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A permit has been approved allowing alcohol to be served at some events on the Arkansas State University campus.

ASU says Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Control Board Director Bud Roberts approved the permit for the NEA Sports Club of Jonesboro on Monday, conditional on a final inspection of the facilities.

ASU's Board of Trustees in April approved a 10-year lease agreement with the nonprofit sports club allowing it to serve alcohol to its members at Centennial Bank Stadium, the Convocation Center, Tomlinson Stadium, Fowler Center, Cooper Alumni Center and the A-State Pavilion.

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Arkansas’ unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point in June as the state’s civilian labor pool grew by 200 workers, according to U.S. labor force data released Tuesday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

An annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the number of Arkansas children living in poverty is still well above the national average. Twenty-nine percent of the state's children live in poverty. But Arkansas has made strides in health coverage for kids. KUAR's Chris Hickey recently spoke with Rich Huddleston of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families about the findings of the 2015 Kids Count Data Book.

 

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The first trip by an Arkansas state team to the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships resulted in six top 10 placements, including three first-place finishes.
 
In years past, Arkansas sent teams from Lonoke and Sebastian counties, but had not previously fielded a statewide team for the event.
 

A federal judge in the decades-old Pulaski County Special School District desegregation case says the makeup of the newly formed Jacksonville School District is not part of the case.
 
Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. ruled Monday that a challenge to two planned at-large school board seats was "beyond the scope" of the desegregation case. Marshall says the Joshua Interveners, a group of black parents who filed the case, would have to file a separate challenge alleging a federal Voting Rights Act violation.
 

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is temporarily closing the state's nine storefront National Guard recruitment centers as officials review their security following last week's attacks on two military facilities in Tennessee.

Republican Attorney General-elect Leslie Rutledge at KUAR during the 2014 May Primary run-off.
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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has rejected three proposals to amend the state constitution, including two to legalize marijuana.

Both marijuana proposals were offered by Robert Reed. One would allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, possession and use of cannabis, and all products derived from the cannabis plant. The second would end the prohibition against the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, possession and use of cannabis, and products from the plant.

Rutledge wrote Monday that both have ambiguities that led to their rejection.

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board on Monday issued a 67-page “Request for Proposals” (RFP) seeking bids from local banks to finance the first phase a $30 million planned multi-phase downtown development to boost the city’s much-talked about startup and tech community.

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A slate of new laws aimed at reducing domestic violence in Arkansas will take effect this week. Lawmakers and advocates met at the capitol Monday morning to announce the implementation of the new laws. 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will be the next Republican presidential candidate to visit Arkansas. The Texas senator will appear August 12 at the Crawford County Lincoln Day Dinner.

The news was confirmed at the Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner Friday in Hot Springs following the appearance there by businessman Donald Trump. Trump drew a crowd of 1,000 Republicans to hear him proclaim himself the best candidate for the job because of his deal-making ability and because he won’t accept outside campaign donations.

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