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The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is one step closer to finding out if it wants to develop the state’s first dental college. The Arkansas Legislative Council Review Subcommittee on Tuesday approved a contract studying the viability of the school.

Provost Stephanie Garner said the college should only move forward if the consultant’s report supports it.

“I think this is the time to evaluate this. The amount is less than $50,000 for the first phase and we would not move to another phase if the consultant said it’s not possible,” said Garner.

A group rally against the bill at the Capitol today.
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A federal judge is holding a hearing this week on an effort to block Arkansas' new law placing limits on the way the abortion pill is administered. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker scheduled a hearing for Wednesday afternoon in the lawsuit by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.

The group has asked for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction against the law, which requires abortion pill providers to follow guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Arkansas achieved a check mark on six of 10 indicators for its infectious disease priorities, placing it above the middle of the pack, according to a December 2015 report, “Outbreaks 2015: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases” by the Trust for America’s Health and by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Little Rock police say a 6-year-old child has died and his aunt faces a manslaughter charge in his apparent accidental shooting.

Police spokesman Lt. Steve McClanahan said the Wednesday afternoon shooting appears to be accidental, but police are still investigating.

According to a police report, officers responding to a reported shooting found a woman standing near a car outside a home, crying and standing over the boy. The child had a gunshot wound to his face, and a handgun was nearby. The child died at a hospital.

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Foster care officials are pointing to a shortage of caseworkers as numbers of children in the state's system steadily increase.

Division of Children and Family Services director, Cecile Blucker, and staff from the Department of Human Services, spoke to lawmakers Wednesday.

They said the number of foster kids has grown by about 700 in the last few months to 4,600. According to Blucker, 7,600 children are protective service cases and are living at home. 

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Hormel Foods Sales LLC is recalling 153 cases of peanut butter made at its Little Rock, Arkansas, factory because of the potential for metal shavings in the jars.

The company issued a statement Thursday saying 153 cases of reduced fat creamy Skippy brand peanut butter may contain small pieces of metal discovered during an in-line magnet check. The products were inadvertently shipped to Publix, Target and Wal-Mart distribution centers in Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Caroline, Delaware and Arkansas.

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Blackhawk helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has delivered two state-of-the-art helicopter units that will provide air medical transportation services to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the California defense contractor announced Monday.

A medical device company is expanding its manufacturing facility in north Arkansas and says it will be adding 225 jobs during the next five years.

Baxter International Inc. announced Thursday it is expanding its Mountain Home facility, which has been in operation since 1964. The current plant is 55,000 square feet and employs about 1,000 people.

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A new ten-year plan to encourage Arkansans to get healthier is pooling the resources of public and private entities in order to combat rising obesity in the state. Governor Asa Hutchinson and other public health advocates and officials revealed the initiative Wednesday.

The “Healthy Active Arkansas” plan introduces a framework to encourage access to more nutritional food options in schools and public facilities, as well as access to spaces in which to exercise.

 

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The Arkansas Department of Health is announcing plans to provide flu vaccines statewide in preparation for the 2015-16 flu season.

The department says each county health unit in the state will be hosting mass flu vaccine clinics during October and in November. The clinics are typically a daylong event when the health unit and community volunteers provide flu vaccine to as many people as possible.

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