Education News
10:38 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas Gets High Marks on Kindergarten Policy Study


A new study by the non-profit Education Commission of the States on state kindergarten policies finds Arkansas is ahead of the game in many areas.

The kindergarten report's findings highlight the significant diversity that exists in state kindergarten policies across states.

Two areas that were studied were whether states must offer full-day kindergarten and whether children must attend kindergarten.

Emily Workman is the study’s author.

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Arkansas Oil Spill
9:53 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Oil Spill Contained, Crews Focus On Cleanup


Over 100 workers and several vacuum trucks continue to clean up oil after a pipeline operated by ExxonMobil burst near Mayflower on Friday. The oil spill, which has been contained, caused officials in Faulkner County to evacuate 22 homes as lawns and streets in the Northwood subdivision became drenched in oil.

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Equal Pay In Arkansas
7:15 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Report Shows Wage Gap Between Men And Women Narrows In Arkansas

Democratic lawmakers, led by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (Md.), center, spoke about the Paycheck Fairness Act during a Capitol Hill news conference in late May 2012.
Credit Chip Somodevilla

Many women in Arkansas and across the country still do not receive equal pay for equal work. In some instances, the gender pay gap is even noticeable when men and women do the same job at the same company.

National Equal Pay Day is April 9th and organizers say it’s an opportunity to raise awareness about the wage disparities that still persist in the nation.

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Arkansas Economic Growth
6:45 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Survey Shows Economic Growth In Arkansas And Other Nearby States

Survey shows economic growth in Arkansas and eight other Midwest and Plains states.

A monthly economic survey index for Arkansas and eight other Midwest and Plains states jumped last month, suggesting improving economic growth for the region over the next three to six months. 

The Mid-America Business Conditions index hit 58.2 in March, compared with 53.1 in February and 53.2 in January. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he credits the index jump to "the strongest new-orders growth in two years."

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Power Plant Accident
6:30 am
Mon April 1, 2013

1 Killed, 3 injured At Nuclear Plant In Russelville

Arkansas Nuclear One

 One worker was killed and three were injured after an accident at a nuclear power plant in Russellville yesterday morning. The workers were performing maintenance at Arkansas Nuclear One which is owned by Entergy Arkansas. “As we were moving a generator stator which is a very large component at Arkansas Nuclear One. That stator fell as it was being moved out of the turbine building,” says Terry Young, Entergy's Vice President for Nuclear Communications.

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ASU Financial Security Breach
6:29 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Arkansas State University Employees Affected In Tax Return Scheme

Arkansas State University Student Union

Arkansas State University says more than 200 university employees have been affected by tax fraud this year - but the school hasn't yet identified how the employees' personal information was obtained.

Arkansas State first said in February that fraudulent tax returns had been filed on behalf of 27 university employees.

At a meeting of the Faculty Senate last week, ASU human resources employees said that number has grown to 215 at the Jonesboro campus. Arkansas State says it will pay for a credit monitoring system for each identity theft victim for at least a year.

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Arkansas Abortion Laws
6:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Lawyers Prepare For Legal Challenges To Arkansas Abortion Law

Rival legal teams are girding for court battles over the coming months on laws enacted in Arkansas and North Dakota that would impose the nation's toughest bans on abortion. 

From both sides, attorneys agree that the laws represent an unprecedented frontal assault on the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe versus Wade decision that established a nationwide right to abortion.

The Arkansas law would ban most abortions from the 12th week of pregnancy onward. North Dakota's law would ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can first be detected.

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Arkansas School
5:00 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Maumelle Parents, Disappointed With The Pulaski County Special School District, Want A Detachment

Officials say a huge number of Maumelle parents have been voicing their disappointments with the Pulaski County Special School District.

A council meeting is set for Monday night to discuss a resolution to detach itself from the School District and become independent.

Preston Lewis, Ward 3 Councilman, said they’re ready to do what it takes.

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Public Hearings
4:00 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

Officials Want Public To Give Opinions On How To Best Allocate $26 Million Funds

In the upcoming fiscal year, Arkansas will receive about $26 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Officials with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission say they want public’s opinions on how to best allocate the funds.

Spokesman Scott Harding says they are holding public hearings.

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Oil Spill
9:56 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Faulkner Co. Judge: "It Could Have Been Worse"

Crude oil oozing out of the ground Friday in residential Mayflower
Credit KARK News 4

Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson says Friday's rupture of an oil company pipeline in a residential area of Mayflower near Lake Conway could have been much worse than it was.

Workers have stopped the flow of oil out of the pipeline in the North Woods subdivision of Mayflower, and Dodson says he believes the leaked crude is mostly contained. No one was injured, though about 50 homes had to be evacuated.

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