DHS Division of Children and Family Services Director Mischa Martin points to a chart included in the report showing improvements to Arkansas's child welfare system during a meeting with reporters Wednesday.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A new report from the state says Arkansas is making major progress toward improving its child welfare system, which drew praise from Gov. Asa Hutchinson Wednesday. A few years ago the state had a disproportionate number kids in foster care, workers with unmanageable caseloads and partners who said they weren’t getting the support needed.

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A shift in the population across Arkansas will likely result in political gains for the northwest region of the state and a loss for the southeast in the Arkansas legislature as well as restructure Arkansas’s U.S. Congressional Districts.

During a meeting of the Political Animal’s Club on Wednesday, Jamie Gates, Executive Vice-President of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, outlined the population gains and losses predicted for the upcoming 2020 state redistricting.

Real ID cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. The DFA encourages Arkansans to obtain a Real ID soon if they plan on boarding a plane or entering a federal facility.
Arkansas Driving Tests

Arkansans have less than a year to get a Real ID that will comply with an Act passed by Congress in 2005. The enhanced identification will be required to board a flight or enter a federal facility on October 1, 2020. Congress passed the Real ID ACT in response to the 911 Commissions Report to improve security in both airports and federal buildings.

The University of Arkansas at Monticello says its chancellor will resign at the end of the semester as the school faces a budget deficit amid a large drop in student enrollment.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Monday that Karla Hughes will resign on Dec. 31 after three years leading the school. She is the first woman to lead a four-year University of Arkansas System school.

Gregg Reep, who chairs the school's board of visitors, says the administration told the board that it expects there to be a $1 million to $2 million budget shortfall.

Sarah Kellogg / KUAR News

The Arkansas House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to expel Rep. Mickey Gates, R-Hot Springs, after he pleaded no contest to not paying state taxes.  With a vote of 88-4, Gates becomes the first member in over 100 years to be expelled from the House.

Sarah Kellogg - KUAR News / KUAR

The Arkansas State Board of Education has unanimously passed a motion to place the Little Rock School District back under local control after an eight-hour meeting that ended in anger for many attendees.

Arkansas State Fair
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The 2019 Arkansas State Fair kicks off Friday, running through Sunday, Oct. 20. At the fairgrounds along Roosevelt Road in Little Rock, rides are being assembled and game booths set up. General Manager Doug White says several new rides will be among the more than 60 rides on the midway.

Last year, six days of rain hurt attendance, he said. The fair typically averages 400,000 to 450,000 people each year. This year, White is hoping to exceed that.

education schools
arkansas.gov

Arkansas saw an 11% increase in public schools earning an A and a 14% decrease in schools earning an F on accountability reports released by the Arkansas Department of Education Wednesday. Meanwhile, eight Little Rock schools scored an F. It was the same number as last year, but not the same eight schools.

Those scores had been reported Oct. 4 by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette after it obtained them from the Little Rock School District via a Freedom of Information Act request.

Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker
KATV-Channel 7

A doctor from southwest Arkansas has been arrested on charges of overprescribing opiates and other drugs.

Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday the arrest of Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker and unsealed a grand jury indictment charging the Texarkana, Arkansas, physician with nine counts of prescribing without a legitimate medical purpose. Jordan is to appear in court Wednesday.

Hutchinson
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

As President Donald Trump’s administration blocked a U.S. diplomat from testifying in the impeachment investigation regarding Ukraine, Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson reiterated Tuesday that there are "legitimate questions that have been asked based upon a whistleblower’s complaint."

Hutchinson served in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1990s and was one of the Republican impeachment managers who led the investigation of President Bill Clinton.

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