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Changes Return Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to Solid Financial Health

Published: 09/02/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The state's unemployment insurance trust fund has recovered significantly and by the end of the year will not owe any money to the federal government, the governor announced. A few years ago the state's trust fund was in debt to the federal government for $360 million because the severe economic recession in 2008 and 2009 that caused so many people to lose work and file for unempl...

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Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Makes General Election Ballot

Published: 08/29/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Makes 2014 General Election Ballot

(August 29, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces that the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment met the signature requirements of Article 5, Section 1 of the Arkansas Constitution. The constitutional amendment needed 78,133 valid signatures; the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment sponsors tuned in 127,265. At this time, the proposed amendment has at least 87,102 valid signatures. There are still signatures being verified; please note the total number of valid signatures may increase.

The Secretary of State has certified the proposed amendment to the County Boards of Election Commissioners. It will be Issue No. 4 on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

Registered voters will decide on the proposed amendment that if approved, would legalize the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol statewide. The deadline to register to vote for the General Election is October 6, 2014.  For information on voter registration, go to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s webpage, www.sos.arkansas.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Training Future STEM Educators

Published: 08/29/2014

Another academic year is underway, and we are one step closer to 2020. That is the predicted date when three-fourths of the jobs in Arkansas will require advanced skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics: the STEM disciplines. In preparation for this transformation, more of our schools are employing the STEM Works Program. High school students who prepare early, by becoming invo...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Training Future STEM Educators

Published: 08/29/2014

Another academic year is underway, and we are one step closer to 2020. That is the predicted date when three-fourths of the jobs in Arkansas will require advanced skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics: the STEM disciplines. In preparation for this transformation, more of our schools are employing the STEM Works Program. High school students who prepare early, by becoming invo...

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Arkansas Research Alliance Welcomes New Scholars

Published: 08/27/2014

Governor Beebe joins the Arkansas Research Alliance in welcoming new scholars...

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Legislature Working on Expansion of Broadband Access in Public School

Published: 08/27/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The legislature has begun the complex task of providing school districts in Arkansas with expanded broadband access. Innovations in computers, phones and the Internet are being introduced at an ever faster pace. Schools with outdated equipment risk falling further behind those with newer technology. One of the first steps toward providing equal educational opportunities to all ...

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Legislators Study Length of School Bus Routes

Published: 08/27/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Almost 60 percent of Arkansas public school students take the bus to school, and each morning they spend an average of about 49 minutes on the bus, according to an extensive survey by legislative analysts. On average, they spend another 49 minutes riding home. The survey was required by Act 1288 of 2013. Under the Arkansas Constitution it is the legislature's duty to provide an ade...

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Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums Projected to Drop Two Percent in Arkansas for 2015

Published: 08/26/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas Insurance Department is projecting that insurance policies sold through the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace will see a net decrease of two percent in premium costs for 2015. This calculation includes the policies offered through the Arkansas Private Option, which will notice a small decrease in premiums, but will essentially remain flat in comparison to 2014. Thi...

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Governor Beebe Announces 35 Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Published: 08/25/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following education appointments: Kim Davis, Fayetteville, to the State Board of Education. Appointment expires June 30, 2021. Replaces Brenda Gullett. Dr. Milton “Olin” Cook, Russellville, reappointed to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Appointment expires May 1, 2020. Christopher Gilliam, Sr., Magnolia, to the...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Arkansas Pays Its Debt

Published: 08/22/2014

Arkansas and America are still feeling the after effects of the Great Recession. Since the global economic collapse of 2008, our State has worked tirelessly to replace lost jobs and restore economic growth. While there are many national factors that influence the speed and scope of any recovery effort, there is a benchmark we are about to reach in Arkansas. Again, we show our capacity to work t...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Arkansas Pays Its Debt

Published: 08/22/2014

Arkansas and America are still feeling the after effects of the Great Recession. Since the global economic collapse of 2008, our State has worked tirelessly to replace lost jobs and restore economic growth. While there are many national factors that influence the speed and scope of any recovery effort, there is a benchmark we are about to reach in Arkansas. Again, we show our capacity to work t...

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An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Turns in Additonal Signatures

Published: 08/18/2014

An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Turns In Additional Signatures

Date: 8/18/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Turns In Additional Signatures

(August 18, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces that An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage turned in an additional 69,070 signatures today.  The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office now has 30 days to verify the newly submitted signatures.  The petition to raise the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 by 2017 was short 15,107 valid signatures after the initial verification process. The initiative needs 62,507 verified signatures to make the November 4 ballot.

 


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Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Turns In Additional Signatures

Published: 08/15/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Turns In Additional Signatures

(August 15, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces that the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment turned in an additional 41,492 signatures today.  The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office now has 30 days to verify the newly submitted signatures.  The petition to allow statewide alcohol sales was short about 17,000 valid signatures after the initial verification process. The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment needs 78,133 verified signatures to make the November 4 ballot.


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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Big Potential for Broadband

Published: 08/15/2014

Arkansas has made great strides in national measurements for health care, excellence in education, and continued economic stability. We will keep building on that progress by embracing the tools, skills and resources necessary for us to remain competitive. One of those vital resources is a stronger broadband Internet infrastructure in our state, especially in our schools. While in the past, co...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Big Potential for Broadband

Published: 08/15/2014

Arkansas has made great strides in national measurements for health care, excellence in education, and continued economic stability. We will keep building on that progress by embracing the tools, skills and resources necessary for us to remain competitive. One of those vital resources is a stronger broadband Internet infrastructure in our state, especially in our schools. While in the past, co...

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Sen. Rapert Appointed to National Insurance Standards Committee

Published: 08/15/2014

August 15, 2014 For information call 501-682-5954 LOUISVILLE, KY. - Senator Jason Rapert of Conway has been appointed to the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission, a national body that reviews insurance policies to ensure they meet necessary standards before being sold to consumers. "I'm greatly honored by this appointment," Rapert said. "The insurance industry continues to go thro...

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Governor Beebe ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Published: 08/14/2014

Governor Beebe takes the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Welcome Home Affiliation Agreement Event

Published: 08/14/2014

Governor Beebe recently participated in the Welcome Home Affiliation Agreement hosted by the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. An affiliation agreement referred to as “Welcome Home”, aims to help The Arkansas State Veterans Home at Fayetteville increase services for residents, reduce costs and upgrade facilities while helping UAMS NW ex...

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Senators Propose to Abolish Office of Lieutenant Governor

Published: 08/14/2014

August 14, 2014 For information call 501-682-5954 LITTLE ROCK - Senators Keith Ingram of West Memphis and Jimmy Hickey, Jr. of Texarkana will lead a bipartisan effort to abolish the office of lieutenant governor when the legislature convenes in January. To abolish the lieutenant governor's office requires voter approval of a constitutional amendment. The legislature may refer up to three propo...

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Prison Officials Propose Construction of New Maximum Security Unit

Published: 08/14/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas prison officials are proposing to build a new 1,000 bed unit with plenty of secure, isolated cells for repeat offenders and inmates who continuously cause trouble. The projected cost is between $75 million and $100 million. Under the state constitution the legislature has ultimate authority to determine spending by state agencies, and will consider the proposal during th...

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Arkansas Veterans Home

Published: 08/13/2014



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Arkansas Broadband Partnership Announcement

Published: 08/11/2014

Arkansas Partners with National Nonprofit Group to Connect Arkansas Students...

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Arkansas Partners with National Nonprofit Group to Connect Arkansas Students to High-Speed Broadband

Published: 08/11/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe announced today that the Arkansas Department of Education has partnered with EducationSuperHighway, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving Internet access in schools. Together, they have conducted the first phase of a comprehensive study of digital-learning readiness and K-12 broadband spending in Arkansas. The initial study results, which focus on Inter...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Leading the Nation

Published: 08/08/2014

While we’ve made great advances as a state in recent years, there are still areas where we sit toward the bottom in national rankings and need to improve. So, although we often see success, we stop only briefly to enjoy it before moving on to the next task. Happily, one of those pauses came along this week with some great Arkansas news. One area where we’ve been low on national lists is in...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Leading the Nation

Published: 08/08/2014

While we’ve made great advances as a state in recent years, there are still areas where we sit toward the bottom in national rankings and need to improve. So, although we often see success, we stop only briefly to enjoy it before moving on to the next task. Happily, one of those pauses came along this week with some great Arkansas news. One area where we’ve been low on national lists is in...

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Arkansas Tourism Industry Continues Steady Growth

Published: 08/07/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas tourism economy grew by 3.35 percent last year and the number of visitors to the state increased from about 22 million to 23 million, according to the state Parks and Tourism Department. Those visitors spent more than $5.9 billion in Arkansas, proving yet again how important tourism is to the state's economy. The previous year's travel expenditures were $5.7 billion....

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Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

Published: 08/06/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant one commutation and six pardons. An additional 47 clemency requests were denied and 18 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates. Governor Beebe issued a notice of intent to grant a commutation of sentence to the following person from a term of 150 years to a term of 80 years in ...

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Arkansas Sees Sharpest Drop in Uninsured Rate in the Nation

Published: 08/05/2014

LITTLE ROCK - A Gallup report released Tuesday shows that Arkansas outpaced the rest of the country in reducing the rate of uninsured residents during the first six months of 2014. Arkansas’s uninsured rate fell from 22.5% at the end of 2013 to 12.4% midway through 2014. This means that approximately 45% of Arkansans who did not have health coverage at the beginning of the year are now insured...

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Governor Beebe Announces 22 Appointments to Boards and Commissions

Published: 08/04/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions: Dr. Jamie Brandon, Fayetteville, reappointed to the State Review Committee for Historic Preservation. Appointment expires June 30, 2018. Dr. Clifton Braker, West Fork, to the Northwest Technical Institute Board of Directors. Appointment expires June 30, 2018. Replaces John Scott. Ray...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Degree Matters

Published: 08/01/2014

In our ongoing efforts to increase the number of Arkansans completing college degrees, a new program shows promise for rapid results. This new initiative, called Degree Matters, targets approximately 6,000 people who have already completed three-fourths of the coursework required for an Associate’s Degree. The initiative has such great potential to make a difference that all of Arkansas’s two-...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Degree Matters

Published: 08/01/2014

In our ongoing efforts to increase the number of Arkansans completing college degrees, a new program shows promise for rapid results. This new initiative, called Degree Matters, targets approximately 6,000 people who have already completed three-fourths of the coursework required for an Associate’s Degree. The initiative has such great potential to make a difference that all of Arkansas’s two-...

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Zilkha Biomass Energy Announcement

Published: 07/31/2014

Zilkha Biomass Energy, a producer of biomass solutions to electric utility customers, recently announced it is building a facility in Monticello, Arkansas. The company plans to invest $90 million in the facility and create 52 new jobs.

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Zilkha BioMass Energy Ground Breaking

Published: 07/30/2014



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Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend, Saturday August 2 and Sunday August 3

Published: 07/30/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3. The legislature created the sales tax holiday by approving Act 757 of 2011. The intent of the act is to help families with children in school, and is commonly known as the "Back to School" sales tax holiday. However, everyone benefits from the holiday, whether or not they have children of...

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Board of Health Revises Immunization Requirements for Young Students

Published: 07/30/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Under new immunization requirements being considered by the state Board of Health, children who will be 11 when the school year begins must have at least one shot against tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria. Public health experts refer to the immunization as a Tdap shot. Parents will be in compliance with Board of Health requirements if they have been taking their children for shots...

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Storm Victims in Three Arkansas Counties Can Apply for State Aid

Published: 07/29/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe has released $300,000 from the Governor’s Disaster Fund to provide assistance to eligible, uninsured victims of the severe storms and flooding that occurred at the end of June. Eligible homeowners and renters who lost their primary residences in Monroe, St. Francis or Woodruff Counties will be able to apply for disaster assistance from July 31 through August...

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Arkansas Drug Director Announces Retirement

Published: 07/28/2014

Program Manager to fill position for remainder of year LITTLE ROCK - Fran Flener, Arkansas’s Drug Director, has informed Governor Mike Beebe of her intention to retire effective this Thursday, July 31. Beebe appointed Flener to the position in April of 2007. Steve Varady, who has been the Program Manager in Flener’s office since 2009, will serve as State Drug Director for the remainder of...

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College-going rate increases by 1.4 percent; AHECB approves new academic programs

Published: 07/25/2014


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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Pursuing International Investment

Published: 07/25/2014

This past week, I returned from what is likely to be my last international trade mission as Governor of Arkansas. The journey to three European countries showcased the full range of all that can be gained through in-person contact with current and potential international investors. My team and I met with long-time partners we hope will further expand their presence in Arkansas. We met with compa...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Pursuing International Investment

Published: 07/25/2014

This past week, I returned from what is likely to be my last international trade mission as Governor of Arkansas. The journey to three European countries showcased the full range of all that can be gained through in-person contact with current and potential international investors. My team and I met with long-time partners we hope will further expand their presence in Arkansas. We met with compa...

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An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Short Valid Signatures

Published: 07/23/2014

For Immediate Release:
Laura Labay, 501-683-3702  

An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage Short Valid Signatures

(July 23, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announced An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage did not meet the required 62,507 valid signatures after the verification process.  They now have until August 18 to gather 15,107 more valid signatures to make the November 2014 General Election ballot.   In order to be considered valid, there must be sufficient signatures from 15 of the 75 counties across Arkansas along with an affidavit filed with us stating the number of Petition Parts and the total number of signatures.Here is a list of what causes an entire page of petition signatures to be invalidated:         
  • Photocopy, not an original;      
  • Not signed by a Canvasser;      
  • A petition part signed by more than 1 Canvasser;      
  • Not signed by a Canvasser under oath;       
  • Canvasser’s verification dated earlier than the date the petition was signed by a Petitioner;        
  • Not notarized;        
  • Lacking a notary seal;       
  • A petition part is lacking a notary signature or is notarized by more than 1 Notary;   
  • A forged notary or Canvasser signature;
  • A notary notarizing his or her own signature;
  • A notary using the Great Seal of Arkansas; 
  • Failure to attach a legible copy of the entire text of the measure to each Petition sheet containing signatures; 
  • Failure to attach the popular name and ballot title to each petition sheet containing signatures; 
  • If litigated, a challenger may claim that the Canvasser failed to sign the affidavit in the presence of the notary; 
  • If litigated, a challenger may claim that the affidavit of the Canvasser is false.
If the petition submitted for signature verification does not contain the required number of valid signatures of registered voters, the Secretary of State will notify the Sponsor, they will then have 30 days to do any or all of the following:   
    
A) Solicit and obtain additional signatures;
B) Submit proof that all or some of the rejected signatures are good and should be counted;
C) Make the petition more definite or certain. The Secretary of State will verify signatures up to 10% above the required number.


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Federal Disaster Declarations Made for 10 Arkansas Counties

Published: 07/23/2014

LITTLE ROCK - United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made Secretarial disaster declarations for farmers and ranchers in 10 Arkansas counties that suffered losses due to flash flooding, excessive rain, high winds, hail, and dangerous lightning beginning on June 29, 2014, and continuing. Qualifying farmers will be eligible for federal aid, including emergency loans. Responding ...

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Governor Beebe Announces 43 Appointment to Boards and Commissions

Published: 07/22/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointment to the State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission: Weston Lewey, Forrest City. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Darin Gray. Governor Beebe also made the following appointments to State boards and commissions: Jennifer Belt, Little Rock, to the Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council. Ap...

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Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Falls Short on Signatures

Published: 07/18/2014

Date: 7/18/2014

For Immediate Release:

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

  

Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Falls Short on Signatures

 

(July 18, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment did not meet the signature requirements after the verification process. The proposed amendment requires an additional 17,133 verified signatures to reach the 78,133 needed to be placed on the general election ballot. The Secretary of State’s Office has notified the petition sponsor that they now have an additional 30 days to collect signatures to compensate for those disqualified during the signature verification process.


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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Summertime in Arkansas

Published: 07/18/2014

With Governor Beebe leading an economic development mission in Europe, this week’s column is presented by Richard Davies, Director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. We’ll entertain about 24 million travelers in Arkansas this year, the vast majority of whom will come from beyond our borders. A great many will visit The Natural State during the next few months, making the most ...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Summertime in Arkansas

Published: 07/18/2014

With Governor Beebe leading an economic development mission in Europe, this week’s column is presented by Richard Davies, Director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. We’ll entertain about 24 million travelers in Arkansas this year, the vast majority of whom will come from beyond our borders. A great many will visit The Natural State during the next few months, making the most ...

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An Act to Increase The Arkansas Minimum Wage Meets Initial Count

Published: 07/16/2014

For Immediate Release:

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

  

An Act to Increase The Arkansas Minimum Wage Meets Initial Count

 

(July 16, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces An Act to Increase The Arkansas Minimum Wage has met the initial signature count requirement. The Initiated Act needed 62,507 signatures; the initial count was over 64,000. The Secretary of State’s Office is now moving to the signature verification stage. Meeting the initial count qualifies the petition sponsor for an additional 30 days to collect signatures, to compensate for any that may be disqualified during the signature verification process.

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State Ends Fiscal Year With Healthy Surplus

Published: 07/16/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Thanks to very conservative budgeting by the Arkansas legislature, state government ended Fiscal Year 2014 with a surplus of almost $79 million. The state already had almost $96 million in unobligated funds left over from previous surpluses. Also, between now and the end of Fiscal Year 2015, which just began on July 1, the state is expected to gain an additional $5 million in int...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Firewise Continues to Combat Wildfires

Published: 07/11/2014

Even though wildfires got off to an alarming start earlier this year, the threat of wildfire danger across Arkansas has fortunately lessened. But because of many factors, including storm damage, many areas are still at risk. In an effort to prevent fires in our State, the Arkansas Forestry Commission continues encouraging communities to join the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise pr...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Firewise Continues to Combat Wildfires

Published: 07/11/2014

Even though wildfires got off to an alarming start earlier this year, the threat of wildfire danger across Arkansas has fortunately lessened. But because of many factors, including storm damage, many areas are still at risk. In an effort to prevent fires in our State, the Arkansas Forestry Commission continues encouraging communities to join the National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise pr...

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Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Meets Initial Count

Published: 07/09/2014

For Immediate Release:

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

  

Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Meets Initial Count

 

(July 9, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin announces the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment has met the initial signature count requirement. The amendment needed 78,133 signatures; the initial count was well over 84,000. The Secretary of State’s Office is now moving to the signature verification stage. Meeting the initial count qualifies the petition sponsor for an additional 30 days to collect signatures, to compensate for any that may be disqualified during the signature verification process.

An Act To Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage is still being counted to see if they have enough signatures to make their initial count. 

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Korean War Veterans to Receive Ambassador of Peace Medals

Published: 07/09/2014

For Immediate Release:

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

  

Korean War Veterans to Receive Ambassador of Peace Medals

 

(July 9, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. – Secretary of State Mark Martin in coordination with the Republic of Korea, and the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs announces a medal presentation ceremony and dinner in honor of Arkansas Korean War Veterans. The event begins at 5 p.m. July 11 at the Association of Arkansas Counties.

 

“Six decades ago, more than 54,000 American soldiers died, 103,000 were wounded and 1,000 are still missing in action. We want all veterans to know their heroic service is not forgotten,” said Secretary of State Mark Martin. “We are honored to be a part of the upcoming ceremony, and proud to see our veterans recognized.”

  

The veterans will receive Ambassador of Peace Medals from South Korean Ambassador Suk-bum Park, the consul-general for the Republic of Korea’s Houston consulate.

  

Ambassador of Peace Medal Ceremony:

  

Date:                           July 11 2014

  

Time:                           5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

  

Place:                         Association of Arkansas Counties

           1415 W 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201

  



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Governor Beebe appoints Andrew Parker to the Game and Fish Commision

Published: 07/09/2014



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Governor Beebe Appoints Game and Fish Commissioner

Published: 07/09/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe has named Andrew Parker of Little Rock as the newest commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. “Andrew is one of our bright, up-and-coming Arkansans who has a lifelong love for the outdoors, is an avid hunter, and a conservationist, as well. He will continue the tradition of insuring the preservation of our natural bounty,” the Governor said....

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Legislature Wraps Up Successful Three-Day Special Session

Published: 07/09/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The legislature wrapped up a three-day special session after approving bills to increase the capacity of state prisons, to hold down anticipated costs for public school health insurance and to impose a moratorium on fast-paced computerized lottery games. The Arkansas inmate population is about 17,000 and is growing steadily. State prison units and many county jails are filled to c...

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Baptist Health Medical Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

Published: 07/08/2014

Governor Beebe recently participated in the Baptist Health Medical Center Groundbreaking Ceremony in Conway.

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Governor Beebe To Tour Brinkley Flood Damage

Published: 07/08/2014

Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Time: Approx. 2:00 p.m. Location: Beginning at City Hall Purpose: Governor Beebe plans to survey damage from the ongoing flooding in Brinkley from torrential rains that began June 29, 2014. Beebe will meet with Brinkley Mayor Billy Hankins at City Hall and then will tour the flooded area. The Governor’s Office is currently awaiting results from ongoing ...

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Baptist Health Medical Center Groundbreaking in Conway

Published: 07/07/2014



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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: European Opportunities

Published: 07/04/2014

This month, I will lead the last overseas trade mission of my administration. It has often been difficult to convince me to leave Arkansas for more than a few days at a time. However, I recognize the importance of these trips, the personal relationships they establish and the economic opportunities they provide for our State. Whether connecting with existing Arkansas companies or meeting new pr...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: European Opportunities

Published: 07/04/2014

This month, I will lead the last overseas trade mission of my administration. It has often been difficult to convince me to leave Arkansas for more than a few days at a time. However, I recognize the importance of these trips, the personal relationships they establish and the economic opportunities they provide for our State. Whether connecting with existing Arkansas companies or meeting new pr...

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Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Pardons

Published: 07/03/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant 10 pardons. An additional 2 clemency requests were denied and 8 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates. The 10 applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. Th...

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Special Session to Address Lingering Financial Issues

Published: 07/01/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The problems being addressed by the legislature in this summer's special session have been building for years. Consistent and sharp increases in health insurance costs have been a growing problem for public school employees for more than a decade. For even longer, dramatic increases in the inmate population have caused budget problems for lawmakers and officials of the state Corr...

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Teacher Retirement Systems Increases Investment in Northeast Arkansas Steel Mill

Published: 07/01/2014

LITTLE ROCK - When the board of the state Teacher Retirement System voted last week to increase its investment in a northeast Arkansas steel mill, it renewed questions about the role of government in private enterprise. For several generations elected officials at all levels of government have emphasized their support for policies that create jobs and promote economic development. Especially d...

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Arkansas Among National Leaders in Growth of Summer Food Programs for Children

Published: 07/01/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Last year Arkansas saw record growth in its programs to feed hungry children over the summer, and the same state agencies and non-profits are hoping to build on that success again this summer. Arkansas had the largest increase in summer meals served to children, of all the states in the country. More than 98,000 children were served about four million meals. The previous summer ...

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Governor Beebe Announces 26 Appointment to Boards and Commissions

Published: 06/30/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions: Greg Ashcraft, Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas Deaf and Hearing Impaired Telecommunications Services Corporation. Appointment expires June 1, 2017. David Avery, Sherwood, to the Arkansas Deaf and Hearing Impaired Telecommunications Services Corporation. Appointment expires June ...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Calling In The Legislature

Published: 06/27/2014

I have called the Arkansas General Assembly to Little Rock for an extraordinary session, often referred to as a special session. There are legislative issues to be addressed before the next regular assembly convenes in January. But before I issued this call, I wanted legislators to be certain that a special session would be completed in three days. Three days is the shortest time that bills can ...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Calling In The Legislature

Published: 06/27/2014

I have called the Arkansas General Assembly to Little Rock for an extraordinary session, often referred to as a special session. There are legislative issues to be addressed before the next regular assembly convenes in January. But before I issued this call, I wanted legislators to be certain that a special session would be completed in three days. Three days is the shortest time that bills can ...

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See You at the Fair

Published: 06/25/2014

For Immediate Release:
 
Laura Labay, 501-683-3702
 
(June 25, 2014) Little Rock, Ark. –Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin proudly announces “See You at the Fair,” a new exhibit featured at the State Capitol.
 
Secretary Martin salutes the Livestock Show Association’s 75-year tenure. The summer exhibit features: rare pictures, instruments autographed by stars who have appeared at the Fairgrounds’ famed Barton Coliseum venue, a saddle presented to the Fair’s Rodeo Queen of 1966 and a muslin “horse blanket” used to publicize the first fair held in Hot Springs in 1906.
 
“Arkansas has had a long history of livestock shows and state fairs.  It is not just fun and games; not only does it generate revenue for our local economy, up to $16 million in 2013 alone, but behind the scenes this is a serious business of making Arkansas farmers competitive in world markets,“ said Secretary Martin.
 
The exhibit is on display in the Capitol’s first-floor galleries now through Labor Day.
 
Capitol Hours:
 
8a.m.-5p.m. Monday-Friday
 
10a.m.-5p.m. Saturday-Sunday

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Ask the Governor, The Governor's School

Published: 06/25/2014

Students who are part of the Governor's School, A summer program for high...

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Teacher Workshop at the State Capitol

Published: 06/24/2014

For Immediate Release:
Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

Little Rock, Ark. – Secretary of State Mark Martin is pleased to announce the availability of an ADE approved three hour teacher workshop at the State Capitol this Wednesday, June 25 in the Old Supreme Court Room from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. This workshop is worth two hours of ADE approved Arkansas History credit.

Learn about the FREE resources available to you and how to use the State Capitol to teach Arkansas History, Government and American History.
Agenda includes:
  • How to Make the Most of Your Capitol Field Trip
  • Beyond State Symbol Activity Books: An Overview of Programs and Materials
  • On-Line Resources for Arkansas History, Civics and Government

To attend contact:
Lisa Watson
501-682-5279
lisa.watson@sos.arkansas.gov

* To order educational materials go to the links below:
http://www.soskids.arkansas.gov/
http://www.soskids.arkansas.gov/general-order-form/index.html


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Governor Beebe Calls Special Session to Address Public School Employee Health Insurance and Jail Overcrowding

Published: 06/24/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe issued a call Tuesday to bring the Arkansas General Assembly into a special session to provide funding that will open more inmate beds and improve the viability of the Public School Employee Life and Health Insurance Program. The special session will begin on Monday, June 30 at 4:00 p.m. The call includes bills that, if approved, will do the following: - Pr...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: A Milestone in Veterans Care

Published: 06/20/2014

I, like most Americans, am deeply concerned about the recent revelations of systemic problems and allegations of misconduct within our U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The men and women who have served our country are forced to maneuver a health-care system with a massive backlog, outdated equipment and, sometimes, dangerously long waits at V.A. hospitals. Federal leaders must find the solut...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: A Milestone in Veterans Care

Published: 06/20/2014

I, like most Americans, am deeply concerned about the recent revelations of systemic problems and allegations of misconduct within our U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The men and women who have served our country are forced to maneuver a health-care system with a massive backlog, outdated equipment and, sometimes, dangerously long waits at V.A. hospitals. Federal leaders must find the solut...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: New Jobs Across Arkansas

Published: 06/13/2014

Because of a recent wave of economic development announcements, Arkansas has a lot to celebrate. In the past few weeks alone, six businesses have revealed plans that collectively add more than 1,600 jobs and $140 million in investments throughout the State. In Fort Smith, transportation company ArcBest Corp. and Georgia-Pacific’s Dixie plant will bring more than 1,000 new jobs to Sebastian C...

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Governor Beebe Calls for Arkansas Schools to Regain Access to Statewide Broadband Network

Published: 06/13/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today called for a change in Arkansas law to restore the opportunity for school districts to access an existing statewide broadband network. His comments came as the Arkansas Board of Education adopted the Arkansas Digital Learning Study at their Friday meeting. Beebe has endorsed the report as well. In 2011, the passage of Act 1050 created an exemption that ...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: New Jobs Across Arkansas

Published: 06/13/2014

Because of a recent wave of economic development announcements, Arkansas has a lot to celebrate. In the past few weeks alone, six businesses have revealed plans that collectively add more than 1,600 jobs and $140 million in investments throughout the State. In Fort Smith, transportation company ArcBest Corp. and Georgia-Pacific’s Dixie plant will bring more than 1,000 new jobs to Sebastian C...

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Arkansas National Gaurd Youth Challenge Graduation

Published: 06/12/2014



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Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge Program Graduation

Published: 06/12/2014

Governor Beebe today participated in the Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge Program Graduation in North Little Rock.

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Governor Beebe Announces 16 Appointment to Boards and Commissions

Published: 06/11/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions: Sherri Chaple, Rogers, to the Arkansas Apprenticeship Coordination Steering Committee. Appointment expires December 1, 2016. Replaces Don Keathley. Jerri Clark, Cabot, to the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Advisory Committee. Appointment expires October 1, 2015. Replaces Codie Molloy...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Keeping Arkansas Beautiful for 25 Years

Published: 06/06/2014

On June 13, 1989, Governor Bill Clinton signed an executive order creating the Keep Arkansas Beautiful program. It began as a statewide litter-prevention and recycling initiative. Since then, the nonprofit organization has grown significantly while working with communities statewide, helping them become stewards of their local environments. Arkansas has a history of protecting and nurturing o...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Keeping Arkansas Beautiful for 25 Years

Published: 06/06/2014

On June 13, 1989, Governor Bill Clinton signed an executive order creating the Keep Arkansas Beautiful program. It began as a statewide litter-prevention and recycling initiative. Since then, the nonprofit organization has grown significantly while working with communities statewide, helping them become stewards of their local environments. Arkansas has a history of protecting and nurturing o...

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Cleburne County Library Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Published: 06/04/2014

Governor Beebe participates in the Cleburne County Library Ribbon-Cutting...

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Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Pardons

Published: 06/03/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced his intent to grant eight pardons. An additional 49 clemency requests were denied and 20 had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates. The eight applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole-and-probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their senten...

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Impact of Energy Legislation Is Gradually Being Felt in Arkansas

Published: 06/03/2014

May 30, 2014 LITTLE ROCK - It can take several years before the effects of legislation is fully appreciated, and that has been the case with the package of energy bills approved last year by the legislature. For example, Arkansas now has a handful of stations that sell compressed natural gas (CNG), and thanks to rebates and incentives in Act 532 of 2013 there likely will be more in the near fu...

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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Healthy Results

Published: 05/30/2014

While we have been talking about Arkansas’s Private Option health-insurance program for a long time now, it’s actually only been active for five months. Those who work but can’t otherwise afford health insurance have only been signing up for eight months. Still, we are beginning to get some real data about our progress so far, and there is encouragement that this trailblazing experiment ca...

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Boys State at the State Capitol 2014

Published: 05/30/2014



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Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Healthy Results

Published: 05/30/2014

While we have been talking about Arkansas’s Private Option health-insurance program for a long time now, it’s actually only been active for five months. Those who work but can’t otherwise afford health insurance have only been signing up for eight months. Still, we are beginning to get some real data about our progress so far, and there is encouragement that this trailblazing experiment ca...

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Girls State at the State Capitol 2014

Published: 05/29/2014



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ADHE scholarships deadline June 1

Published: 05/28/2014


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Girls State Swearing-in Ceremony 2014

Published: 05/28/2014

Governor Beebe addresses the 2014 Girls State Swearing-in Ceremony at Harding...

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Deadline Approaching for Lottery Scholarship Applications

Published: 05/27/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The deadline for applying for Academic Challenge Scholarships is June 1, and the applications are available online at the website of the state Higher Education Department. That address is: www.adhe.edu High school graduates who intend to go to an Arkansas college or university are eligible if their grade point average is 2.5 on a scale of 4.0, with an "A" being a 4.0 and a "B" b...

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Voters Must Show Photo ID to Get a Ballot for May 20 Primaries

Published: 05/15/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas citizens who go to the polls on May 20 to vote in the preferential primary elections must present a government-issued photo ID in order to get a ballot. People who vote early between now and election day will also have to show a photo ID. The May 20 primary will be the first statewide election in Arkansas conducted under the provisions of Act 595 of 2013, which requires v...

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Unauthorized Letter Sent to Voters

Published: 05/13/2014

For Immediate Release

Laura Labay, 501-683-3702

 

Unauthorized Letter Sent to Voters

 

(May 12, 2014) LITTLE ROCK, AR — Secretary of State Mark Martin wants to inform the public that a letter claiming to be from the Arkansas State Voter Program is circulating in Arkansas. This letter was not issued or authorized by the Secretary of State's Election Division, nor is this program from a registered business entity in the state of Arkansas.

 

If you have received a letter from the Arkansas State Voter Program, please contact the Attorney General's Office at 501-682-2007 for further investigation.



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Governor Beebe greets President Obama

Published: 05/07/2014

Governor Beebe, along with Sen. Mark Pryor, Rep. Tim Griffin and Little Rock...

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Senator Bryan King to Hold Press Conference on Private Option

Published: 05/06/2014

May 6, 2014 For information call Senator Bryan B. King: 870-480-3155 LITTLE ROCK - Senator Bryan B. King of Green Forest and Representative Joe Farrer of Austin will hold a press conference concerning the Arkansas Private Option, which implements the federal Affordable Care Act, at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Old Supreme Court room of the state Capitol. King and Farrer voted against the pri...

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Legislative Task Force Working on Changes to School Health Insurance System

Published: 05/06/2014

LITTLE ROCK - A legislative task force is working on structural changes to the public school employees' health insurance system, in an effort to keep it financially sound and to prevent dramatic increases in premiums for teachers and school staff. The changes under consideration include higher deductibles and increased employee contributions. Removing part-time employees from the plan could sav...

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Legislative Council Votes to Fund More Governor's Distinguished Scholarshps

Published: 05/06/2014

LITTLE ROCK - The Legislative Council approved dipping into a rainy day fund to pay for an additional 193 Governor's Distinguished Scholarships next fall. The state had enough funding for 300 scholarships, but more students were eligible this year and decided to attend an Arkansas university. Usually about 20 percent of eligible students leave the state, or the country, for college. If they don'...

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Declining Lottery Sales Prompts Debate Over Monitor Games

Published: 05/06/2014

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas lottery sales, which finance college scholarships, have steadily declined since the first tickets were sold in 2009. Lottery officials and legislators expected a drop off because other states with lotteries experienced the same reduction in sales after the initial excitement wore off. In the past couple of years, revenue for scholarships in Arkansas has declined from almost...

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ADHE extends scholarship application deadlines to July 1 for Faulkner, Independence, Randolph, Pulaski, White County residents

Published: 05/05/2014


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Verizon Jobs Announcement

Published: 05/05/2014

Governor Beebe joins Verizon in announcing the addition of 300 jobs in Arkansas.

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