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 Don’t let a lemon leave a sour taste
Don’t let a lemon leave a sour taste
Arkansas’s Lemon Law provides a safety net for some purchasers whose vehicles have recurring problems. Any vehicle less than two years old or which has less than 24,000 miles is covered under the State's Lemon Law. Any recurring problem, including defects that impair the use, value or safety of the vehicle, could trigger this protection. Many problems with newer cars can be repaired by the dealer at no cost to the purchaser. Occasionally however, a vehicle may experience the same issue o....

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 Stepped-up statewide enforcement plan aimed at drivers violating Stepped-up statewide enforcement plan aimed at drivers violating text law “U Drive U Text U Pay”
State Troopers and local law enforcement officers will be watching more closely in the coming days for drivers who violate the Arkansas texting law. The statewide crackdown by law enforcement officers is scheduled for April 13 to 19 and is part of a national high visibility campaign known as “U Drive U Text U Pay”. The campaign combines intense enforcement of laws that prohibit texting while driving along with advertising and media outreach to inform the public about the stepped-up patrol....

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 AHTD to hold public involvement meeting to discuss improvements AHTD to hold public involvement meeting to discuss improvements to Interstate 30
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) is dedicated to working with the local community to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Arkansas. As part of this mission, AHTD has been conducting a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study to encourage community discussion and involvement for transportation improvements along Interstate 30 in central Arkansas. The I-30 PEL study area includes I-30 from I-40 in the north to I-530 in the south, incl....

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 Mexican mother finds courage to change state law in Arkansas  
Mexican mother finds courage to change state law in Arkansas
Laura Ponce of Berryville is a tiny woman, yet she stood tall against law enforcement in rural Carroll County after the brutal murder of her daughter, Laura Aceves, by her boyfriend. Then Ponce fought for justice all the way to the Arkansas State Capitol. In honor of her daughter, anti-domestic violence House Bills 1706 and 1707 were signed into law April 1 by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. Ponce, of Berryville, watched over his shoulder as Hutchinson signed his name, later saying, “I ....

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 Get ready for severe weather and wildfires 
 	
Get ready for severe weather and wildfires
People living in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas are urged to get ready now for potential severe weather that could strike over the next few days in the form of possible severe thunderstorms, hail, strong winds, flash flooding, tornadoes and wildfires. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 office continues to monitor the situation and stands ready to support state and local partners as needed and requested in any affected areas. “We enc....

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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
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 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
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 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
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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