There was some debate between Jonesboro city leaders and officials with Arkansas State University in regards to the construction of at least two conference centers in the town, according to emails obtained by Talk Business and Politics.

Talk Business and Politics on Tuesday requested copies of any and all correspondence between Arkansas State University and Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin about the projects.

Coverage so far has ended for 60,348 Arkansans served by the private option and traditional Medicaid, but of those, 11,292 had their coverage reinstated after it was determined they were eligible.

The U.S. Department of Education is honoring five Arkansas schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for their overall academic excellence.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the honorees Tuesday. The Arkansas schools are among 285 public and 50 private schools that will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington in November.

The Arkansas schools are considered exemplary high performing schools, meaning they are among the state's highest achievers in student test scores and high school graduation rates.

Arkansas officials say they have made their final payment on debt incurred to help fight boll weevils.

The Arkansas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation said Tuesday it had paid off the last $2 million it owed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, three years ahead of schedule.

Eight death row inmates are asking an Arkansas judge to stop their executions, arguing that the state's refusal to reveal where it gets execution drugs is unconstitutional.

The argument, made in a court filing late Monday, is similar to arguments unsuccessfully used by death-row inmates in other states.

But the filing argues that Arkansas new secrecy law violates a previous settlement with the state that ensured inmates would be given the information.

 The city of Little Rock has contracted the Public Safety System company to track false alarm calls more effectively.

Residents can expect a fine of $25 to $500 after three false alarm emergency calls to the city’s communications center.

Little Rock's Treasury Manager, Scott Massanelli, says 95 percent of the city’s 30,000 annual emergency calls are false alarms, mostly triggered by monitored security systems.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson and a delegation of nearly 50 Arkansas business leaders and state officials are in Cuba for a series of meetings with government officials.

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Exactly a week after Gov. Asa Hutchinson unveiled a new initiative to woo more military jobs and spending to the state, the Pentagon on Monday (Sept. 28) released a comprehensive report showing Arkansas ranked near the bottom out of all 50 states in national defense spending in fiscal 2014.

About 41,000 chickens died from suffocation at Arkansas' Cummins Unit prison after a tractor accident knocked out power to the layer houses for more than seven hours.

State Department of Correction Director Wendy Kelley described the accident Monday in her report to the Arkansas Board of Corrections. An inmate hit an electricity pole and the ventilators in the chicken enclosure went offline last month.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on Monday announced “leadership teams” in four Southern states in his bid for the White House. The 2016 GOP hopeful called the organizational build-up in Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia part of a “southern firewall.” Some Arkansas political analysts say a strong showing in the South is critical if Huckabee expects to break through a crowded field and national poll numbers in the low-single digits.