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Libraries in Arkansas and across the nation are marking Banned Books Week. The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) and Pulaski Technical College have events planned.

CALS is hosting a free screening of The Color Purple at the Ron Robinson Theater on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the screening a dramatic reenactment of an interview with author Alice Walker is scheduled.

In an effort to combat violent crime, two Arkansas cities are among five nationwide being added to the Violence Reduction Network. The program by the U.S. Department of Justice does not provide additional funding, but Chris Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas, says it will allow access to resources and expertise to help police departments in Little Rock and West Memphis.

$6.7 Million Advertising Budget Approved for Arkansas Tourism

Sep 28, 2015

The Arkansas State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission unanimously approved the 2016 Spring/Summer Advertising and Marketing Proposal presented by CJRW, the advertising agency of record for the Department of Parks and Tourism, and Aristotle, the interactive agency of record.

The comprehensive $6.7 million plan includes television, online, radio, magazine, out-of-home and newspaper advertising, as well as public-private partnerships, public relations support and industry outreach.

Rep. Steve Womack, R-Arkansas (far right), at a Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee hearing on February 25, 2015. (U.S. House)

The US Department of Labor is pushing forward a proposed rule to standardize fiduciary responsibility among those who give retirement and financial advice and Arkansas’s congressional delegation is providing resistance.

Gwen Mortiz with Arkansas Business reports in this week’s edition that advisors aren’t always required by law to act in a client’s best interest.

Governor's Working Group on Highway Funding
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Governor’s Working Group on Highways has been meeting for months to discuss possible solutions for short-term, medium-range and long-term funding goals to maintain and repair Arkansas highways. 

Currently, the task force is focused on short-term funding and is seeking to come up with approximately $110 million in new annual revenues for roads.

A Northwest Arkansas-based company is developing blood tests it says will diagnose a range of medical conditions as accurately as current lab tests, but much more quickly and cheaply and from the privacy of a patient’s home.

NOWDiagnostics’ ADEXUSDx product encloses the entire process in a single plastic unit – like a home pregnancy test, but using blood instead of urine. Membranes inside the plastic housing separate plasma from blood cells, performing the same job as centrifuges in the lab, said the company’s CEO, Kevin Clark. Results are available within five to 15 minutes.

Central High School

This month marks the 58th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine’s integration of Little Rock’s Central High School.

KUAR spoke with University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Race and Ethnicity Institute director and historian John Kirk. He said a long desegregation crisis preceded and followed federal troops' presence in Little Rock.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he wants Arkansas to be in a position to take advantage if the United States' embargo with Cuba is lifted - as he heads a trade mission to the country this week.

KUAR Week-In-Review Podcast
Michael Hibblen

This is KUAR’s Week in Review Podcast where we cover the news from the week that was, this edition: September 20-26.

Democratic State Rep. Michael John Gray of Augusta has been elected the party's minority leader in the state House.

Democratic Party spokesman H.L. Moody said Friday that Gray was elected to succeed Rep. Eddie Armstrong as minority leader. Gray represents House District 47 that includes all of Woodruff County and parts of Independence, Jackson and White counties.

Democrats also elected Rep. David Whitaker of Fayetteville as minority whip and Rep. Bob Johnson of Jacksonville as the caucus treasurer.