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Hendrix College has received a $26 million gift from the estate of Mary Ann Dawkins of Little Rock. The gift, the largest in Hendrix College’s history, will support scholarships, promote college affordability and launch the school’s fundraising effort to construct a new welcome center at the northeast corner of the campus.

“Not only is today’s announcement a historic moment for Hendrix, it’s an incredible moment for future students,” said Hendrix College President Bill Tsutsui.

Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge, who resigned from his post on Friday, issued a statement today to address speculation on his potential political future.

Eldridge, a Democrat, has been rumored to be considering a challenge to U.S. Senator John Boozman, R-Arkansas, who is up for re-election in 2016.

Conner’s statement, issued Monday afternoon reads:

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Within the next month, Arkansas economic officials may declare an end of the week announcement as either Good Friday or Black Friday.

Arkansas Economic Development Commission executive director Mike Preston said Thursday that his agency has been told by Pentagon officials that an award of the JLTV superproject will be announced on either Friday, August 28, September 4, or September 11.

A consulting group hired by a legislative task force says the Private Option will have a net positive fiscal impact for the state of Arkansas budget of $438 million through 2021.

U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge announced on Tuesday that he would be resigning from his post on Friday, Aug. 21.

He did not announce his intentions for what his next move would be, but Eldridge has been rumored to be considering a challenge to U.S. Senator John Boozman, R-Arkansas, in 2016.

Eldridge, appointed by President Obama to the Western District post in 2010, said he would discuss his future plans after he leaves the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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Six of Arkansas’ First Ladies are teaming up to say “yes to the dress.”

On Tuesday at the Old State House museum, former Arkansas First Ladies Barbara Pryor, Gay White, Janet Huckabee, Betty Tucker, Ginger Beebe and current First Lady Susan Hutchinson announced that they would be hosting a fundraiser on Oct. 6 at noon at the Governor’s Mansion to benefit the restoration of the First Ladies’ Inaugural Gown Exhibit.

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