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 Benton Police Department warning residents about utility Benton Police Department warning residents about utility scams
The Benton Police Department, BNPD, is warning others about a new utility scam. According to the department, people are calling businesses and home claiming to be Benton Utilities or Entergy and saying that the utility bill is so behind that if not paid immediately, power will be turned off. The department said, during some of the calls, energy customers were directed to go to a nearby grocery store and Western Union money to pay the bill. Just as a reminder, it is uncommon for utility ....

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 Let’s Celebrate Easter at the Clinton Presidential Center
Let’s Celebrate Easter at the Clinton Presidential Center
This year, make plans to join the family fun at the Clinton Presidential Center 2015 Easter Family celebration. The Clinton Presidential Center will host its 10th Annual Easter Family Festival on Saturday, April 4 begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. If it rains, the event will be move to Sunday April 5, 12 pm- 4 pm. This free family event is filled with Easter Bunny activities, games and prices. The Clinton Presidential center will kick off with the arrival of the Easter Bunny on a ....

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 Little Rock Police to conduct Hispanic Citizens Police Academy  Little Rock Police to conduct Hispanic Citizens Police Academy
In an effort to improve the relationship between the Hispanic community and the police department the department will conduct its first 2015 Hispanic Citizens Police Academy (CPA), to begin Thursday, April 2, 2015. The class will meet for two hours each Thursday night for eight weeks. The class will be held at the Southwest Patrol Division, 6401 Baseline Rd., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. hours. The Hispanic population in the southwest of Little Rock has been growing rapidly but along with them....

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  132,000 Fewer children in poverty in Arkansas 132,000 Fewer children in poverty in Arkansas
The measuring tool for poverty has been recalibrated and the new calculation shows a success story for Arkansas which is often cited for its high poverty level. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses a U.S. Census Bureau calculator that factors in state and federal assistance programs, something the official federal poverty measure doesn't do. In Arkansas, those programs meant 132,000 fewer children were in poverty between 2011 and 2013. The associate director for po....

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 Arkansas immigrant rights advocates: “Its only a temporary Arkansas immigrant rights advocates: “Its only a temporary setback”
Celebration among Republican ranks and deep disappointment in the immigrant community. A federal judge blocked Obama’s executive actions from going into effect, a move immigration reform advocates are calling only a “temporary setback.” Texas U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction on Monday, February 16, siding with Texas and 25 other states that signed on to a lawsuit against Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The White House announced that the Department o....

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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
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 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
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 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
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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