Create Bridges

A new pilot program from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service is seeking the input and information from employees in certain sectors.

Create Bridges is a project studying rural economic development, in particular the retail, tourism, accommodations and entertainment industry.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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To make up an $11 million budget shortfall, UA Little Rock Chancellor Dr. Christina Drale has embarked on a rare path of “retrenchment” aimed at re-evaluating the school’s programs, personnel and mission. At this juncture, it may be easier to say what will remain versus what may go away.

Judge Candidates Highlight Issues at Judicial Forum

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Judge candidates for the Arkansas Supreme Court and other circuit court races discussed current issues facing the state’s judicial branch during a forum hosted by the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law on Sunday, Feb. 9.

State Supreme Court associate justice candidates Barbara Womack Webb and Judge Chip Welch shared their most pressing concerns they’d address if elected to serve on the bench. 

Welch, a current state circuit judge, said judges must work to treat those who enter the courtroom the same, whether they have legal counsel or not. 

University of Arkansas

One of the country's most revered novelists has died.

Charles Portis, best known for "True Grit," was 86. His fans included Tom Wolfe, Roy Blount Jr. and Larry McMurtry, and he was often compared to Mark Twain for his plainspoken humor and wry perspective.

Portis saw the world from the ground up, from bars and shacks and trailer homes, and few spun wilder and funnier stories. In such Portis novels as "True Girt" and "Norwood," characters embarked on journeys that took the most unpredictable detours.

"True Grit" was twice made into a feature film.

Kevin De Liban

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously found an experimental Arkansas Medicaid waiver program to be unlawful.

Similar demonstration projects are under development in over fifteen other states. In Arkansas, certain adults aged 19 to 49 must fulfill certain work requirements to receive medical benefits under the state's expanded Medicaid program titled, "Arkansas Works."

The National Weather Service

Arkansas farmers are bracing for another wet winter. Rainfall totals of up to seven inches in parts of the state are already well above average for February. John Lewis, senior forecaster for the National Weather Service, said this wet winter trend began two years ago.

"2018 was the 9th wettest year we’ve ever had in Arkansas, and that goes back to 1895. And 2019 was the 7th wettest, so you had two top 10 wet years in a row and we're certainly starting off that way this year," Lewis said.

election vote
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Arkansans visiting the Clinton Presidential Center on Monday will have the opportunity to register to vote, thanks to a partnership with the Pulaski County Circuit and County Clerk. According to a news release, volunteers will help Arkansas residents complete their registration and check registration status.

Terri Hollingsworth is the Pulaski County Circuit and County clerk. She says the county selected this day because the Clinton Center offers free admission on President’s Day and tends to get a lot of visitors.

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Families affected by peanut allergies— which are often severe, especially for children— now have the opportunity to receive treatment from a drug recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

The drug, Palforzia, stems from an 18-year research effort from the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute on the campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Arkansas Works Governor Asa Hutchinson Work Requirement
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A federal appeals court panel in Washington has upheld a lower court's decision that blocked the Trump administration's work requirements for Medicaid recipients.

Friday's decision from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., found the Arkansas work requirements for Medicaid recipients to be “arbitrary and capricious.”

The Trump administration has allowed states to require able-bodied adults drawing Medicaid benefits to work, volunteer or study. Officials argue that work can make people healthier.

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The U.S. Census Bureau started a recruiting push in Little Rock on Thursday to finish hiring enumerators for the upcoming 2020 Census in Arkansas.

The recruiting push kicked off with a hiring event and press conference at the Little Rock Census Office in downtown Little Rock. Prospective workers filled out applications and learned more about the jobs offered.

The Census, held once every ten years, determines how the government distributes billions of dollars in funds over the next decade to each state.

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