Arkansas has made progress on positive strides against human trafficking in the Natural State during the past year, according to a recent report by a global organization that aims to eliminate the worldwide problem of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
In its 2013 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws, the Polaris Report ranked Arkansas in the top tier of states that have passed significant laws to combat human trafficking.
Arkansas was also recognized as one of the four most improved states, according to the report.
The newly built C&H Hog Farm near the Buffalo River may be getting additional water quality inspections. Governor Mike Beebe says he wants to use $250,000 of surplus money to have the University of Arkansas monitor potential waste run-off from the farm.
The operation is the first Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation in the state. In his weekly radio address, Beebe said the unique designation of a national river requires extra protections.
Organizers are making plans for this year’s Arkansas Sounds Music Festival. The performances will be at the Main Library in Little Rock, the First Security Amphitheater, and various River Market Pavilions on September 27th and 28th.
Susan Gele is a spokeswoman for the Central Arkansas Library System. She says the festival includes some of last year’s performers, as well as many new acts.
Two Arkansas state agencies have discussed whether testing is needed on fish in Lake Conway after a spring oil spill near its banks.
The Game and Fish Commission and Department of Environmental Quality have exchanged emails raising the possibility of tests on fish, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper of Little Rock.
After an Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in March, state officials said the spill did not pose a health hazard.