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 This year, enjoy a healthy Halloween!  This year, enjoy a healthy Halloween!
Halloween is just around the corner! Having a healthy Halloween is not about giving up all the treats it is about bringing them into balance. Now, it is easier than ever to find Halloween treats to make adults and kids happy while also being healthy. Grocery stores are stocked with kid-friendly favorites that have whole grains, vitamin C, 100% juice and/or added fiber. Try to read nutrition labels when buying treats to be sure they are the healthiest choices. For example, check to see that f....

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 Arkansas’ minimum wage on the ballot Arkansas’ minimum wage on the ballot
In an election year filled with hotly debated issues, a proposal to raise Arkansas’ minimum wage has so far drawn no organized opposition and has united the major-party candidates in Arkansas’ top two political races. The proposed initiated act, which was certified last week for the November 4 ballot, would raise the state’s minimum wage gradually from $6.25 per hour to $8.50 per hour by 2017. Democratic candidates for statewide offices have generally supported the measure and made it a c....

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  Attorney general sues identification card maker  
  Attorney general sues identification card maker
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed a consumer-protection lawsuit today against the makers of identification cards that are advertised as being “legally issued” or “required by law” even though there is nothing official about the cards. McDaniel said Connecticut-based AmeraCard Enterprises Inc. and its owner, Joseph Cassara of Stamford, Conn., produce and sell ID cards that are designed to resemble state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards, except that the IDs produced by the defend....

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 Arkansas lottery continued revenue drop
    Arkansas lottery continued revenue drop
The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarships have helped more than 30,000 students in the past four years. The state legislature has cut the size of the scholarships twice before, partly because the lottery wasn't generating enough money. The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue and net proceeds dropped for the second straight year by $29.5 million to $410.6 million, and that the amount raised for college scholarships declined by almost $9 million. The director of the state's scholar....

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 Breastfeeding experts: Who are you talking to? Breastfeeding experts: Who are you talking to?
When it comes to seeking breastfeeding advice, there is a lot of confusion about who to turn to for the best advice. There are many counselors with different titles and letters behind their name who want to help you with breastfeeding. It is important to make sure the person you are talking to has the right training to meet your needs. Have you ever seen the letters “IBCLC” after the name of a breastfeeding counselor? Those letters stand for International Board Certified Lactation Con....

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 Arkansas sees sharpest drop in uninsured rate in the nation  Arkansas sees sharpest drop in uninsured rate in the nation
A Gallup report released 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. "When we worked with the Arkansas Legislature to pass the Private Option, we said it would make Arkansas a natio....

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 More than 100 rabies cases reported in Arkansas
More than 100 rabies cases reported in Arkansas
More than 100 cases of rabies have been confirmed in Arkansas so far this year with a second "peak" season for the disease on the horizon, according to state health and animal science officials. "The peak time for rabies cases is March and April, with a smaller rise again in late summer and early fall," according to Arkansas Public Health Veterinarian Susan Weinstein. The Arkansas Department of Health's most recent report shows 105 confirmed rabies cases thus far in 2014, with 26 of the ....

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 UAMS opens Neighborhood Clinic UAMS opens Neighborhood Clinic
Continuing its commitment to expand primary care and specialty services to meet the needs of its patients, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) this week opened the UAMS Neighborhood Clinic in west Little Rock. The clinic, located at 1811 Rahling Road, is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for patient convenience. The clinic offers primary care to all members of a family from pediatric to geriatric ....

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Arkansas lands $90M wood pellet manufacturing site
Zilkha Biomass Energy, a producer of biomass solutions to electric utility customers, announced it is building a facility in Monticello, Arkansas, to manufacture their Zilkha Black Pellet, the first commercially available advanced pellet in the biomass industry. The company plans to invest $90 million in the facility and create 52 new jobs. "Power companies across the globe are looking for renewable energy alternatives and biomass wood pellets stand as one of the most practical and cost-e....
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Arkansas religious leaders call for compassion
Is this a humanitarian crisis or a dangerous lapse of border security? The children say they are fleeing drug wars, gang violence, human trafficking and poverty that threatens their lives. Arguments play out across television screens and the Internet constantly while government officials play political chess, using these kids as pawns in a larger ideological game. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, who oversees the Catholic Church in Arkansas, referring to the crisis of young refugees coming into....
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Little Rock hires Luis Gonzalez as communications, marketing manager
Luis Gonzalez has been hired as the communications and marketing manager for the City of Little Rock, City Manager Bruce Moore announced Monday. Gonzalez will lead the City’s communications division managing all public relations outreach, serving as the primary contact for the media, and supervising the City’s government access channel, Little Rock Television (LRTV). He will be responsible for developing communication strategies for a wide variety of City initiatives. “Luis brings val....
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Camp Can Do Campers celebrate the experience
The conclusion of 4-week summer camp program intended to give identified English Language Learners additional time to develop their language proficiency, was celebrated Thursday, July 10 at Williams Magnet Elementary School. English Language Learners, Kindergarten through grade 5, showcased the language and vocabulary they have learned at Camp Can Do this summer. Nearly 250 students have been on an imaginary camping trip visiting wonderful places and deepening their linguistic understand....
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Springdale: One Community Reads
Parents and students gathered around Al "Papa Rap" Lopez and Dr. Diana "Dr. D" Gonzalez Worthen, reading and learning with Arkansas' premier bilingual newspaper, ¡Hola! Arkansas as part of OneCommunity Feed Your Brain Reading program. The Summer reading program 'Feed Your Brain" is being conducted by OneCommunity, a non-profit organization formed with the purpose of bringing communities together, as one. The program is free and open to the public every Monday from 10 am to 12 p.m. dur....
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Pulaski Health Unit to hold after-hour immunization clinics
The Pulaski Central County Health Unit will hold special after-hour immunization clinics this summer to help parents get their children up-to-date on the new immunization requirements for the 2014-15 school year. These new requirements will affect many students and children in Pulaski County, so parents and caregivers are encouraged to make appointments with the Pulaski Central County Health Unit located at 3915 W. 8th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204 or their primary care doctor before the start....
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Mosquito risk on the rise
This week’s humidity and last week’s constant rain make for the perfect formula for Arkansas’ summertime pest to breed. “My son slapped his arm and killed a mosquito in the house” said Dr. John Hopkins, Entomologist at University of Arkansas. Mosquitoes start as larvae in standing water, and then in 7-10 days they emerge to become mosquitoes. Dr. Hopkins suggests that if you can’t dump out your standing water to put bacillus thuringiensis israelenis, more commonly known as BTI, i....
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