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5:41 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Report Shows Dire Need For More Pre-K Funding In Arkansas

Arkansas lawmakers review a Pre-K report released Monday.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

A new report presented to a legislative committee Monday says $14 million is needed to raise state funding for pre-K programs to meet cost of living increases. The study also says only about half of eligible children are being served by Arkansas’s early childhood education programs.

State Representative David Kizzia joined Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families to share details of the study with members of the Education Committee. Lawmakers from Alabama and Oklahoma dialed in to discuss the successes of their pre-K programs following increases in funding.

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5:25 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Senator-Elect Cotton: Order Would Hurt Chances For Bipartisanship

Senator-elect Tom Cotton
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

Republican U.S. Sen.-elect Tom Cotton says the president's anticipated move to protect millions of immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation would be "detrimental" to any chances of bipartisanship cooperation.

The Arkansas congressman said Monday he hoped President Barack Obama wouldn't follow through on his anticipated executive order, saying the midterm election should be seen as a message that voters don't support such action.

Cotton defeated two-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor in the Nov. 4 election.

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2:52 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Federal Agencies Grant UALR Academic Distinction

Federal agencies have granted honors to programs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security designated the school as a National Center of Academic Excellence in information assurance/cyber-defense education. Only 65 schools have received the distinction so far.

The federal designation recognizes schools that promote research and produce experts that help reduce vulnerabilities in the nation's information infrastructure.

Local & Regional News
2:45 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Arkansas-Based Tyson Foods Tops $864 Million In Net Income

Tyson Foods headquarters in Springdale.
Credit Tyson Foods

Meat giant Tyson Foods recorded strong revenue growth and profits as it integrates its recent acquisition of Hillshire Brands into an already beefed up food conglomerate.

The Springdale-based protein company posted fourth quarter net income of $137 million, down from $261 million a year ago, on revenue of $10.105 billion. However, adjusted net income per share grew by 24% to 87 cents per share for the latest quarter, up from 70 cents per share for the 2013 fourth quarter.

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11:35 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Crystal Bridges Museum President To Resign

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The president of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is resigning, although he will remain as a member of the museum's board of directors.

The museum announced Monday that Don Bacigalupi will step down as president on Jan. 14 to accept an appointment as the Founding President for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art that is to be built in Chicago.

Bacigalupi was named executive director of Crystal Bridges in 2009 and helped in the planning, collection development and opening of the museum. He became president in 2013.

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11:11 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Mid-South Community College Considers Merger With ASU System

The Board of Trustees at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis has agreed to discuss a possible merger with the Arkansas State University System.

Board Chair Mary Meux Toney said a merger could help the college do more for the city, county and region.

College President Glen Fenter said ASU would benefit from Mid-South's workforce training programs and the college would benefit from Arkansas State's support for funding workforce training programs.

Fenter said Mid-South Community College would retain autonomy if a merger occurs.

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8:23 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Early Season Storm Drops Snow On North Arkansas

Snow coming down Sunday night in Paron, west of Little Rock.
Credit Hannah Holder

An early season snowstorm dropped up to five inches of snow in parts of north Arkansas and left roads slick.

The National Weather Service in Little Rock said Monday that five inches of snow was recorded near Bruno in Marion County after the Sunday storm while 3 1/2 inches accumulated in Cleburne County and three inches in both Izard and Conway counties. Little Rock received just a trace snow.

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2:28 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton Joins Volunteers At Food Bank

Hillary and Bill Clinton during one of the weekend events celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Clinton Presidential Center.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Bill Clinton joined volunteers at a local food bank on Sunday to pack up and distribute boxes of sweet potatoes to those in need.

The community service event was part of the 10th anniversary of the opening of Clinton's presidential center in Arkansas, where he served more than a decade as governor.

Clinton spoke to teams of volunteers who placed about 80,000 pounds of sweet potatoes into boxes to be distributed by the Arkansas Foodbank around the state. The organization estimates that 1 in 5 Arkansans do not know where the next meal is coming from.

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2:51 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Dismang Takes Leadership Post In State Senate And Democrats Place Their Bets

Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe)

The political hierarchy of Arkansas’s state Senate took shape Friday ahead of next year’s legislative session with the confirmation of Republican Jonathan Dismang of Beebe as President Pro Tem.

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11:42 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Little Rock To Open $1.1 Million Soccer And Lacrosse Park

A symbolic coin-toss by Mayor Mark Stodola will mark the opening of the Natural Steps Sports Complex in West Little Rock Saturday.

The city’s $1.1 million dollar investment reflects the growing popularity of soccer and lacrosse.

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