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 House approves ending Private Option in 2016
   House approves ending Private Option in 2016
Senate Bill 96, will ultimately end the Private Option on December 31, 2016 while creating a task force to look at the overall healthcare issues in the State. This Bill will go back to the Senate for a final vote. Senate Bill 101, which has already passed in the Senate and now heads to the Governor's desk, would include monies for the operation of the Private Option. Some opponents to the bills said that by allowing this to happen, some legislators are not fulfilling their campaign pro....

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 Little Rock students march to have voices heard
Little Rock students march to have voices heard
Little Rock students peacefully marched in hopes of having their voices heard following the state's decision to takeover the city's school district. Despite it being already more than a week since the state made its decision, organizers said this march was not about changing something that is all said and done, but it was about planning for the future as they want to make sure they are heard. Made up of members of the Little Rock School District Student Association (LRSDSA), parents and ev....

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 Highest ranking Latina in education visits Arkansas  
Highest ranking Latina in education visits Arkansas
The president of the National Education Association (NEA), Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the highest ranking Latina education and labor leader, visited Forest Heights STEM Academy School and Hall High School Little Rock School District (LRSD) schools on Monday, February 2nd. Garcia is the first Latina to lead the NEA, the nation's largest professional education employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of educati....

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 AMHC announces funding opportunities for health related events
AMHC announces funding opportunities for health related events
The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) recognizes that improving minority health in Arkansas and the nation requires collaboration across many organizations. AMHC intends to collaborate with community-based organizations, schools, faith-based organizations and others to address the health problems that affect minorities in the state of Arkansas. In an effort to facilitate the development of new and innovative approaches to promote health and prevent disease in these communities, th....

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 Social Security offices to open an additional hour
Social Security offices to open an additional hour
Social Security field offices across the nation will expand their hours, effective March 16, 2015. Offices will be open for an additional hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, providing face-to-face service to customers until 4:00 p.m. Field offices will continue to close at noon every Wednesday so employees have time to complete current work, reduce backlogs, and continue training new employees. “This expansion of office hours reaffirms our commitment to providing the peopl....

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 State board take over Little Rock School District 
State board take over Little Rock School District
The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) voted Wednesday, January 28 to take over the historic Little Rock School District (LRSD). The board voted 5 to 4 in favor of the takeover. ADE's Academic Distress Committee voted to dissolve the LRSD school board, and appoint Dr. Dexter Suggs as interim superintendent of the nearly 25,000 student district. State Board Chairman Sam Ledbetter ensured the public, “Schools will still run tomorrow. Classes will still be taught." There are a total of 4....

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 HanesBrands to expand in Clarksville, add 120 jobs HanesBrands to expand in Clarksville, add 120 jobs
HanesBrands of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, announced that it will expand its manufacturing facility in Clarksville, AR investing about $1.5 million in additional machinery at the facility, relocating and upgrading its packaging and dyeing operations and adding 120 new jobs. The move will bring the publicly traded clothing manufacturer's total employment in Clarksville to 570. The company said the 120 new jobs will average about $39,000 per year in wages and benefits, which would add $4....

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  Jazmin’s parents request mercy for 88 year old driver Jazmin’s parents request mercy for 88 year old driver
The parents of a 12-year-old girl, Jazmin Hernandez who was struck and killed by a SUV requested to not serve any jail time for the elderly driver of the vehicle. Eighty-eight-year-old Dwight L. Moody of Delight entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of negligent homicide in Pike County Circuit Court. The accident occurred in October near Salem on Highway 27 between Kirby and Glenwood as Hernandez was exiting a school bus to return home from school. Moody hit and killed Hernandez wh....

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Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated to equality and justice for all
Americans honor the civil rights activist on the third Monday of January each year, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, around the time of King’s birthday, January 15, 1929. Dr. King once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. “It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide so....
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Arkansas ready for 37th Annual March for Life
Thousands of Arkansans, organized and sponsored by Arkansas Right to Life, will participate on the 37th Annual March for Life to mark the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The staging area for the March for Life will be on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2 p.m. in Little Rock on West Capitol between Battery & Wolfe Streets, behind the State Capitol. Marchers will split into two groups to the right and to the left to circle the State Capitol b....
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To win, GOP must have a Hispanic on 2016 ticket
M. Joseph Sheppard American Thinker The question then becomes who would be the best VP choice from Sandoval, Martinez, or Rubio to encompass this? Again, without Florida, the GOP is doomed in 2016 with Florida but without either Nevada or New Mexico it is also doomed. A Hispanic candidate is potentially a major plus, perhaps the deciding factor, to any 2016 GOP lineup as the vice-presidential candidate, and Electoral College ramifications seemingly dictate that Nevada Governor Brian Sando....
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Arkansas Stop the Violence teamed up with ¡Hola! Arkansas, delivers bicycles for Christmas
Many Hispanics homes in this Christmas season had the opportunity to see their children smile. Crews with Stop the Violence spent their Christmas handing out bicycles. Every year, Reverend Benny Johnson co-founder of "Stop the Violence" tries to make sure families in need have at least one gift to give their kids, a bike. On December 23 in the southwest of Little Rock the members of Arkansas Stop the Violence teamed up with ¡Hola! Arkansas to bring happiness to many families giving....
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Change in leadership for the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
Director Artee Williams was informed Tuesday, December 2, 2014, that Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson will make a change in leadership for the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (ADWS). Williams was originally appointed ADWS director by Governor Mike Huckabee in March 2004. He was reappointed by Governor Mike Beebe in 2007. Williams has served as chairman of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet and currently serves as chairman of the Arkansas Public Employee Retirement System Board of T....
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Millions of immigrant families to benefit from Obama’s executive action
At least four-in-ten unauthorized immigrants in 12 states will be eligible to benefit from the executive actions signed by President Obama, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Idaho, where 46 percent of the state’s unauthorized immigrant population is eligible for deportation relief, tops all other states on this measure. Other states with at least four-in-ten eligible immigrants include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin ....
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Arkansas’s winter wonderland
Discover a winter wonderland in Arkansas, and create new traditions with your friends and family or continue old ones this holiday season. This month, communities across Arkansas join in the fun as the state transforms into a winter wonderland beginning the week of Thanksgiving, all through the Christmas season and into the New Year. Cities and towns throughout The Natural State host official lighting ceremonies, parades, pageants and more. Our Holiday Hog will visit several sites on the T....
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