News en Arkansas's Unemployment Rate Improves to 2009 Level <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latest jobs report shows another of month of positive trends in Arkansas. <a href="http://file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Jacob/My%20Documents/Downloads/Press%20Release-%20March%202014.pdf">Figures released Friday</a> by the Department of Workforce Services report the state’s unemployment rate dropping from 7.1 percent to 6.9 percent.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:29:39 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21989 at Arkansas's Unemployment Rate Improves to 2009 Level Wildlife Refuge To Be Renamed After Bumpers <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a renaming ceremony Friday afternoon for the White River National Wildlife Refuge after Bumpers, a Democrat who was Arkansas' governor during the early 1970s before serving four terms in the U.S. Senate.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:07:32 +0000 Associated Press 21973 at Shoe Company Laying Off 56 In Hot Springs <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A shoe company says more than half its workforce at a Hot Springs manufacturing facility will be laid off, leaving 56 people out of work.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Munro &amp; Co. says the first round of layoffs will happen in June with a second round occurring in July. The company produces the Munro American line of women's footwear and also imports shoes.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year, Munro &amp; Co. closed its Mount Ida facility, putting 85 people out of work.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:02:51 +0000 Associated Press 21971 at US Agency To Reopen Public Comment On Mussels <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service says it will reopen a public comment period on a proposed critical habitat and a draft economic analysis about two mussel species found in 13 states, including&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arkansas.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:59:27 +0000 Associated Press 21970 at Report Shows Racial Disparities in Employment for Arkansans <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State unemployment rates are above the national average and African-Americans are experiencing joblessness at nearly three times the rate of whites according to a report released Thursday. Six percent of white residents in Arkansas are unemployed while 16 percent of African-Americans are jobless. The current overall state unemployment rate is 8 percent. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senior Policy Analyst Eleanor Wheeler said the effect is not limited only to the welfare of individual families. </span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:37:03 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21961 at Report Shows Racial Disparities in Employment for Arkansans Arkansas's Same Sex Marriage Ban Awaits Its Ruling <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A decision on whether or not Arkansas’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage will be re-affirmed or lifted is still being weighed after litigators presented nearly three hours of arguments Thursday. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said he will have a written judgment within two weeks. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking afterward, Jack </span>Wagnor<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, an attorney for the plaintiffs, framed the court’s future decision in the context of similar litigation nationally.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:28:08 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21960 at Arkansas's Same Sex Marriage Ban Awaits Its Ruling What Survey Finds About The Economics Of Race In Pulaski County <p>A telephone survey of residents in Pulaski County shows whites are significantly more likely to be very satisfied with their quality of life and education level than blacks and Hispanics.</p><p>The findings are part of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's annual survey on racial attitudes. <a href="" target="_blank">This year's survey focused on economic issues</a>.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:46:21 +0000 Karen Tricot Steward 21956 at What Survey Finds About The Economics Of Race In Pulaski County Ouachita County Names New Interim County Judge <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The Ouachita County Quorum Court has named an interim county judge after the county's previous&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">leader resigned.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The court this week named Amy </span>Varner-Olvey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as interim leader of the county. She takes over after the resignation of former judge Mike </span>Hesterly<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:53:23 +0000 Associated Press 21919 at Hearing Set In Challenge To Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case before a circuit judge in Pulaski County.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than three dozen people are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas' voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is to preside over the hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in Little Rock.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:46:03 +0000 Associated Press 21918 at ACLU of Arkansas Files Suit Against Voter ID Law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state’s 2013 voter ID law is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Public Law Center. The lawsuit argues the act presents an unconstitutional barrier to voting. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ACLU’s Executive Director Rita </span>Sklar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the law targets populations with poor access to resources. </span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:52:16 +0000 Jacob Kauffman & Colleen Mayo 21901 at ACLU of Arkansas Files Suit Against Voter ID Law