137 Arkansas Public Schools met their Annual Measurable Objectives this year, as announced by the Arkansas Department of Education Tuesday. Last year, 341 schools reached the second-best category of achieving, while this year the number fell to 137.
The results for the “exemplary category," which is top performing schools, will be released Wednesday. Commissioner of Education Dr. Tom Kimbrell says it is important to continue working to lessen the achievement gap.
The American Red Cross has closed an emergency shelter in Caraway that was opened following a Halloween night tornado.
Authorities say there were no injuries or deaths as a result of the tornado that was rated an EF1 with winds between 86 mph and 110 mph.
Mobile units from the Northeast Arkansas Chapter of the Red Cross in Jonesboro and emergency trucks from the Mid-South Chapter in Memphis, Tenn., and the Southeast Missouri Chapter in Cape Girardeau, Mo., were sent to the town.
The Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs is preparing to embark on a $7.8 million renovation that will update exhibits and give the facility a skywalk that extends into a forest canopy on the grounds.
The museum said Tuesday that the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and the Oaklawn Foundation are providing the money.
Construction is to begin during the summer with the skywalk. In the fall of next year, the museum will close for six months to complete work inside the building and install new exhibits. The project has a March 1, 2015, completion date target.
Former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt is preparing to announce whether he'll run for the Democratic nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat.
Witt scheduled a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon to announce his decision regarding the 4th Congressional District seat. Witt has been exploring a run during the past several weeks and has been touring the district.
Arkansas state Sen. Robert Thompson has presented a check for $100,000 to Arkansas State University officials to support the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott.
The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott includes a barn-studio associated with writer Ernest Hemingway and the family home of his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer, whose parents owned the home and the barn on the property.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration released a report Monday showing the state continues to exceed revenue expectations for this fiscal year. The state collected 372.8 million dollars in net available revenue in the month of October, outpacing expected collections by about 8 million dollars. So far the state has collected 37.8 million dollars above forecast for the entire fiscal year which began July 1.
An investigation into the Arkansas Department of Community Correction found “systemic problems” with its parole system. But Gov. Mike Beebe and other officials say steps are already being taken to address people who violate parole, but aren’t being picked up and returned to prison.
A challenge to Big River Steel’s air quality permit by Nucor Steel will delay or could trip up the $1.1 billion superproject planned for northeast Arkansas, but state officials expressed confidence that the steel mill will go forward.