The 22nd annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival began last weekend and runs through this Sunday. A number of award winning filmmakers will be in attendance as well as sports celebrities like Jose Conseco.
In recent years the festival has been encumbered with debt but festival chair Susan Altrui said that’s been turned around this year.
The government shutdown is not the only federal source of delay and insecurity facing Arkansans. The farm bill expired on October 1st but it took until last weekend to appoint conferees to begin reconciling the Senate and House versions of the legislation. The House bill removes funding for food assistance for low income people and is a major point of contention.
Arkansas finance officials say nearly 1,100 state employees are on furlough because of the federal government shutdown, but say that number could change as they double check figures with individual agencies.
Richard Weiss, director of the state Department of Finance and Administration, on Monday said that 1,089 state employees whose positions are paid for with federal funds were idled because of the shutdown that began Oct. 1.
A successful 2006 lawsuit by a legislator blocked General Assembly members from doling out state tax money for local projects. But the practice has survived, with legislators now using planning and development districts
The state has eight of the districts and a legislator's letter of support for monetary requests is either required or recommended in five of them for grants to be awarded.
This week's program, with fill-in host Michael Hibblen, featured several songs from Willie Nelson's new duets album To All The Girls, which will be released Tuesday, Oct. 15. The 80-year-old music legend will be playing in Little Rock on Nov. 21 at Robinson Center Music Hall. One of the artists Nelson recorded with for this album was Rosanne Cash, who will also be playing in Little Rock two days later, on Nov. 23 at South On Main.
Authorities Saturday arrested the man they believe is responsible for a series of disruptions to the power grid in Central Arkansas. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has more.
U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer announced the arrest of 37 year old Jason Woodring of Jacksonville. Thyer said the arrest was made after an explosion near Woodring's house drew the attention of agents who observed a type of blue hose similar to that used in previous incidents.
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe says he expects the number of state employees furloughed because of the federal government shutdown to rise to more than 1,400 next week. Speaking to reporters Friday, Beebe vented frustration with Congress over the shutdown that so far has idled hundreds of state employees.
Arkansas House and Senate leaders are measuring support for a package of bills that would increase state funding to teacher insurance and overhaul the program to avoid rate hikes of up to 50 percent thousands of teachers will face next year next year.
House and Senate members on Friday received a list of bills that are being proposed for a potential special session to address the looming rate hikes.
Gov. Mike Beebe has said he won't call lawmakers back to the Capitol unless there's consensus for the changes.