Arkansas lawmakers have approved tapping $1.1 million in reserve funds to make up for a shortfall in a program that helps students pursuing medical degrees that Arkansas schools don't offer pay for tuition at schools in other states.
The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday approved transferring money from the state's Rainy Day Fund to the Health Education Grants program.
The grants help students pay out-of-state tuition for medical programs not offered at Arkansas schools, including veterinary medicine, dentistry and optometry.
A drought-related disease known as blackleg is blamed for the deaths of at least two cows in Arkansas.
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture officials say the disease has caused the deaths of cows in Lonoke and Sebastian counties.
Agricultural officials say the bacterial disease typically appears during drought because the dry conditions reduce forage for cattle - and the animals then graze close to the ground and ingest small soil particles that contain the bacteria.
Officials say one worker is dead after a fire at a northwest Arkansas recycling plant.
The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies' plant in Springdale. The company says three workers suffered burns in the fire and all were taken to area hospitals.
The company said Thursday that one of the workers died at a hospital in Springfield, Mo. AERT President Tim Morrison says the company is providing support to families and employees during "this very difficult time."
Arkansas' highway chief says the state still needs an additional $200 million a year over the next decade just to maintain its roads, despite extra money coming in from a half-cent sales tax voters approved last year.