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A popular water park in Little Rock has decided to cancel all future adults-only nights after some became unruly and several fights broke out at a recent event.

Chris Schillcutt, general manager of Wild River Country, said the Saturday event started to get out of hand when nearly 2,000 people lined up to buy tickets around 7 p.m. Tickets were available for 1,500.

A recent trip by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and economic development officials sent a clear statement to aerospace and steel companies about the state of Arkansas, a Northeast Arkansas economic development official said Monday.

Clif Chitwood, an official with the Great River Economic Development group in Mississippi County, attended the Paris Air Show with Hutchinson and other business leaders from around the state.

The air show brought aerospace companies together with suppliers in the civilian aviation industry.

The trip to Paris also brought good news Monday afternoon.

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) on the state Capitol steps.
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Governor Asa Hutchinson briefly chimed in on the subject of Confederate iconography in the hours preceding the governor of South Carolina’s call on Monday for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from its statehouse grounds.

Hutchinson said the flag does not have a place in contemporary politics but did not say it should be removed from South Carolina’s statehouse either.

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is telling education officials to drop the state's involvement in a standardized test linked to the Common Core standards, despite a state board rejecting his request to do so earlier this month.

Hutchinson on Monday directed Education Commissioner Johnny Key to withdraw the state from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium. Hutchinson said the withdrawal was in accordance with a 2010 memorandum of understanding the state signed.

Following a meeting last week with Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson at the Paris Air Show, Aerojet Rocketdyne, a world leader in the development and manufacturing of aerospace and defense products, on Monday announced plans to expand its facility in Calhoun County.

As part of the expansion, the company will add 85 new full-time employees and invest $18 million in new buildings, upgrades, and new equipment, officials said. The addition of 85 new positions will bring total employment at the Aerojet Rocketdyne facility in Calhoun County to more than 630 people.

Authorities have recovered the body of a Missouri man reported missing in the Buffalo National River last week during rough weather.

The National Park Service says search crews on Monday morning found the body of 22-year-old Curtis Miller of Independence, Missouri. The park service says Miller's body was found in sandbar about 2 miles downstream from Grinder's Ferry in Searcy County, Arkansas, where Miller was last seen swimming Thursday evening.

The Searcy County Sheriff's Office said previously that Miller showed signs of distress before disappearing underwater.

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Businessman and reality television star Donald Trump will travel to Hot Springs next month as a keynote speaker for the Republican Party of Arkansas.

The 2016 GOP hopeful will address political leaders and supporters on July 17 at the Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner, the party's biggest fundraising event of the year.

Arkansas GOP Chairman Doyle Webb says he expects Trump to help draw the largest turnout ever for the event.

Trump announced his candidacy last week in New York City. The party announced his visit on Monday.

Tom Cotton
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Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas says he is returning a contribution from the head of a white supremacist group linked to last week’s shooting at a church in South Carolina.

Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Board President Nan Snow introducing the inaugural class.
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Presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton, civil rights leader Daisy Bates, and the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, Hattie Caraway, are among 11 inductees in the first class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame. One organization, the Central High School desegregation-era Women’s Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools, also received the honor.

Poll: Huckabee Tops Hillary, Beebe Bests Boozman In Arkansas

Jun 22, 2015
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New survey data shows Republican Mike Huckabee would beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in Arkansas if both were their party’s respective Presidential nominees, and former Democratic Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe would lead incumbent GOP Sen. John Boozman under a hypothetical head-to-head match-up.

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