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1:09 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Garment Manufacturer Expands In Clarksville

A garment manufacturing facility specializing in hosiery is expanding in Clarksville. HanesBrands announced Friday that it will add 120 new jobs with average salaries of $39,000 a year in a $1.4 million  investment at its Clarskville facility. The company says the new jobs brings total employment at the plant to 570 people.

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12:22 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Little Rock School Board Approves $375 Million Facillities Plan

The Little Rock School Board has unanimously passed a $375 million dollar facilities plan just days before the State Board of Education’s January 28th meeting on whether to take over the district.

The board passed what had been a contentious plan to build new schools in both southwest and west Little Rock, and made a renewed commitment to student equality in the district.

The Little Rock School Board approved a facilities plan last night that includes the construction of a middle school in west Little Rock and a High School in southwest Little Rock.

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9:04 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Arkansas Sets Meeting To Develop Air Quality Standards

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has scheduled a meeting to discuss plans for developing a National Ambient Air Quality Standards state implementation plan. The meeting is scheduled on Wednesday in the commission room at the Department of Environmental Quality's headquarters in North Little Rock. The new air quality standards for particulate matter up to 2.5 micrograms in size, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and lead are being added to the state air pollution control regulations in order to comply with federal standards issued by the U.S.

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3:17 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

LRSD School Board President Greg Adams On Possible State Takeover

With the Arkansas Board of Education to decide next week whether to take over the Little Rock School District, district officials sent a letter to board members Wednesday.

Little Rock School Board president Greg Adams says it was in response to recent doubts about the ability of his members to work collaboratively to address problems at six Little Rock schools ranked as being in academic distress.  

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1:57 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Little Rock Port Authority Adopts Sustainability Resolution

The Little Rock Port Authority's board has adopted a resolution supporting the development of a sustainable port.

The resolution adopted on Wednesday directs the port's staff to work with others to implement strategies, plans, processes and practices necessary to achieve and maintain a sustainable operation at the Port of Little Rock.

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1:14 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Arkansas Senate OKs Tax Cuts, Partial Capital Gains Repeal

The Arkansas Senate has approved middle-class tax cuts funded in part with a repeal of a $21 million capital gains tax cut approved two years ago.

Senators voted 30-3 Thursday to approve the cuts, a key campaign proposal of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The proposal reduces income taxes by 1 percent for people making between $21,000 and $75,000 a year.

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1:03 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Snowfall Arrives In Arkansas, Little Rock Expecting Only Minor Impacts

Snow covers the ground in Mt. Magazine in western Arkansas.
Credit Arkansas State Parks / Twitter

A winter storm moving northeast from the Gulf of Mexico brought snow to Texas, New Mexico, and parts of western Arkansas Thursday. The same weather system generated rain in the Little Rock area, but some snowfall is possible in central Arkansas early Friday.

Jeff Hood, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, does not expect road conditions in Little Rock to be significantly impacted.

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10:53 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Gov. Hutchinson: Keep Private Option Through 2016, Study Alternatives

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announcing Thursday morning at UAMS that he supports continuing the state's private option Medicaid expansion through the end of 2016.
Credit Arkansas Times

Arkansas’s Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson is calling for the state’s Republican controlled legislature to keep funding its version of Medicaid expansion, at least for two more years, without adding any changes. Hutchinson revealed his position Thursday for the first time in an address at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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10:49 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Police: 2 Men Escape From Arkansas Jail, Are Back In Custody

Authorities say two men who briefly escaped while awaiting booking at the Jefferson County jail are back in custody.

Pine Bluff police arrested 26-year-old Corderro Foster and 24-year-old Justin Cartwright in an alleged armed robbery on Wednesday and took them back to the jail.

Spokesman Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr. of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says the men knocked down a jailer and bolted out of a door. Law enforcement officials spotted the men several hours later less than a mile away and arrested them.

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5:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Governor Hutchinson To Unveil Private Option Policy, Major Changes Expected

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R)
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

Governor Asa Hutchinson will for the first time reveal to Arkansans what he thinks should happen to the state’s Medicaid expansion plan in a speech Thursday morning at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.. The insurance program for over 220,000 Arkansans – known as the private option - faces a tough three-fourths vote this legislative session, as it did in the last, for re-authorization.

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