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U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R) at Little Rock's VA Hospital
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

U.S. Sen. John Boozman told Talk Business & Politics Monday that comments by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump about the family of a Muslim-American Army captain killed in action were “out of line and unnecessary.”

The Arkansas Ethics Commission will meet in Little Rock July 22 to discuss whether Gov. Asa Hutchinson violated state law on campaign practices. If prosecuted and found guilty, Hutchinson could be removed from office.

Little Rock attorney Matt Campbell on March 31 filed a complaint with the commission regarding Hutchinson’s appearance at two events from 7:30 until 11 a.m. on Feb. 29 on behalf of Sen. Eddie Joe Williams, R-Cabot, who defeated his primary challenger March 1.

Medical Marijuana
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The final results from the latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll indicate strong support among Arkansas voters for medical marijuana. 

Outside the Arkansas House chamber in the state Capitol building.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A longstanding legislative battle may be getting easier in the court of public opinion and a future legislative battle has widespread citizen support in one direction. Talk Business & Politics reports.

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll, conducted Tuesday, June 21, 2016, among 751 likely Arkansas voters has a margin of error of +/- 3.6%.

Survey respondents were asked:

A new survey among frequent Arkansas general election voters finds Republican presumptive Presidential nominee Donald Trump with an 11-point lead over Democratic presumptive Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Traffic at Arkansas’ three largest commercial airports improved in May, and shipping on the Arkansas River has recovered from the rain-induced slowdown in 2015, according to information in the June edition of the Arkansas Transportation Report.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
Arkansas Scholarship Lottery / myarkansaslottery.com

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley says he expects the state’s lottery to raise about $84 million to $85 million for college scholarships in the fiscal year ending June 30, a $12 million or $13 million increase over the previous fiscal year, in which the lottery raised $72.4 million for college scholarships.

This month, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery reported revenue of $421.3 million and net proceeds of $74.1 million for college scholarships during the first 11 months of fiscal 2016. Those figures exceeded the totals for all of fiscal 2015.

Little Rock School District Superintendent Mike Poore (file photo).
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Michael Poore has packed up his office in Bentonville where he served as superintendent since 2011. He will soon transition into the role of superintendent for the academically challenged Little Rock public school system that continues to lose students.

UAMS campus in Little Rock.
uams.edu / UAMS

Talk Business and Politics reports

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is about to embark on a critical time for revenue, Dr. Dan Rahn, the school’s chancellor, told members of a newly formed “Friends of UAMS” chapter in Fort Smith.

Confidence among Arkansas consumers about the economy and their personal finances continues to increase, according to the latest Arvest Consumer Sentiment Survey completed this spring.

The report compiled by the University of Arkansas Center for Business and Economic Research twice a year. According to the survey conducted in March, 38% of Arkansas consumers expect their personal financial situation to improve over the next 12 months, up from 28% in September.

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