A proposal to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot after petitions for the measure passed an initial signature count.
Secretary of State Mark Martin said Wednesday an initial count found that 64,000 signatures were submitted for the proposed initiated act backed by Give Arkansas a Raise Now. The group needs 62,507 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot.
The Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital will have a new director for the first time in nearly 20 years.
The hospital says Sean Adams will serve as the center's director beginning in October. He'll also be professor and chief of the Division of Developmental Nutrition at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Adams is now an associate professor at the University of California, Davis, and is a research leader with the USDA's Western Human Nutrition Research Center.
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue and net proceeds have dropped for the second straight year.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports this year's revenue slipped by $29.5 million to $411 million. The amount raised for college scholarships declined by almost $9 million. The lottery projects net proceeds will continue to drop.
Bishop Woosley, director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, said Tuesday the revenue dip can be attributed to drops in sales of scratch-off and Powerball tickets.
A $450 million bridge building project in Little Rock has been halted by the Federal Highway Administration.
The agency wants engineers to explore other ways to ease congestion on the Interstate 30 corridor near the Arkansas River. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports it may take six to nine months for officials to decide whether to replace or rehabilitate and modify the existing bridge.
Republican Attorney General nominee Leslie Rutledge is scheduled to talk about her candidacy to members of the Political Animals Club. Rutledge is to speak to the group Wednesday at a luncheon at the governor's mansion in Little Rock.
She's a former attorney for former Gov. Mike Huckabee and the Republican National Committee who won the GOP nomination for the post in a runoff election in June. Rutledge is running against Democratic nominee and state Rep. Nate Steel, who won his party's nomination without opposition in the May primary.
The National Archives says it plans to release more documents from former President Bill Clinton's administration on Friday, part of a months-long disbursement of White House records.
About 20,000 pages of records from Clinton's two terms have been released since February. The papers are being closely monitored by media organizations and historians as former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton considers a second presidential campaign.