White Bluff Coal Plant
Wil Chandler / Arkansas Business

Entergy Arkansas has agreed to replace two of the state’s largest coal-fired power plants with cleaner energy facilities.

As part of a settlement with the Sierra Club and the National Parks Conservation Association, the White Bluff plant in Jefferson County will halt operations by 2028 and the Independence plant in Independence County by be shut down by 2030.

Both lack modern emissions controls and, a lawsuit alleged, violate the federal Clean Air Act.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the state Department of Youth Services say two of the state's juvenile treatment centers will be closed and the five others will be run by private operators under contracts with the state as part of a plan to improve juvenile justice.

Hutchinson said Friday the treatment center at Dermott will close and the center at Colt will be merged into one in Harrisburg.

The state-run centers are separate from county juvenile detention centers, some of which have been plagued by allegations of mistreatment and poor infrastructure.

Arkansas Works Governor Asa Hutchinson Work Requirement
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas has removed more than 12,000 people from its expanded Medicaid program over the past three months for not complying with a new work requirement.

The state Department of Human Services said Thursday more than 3,800 people lost their Medicaid coverage in October for not complying with the rule, which requires them to work 80 hours a month. Beneficiaries lose coverage if they don't meet the requirement three months in a calendar year. Nearly 8,500 people had lost coverage over the previous two months.

Sarah Kellogg

Employers interested in establishing registered apprenticeship programs for their company might find the process a little easier than before.

The Central Arkansas Workforce Development Area signed a sponsorship agreement today with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to act as an administrative middleman for employers hoping to create apprenticeship positions.

Arkansas Community Foundation Chief Program Officer Sarah Kinser

A survey of over 400 Arkansas nonprofits finds that not only has funding decreased, but the money allocated to organizations often has strings attached.

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation and the Arkansas Community Foundation partnered with Communities Unlimited to conduct the poll. Leaders of nonprofits were asked how they are operating while experiencing declines in contributions.

As the giving season begins, thhose who produced the report want Arkansans to keep in mind the vital role nonprofits play in their community.

Little Rock Tech Park
Little Rock Regional Chamber

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority will soon unveil Phase II architect renderings on the city’s downtown startup village, a larger but unfinanced five-story planned development next to the current 38,000-square foot Phase I headquarters at the door step of Main Street.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson
Governor's Office / You Tube

Arkansas's governor is proposing a $5.7 billion budget for the coming year that sets aside money for raising the minimum salaries for public school teachers and for his tax cut plan.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday proposed increasing state spending in the fiscal year that begins July 1 by more than $129 million.

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre

The Arkansas Repertory Theater will return for a new season of productions after financial difficulties forced it to cease operations in April.

On Tuesday evening, The Rep announced its 2019 line-up. Due to a late start, the theater is opting for an abbreviated season. Instead of six main stage productions, there will be four shows as well as one for kids.

Theater Board Chair Ruth Shepherd says appealing to a broad audience is vital to the organization.

Sarah Kellogg

A new program in Little Rock will help pregnant women and new mothers access behavioral health services.

The program, called Home Together, is a partnership between University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Our House, a non-profit that helps the homeless and near homeless in the area.

Steve Inskeep
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

When he's not on the air as co-host of the country's most-listened-to radio news program, NPR's Steve Inskeep is something of a historian.

His 2015 book Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and A Great American Land Grab focuses on the contentious relationship between Cherokee leader John Ross and the nation's seventh president, all while analyzing the conditions leading up to the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the subsequent Trail of Tears.