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Natural Gas Drilling Mt. Vernon in Faulkner County
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BHP Billiton said Tuesday that it plans to make further spending cuts to its U.S. onshore oil and gas development, pushing the Australia industrial giant’s current U.S. shale play budget down nearly 60% from $3.7 billion to $1.5 billion for the upcoming fiscal year.

Of that operating budget, the Sydney, Australia-based mining and industrial conglomerate plans to spend only $200 million in the Arkansas shale play to maintain ongoing production at 45 natural gas wells that the company has already drilled and completed.

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Top Lockheed Martin executives said they expect to hear a decision in August or September on two high stakes Pentagon contracts that will play a large role in the U.S. military’s future ground and air combat effectiveness, including the $30 billion Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) project that could land in Camden’s Highland Industrial Park.

The University of Arkansas Eleanor Mann School of Nursing has received a $1 million federal grant to increase the number of advanced practice registered nurses.
 
The grant will be paid over three years for the program that's aimed at helping meet the health and wellness needs of Arkansas' medically underserved populations.
 

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas broke ground on a new $8.5 million housing facility on the campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.

The new facility, which houses families of sick patients at the pediatric hospital, will triple in size.

To date, roughly $7.5 million has been raised towards the $8.5 million goal. On Tuesday, Tyson Foods contributed $500,000 and announced it would stock the kitchen pantry of the House for a full year.

The Little Rock City Board of Directors will vote Tuesday on whether to approve updates to the city’s biking plan within the Master Street Plan.

The Bicycle Friendly Committee of Little Rock has suggested adding several bike lanes to streets undergoing repairs, as well as expanding routes, including making plans for a possible connecting trail between downtown Hot Springs and downtown Little Rock. Mason Ellis helped revise the plan.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency says Arkansas renters in counties where homes and property were damaged by severe spring storms may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.

Renters who were displaced from their homes by the storms may be eligible for FEMA grants to help them pay rent for temporary housing. The rental grants are good for 30 days but are subject to review until homes are livable.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also offers disaster loans to help renters repair or replace disaster-damaged personal property, including vehicles.

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A new state law takes effect Wednesday that prohibits Arkansas cities and counties from enacting anti-discrimination measures that are not covered in state law. But a challenge is expected as Eureka Springs city leaders say they will continue enforcing a local ordinance that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 

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.

 

  More facts from the report.

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