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Arkansas unemployment rate dips below 7 percent

Arkansas unemployment rate dips below 7 percent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent for the first time in more than five years.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in March, down from 7.1 percent in February. Agency spokeswoman Becky Heflin says it's the first time Arkansas' jobless rate has been below 7 percent since January 2009.

All major industry sectors posted gains in March. Jobs in leisure and hospitality rose by 3,200, while employment in trade, transportation and utilities increased by 3,000.

Construction added 1,900 jobs and government employment increased by 1,200.

The national unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in March.

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Arnold papers added to HSU special collections


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (HSU) – The papers of William H. 'Dub' Arnold, former chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, have been added to the Huie Library Special Collections at Henderson State University. The collection spans Arnold's legal career, starting in 1963 and continuing through his retirement from the Supreme Court in 2003.

"I am very proud to be an alumnus of Henderson," Arnold said. "I hope that young people will learn that the background I received at Henderson has helped me succeed in law as well as politics."

The collection includes approximately 30 photo albums holding news clippings, photos, campaign material, correspondence, and other materials, according to David Sesser, technical services librarian. Other items include Arnold's collection of law books, plaques and signed photos.

Ouachita Composers Symposium to feature student compositions April 21

Ouachita Composers Symposium to feature student compositions April 21

Several students at Ouachita Baptist University will present their original music compositions on Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Art Center’s Francis McBeth Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The Composers Symposium, which has been part of the OBU music program for more than 50 years, offers students the opportunity to hear their musical works come to life. Different groups within the Division of Music, including choir members and instrumentalists, will perform the pieces created by their peers.

“As a senior, this year’s symposium means a lot to me,” said Kassie Coleman, a senior music composition major from Hot Springs, Ark. “This will be a great opportunity for my instrumentalists to perform for an audience... Read More

HSU leases building in downtown Hot Springs

HSU leases building in downtown Hot Springs

ARKADELPHIA , Ark. (HSU) – Henderson State University today announced it has leased the Landmark Building in downtown Hot Springs where it will offer upper level courses towards degrees in business and education. The building at 201 Market St. will house several traditional classrooms, seminar rooms, a computer lab, and office space for the director and faculty.

“We have been working towards this for many years, but were unable to make it happen until we got the state appropriation in support of this initiative,” said Dr. Maralyn Sommer, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Henderson.

The development extends the partnership with National Park Community College, and brings Henderson’s presence to downtown Hot Springs.

“The ability to lease a building and hire a director has turned our efforts from just a ‘hope and dream’ to a reality,” Sommer said. “This is a very exciting time for both Henderson and the Hot Springs community.

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

The agency surveyed other state lotteries and found that it's common for lotteries with ties to education to market through universities.

For instance, Woosley says the lottery could sell instant tickets with an Arkansas Razorbacks theme and have in-game ads that promote how much lottery money goes toward scholarships.

The idea is one of several Woosley is proposing to increase revenue.

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Program to improve Arkansas highways to begin

Program to improve Arkansas highways to begin

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Highway Commission and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will officially begin a highway construction program with a proclamation ceremony.

The ceremony will be Wednesday in Little Rock to mark the first of 31 highway projects to be constructed under the $1.8 billion Connecting Arkansas Program. The program is funded with a 10-year, half-cent sales tax that was approved by voters in 2012.

The first project is a six-mile portion of the new Bella Vista Bypass from Bentonville to Hiwasse in northwestern Arkansas. The Bella Vista Bypass is a multi-phased project to construct two lanes of an ultimate 19-mile four-lane Interstate.

The other 30 projects include widening and improvement to highways statewide.

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Prescribed fire notice for Ouachita, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

Prescribed fire notice for Ouachita, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

UNADTED (USDA) - National forest fire managers are currently conducting prescribed burns in areas across the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. 

Prescribed burns expected to occur today, Friday, April 11, 2014 include:

Ouachita National Forest:

Jessieville/Winona/Fourche                                       

Garland County

Vicinity:  Fannie                                                          

Acres: 699