecasters warn that the dry vegetation and windy weather will combine to create dangerous wildfire conditions through Friday afternoon.