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New Mexico legislation would boost protections for LGBTQ students, Idaho makes a big jump in higher-education attainment, and this year's Monarch butterfly winter count showed significant improvement.

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The Senate considers police reforms in the wake of Tyre Nichols' killing, members of Congress want a new vote on the Equal Rights Amendment, and George Santos voluntarily steps down from his committee appointments.

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"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

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The most recent Arkansas Food Desert Working Group report found the state has

Monday, January 30, 2023

Grocery Chain Mega-Merger Could Affect Rural Arkansas

The proposed merger between the grocery chains Albertsons and Kroger has antitrust laws in the spotlight, as the supermarket companies are already …

In 2020, 83% of Arkansans reported being registered to vote. That's lower than the national average of just over 87%, according to the MIT Elections Performance Index. (Andrey Popov/Adobe Stock)
Bill Would Ban Circulating Petitions at AR Polling Places

A Republican-sponsored bill in the Arkansas Legislature would make it illegal to circulate petitions at or near polling places during elections…


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation launched the
National Day of Racial Healing Means Weeklong Events for AR

Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s holiday, and tomorrow is the seventh annual National Day of Racial Healing. It's a call to action for racial …

The Sales and Use tax in the Natural State has stayed the same, at 6.5%, since 2013, according to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. (Zimmytws/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
Analysis: The Longer-Term Effects of AR's Lower Tax Rates

Arkansans will owe the state fewer tax dollars this year, due to tax cuts that have just gone into effect. The General Assembly met for some special …


<a href=More than 444,000 Arkansans are not always sure where their next meal is coming from, according to Feeding America, and more than 138,000 of them are children. (Monkey Business/AdobeStock)">
Report: Group Works to Alleviate Arkansas Food Deserts

A recent report shows Arkansas has a "food desert" issue in urban and rural communities. Gov. Asa Hutchinson formed the Arkansas Gov.'s Food Desert …

Two-thirds of people surveyed by the AARP Fraud Watch Network said they shopped online last year, and 21% said they planned to shop online again this holiday season. (Shintartanya/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />
AARP Has Tips to Avoid Latest Holiday Scams, Fraud

The holiday shopping season is already in full swing, and AARP Arkansas has some tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft…


According to the Georgetown University report, children in low-wage working families with annual incomes between $30,305 and $54,900 (for a family of three) saw the biggest reductions in their uninsured rates during the pandemic. (NDABCREATIVITY/Adobe Stock)
Report: AR Rate of Uninsured Kids Held Steady in Pandemic

A new report finds during the pandemic, the number of children without health insurance in Arkansas stayed about the same. The report, by the …

It's estimated 19 million children under 17 who do not receive the full Child Tax Credit are disproportionately Black, Latino and American Indian or Alaska Native, due to their families' incomes being too low, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi/Adobe Stock)
AR Group Urges Congress to Reinstate Expanded Child Tax Credit

An Arkansas nonprofit is adding its voice to the calls for Congress to bring back the expanded Child Tax Credit for families in place during the pande…


In 2020, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $4.64 million to health departments and community-based organizations in Arkansas for HIV prevention and care. (Oatawa/Adobe Stock)
AR Program Makes HIV Care, Medication More Accessible

Today is World AIDS Day, observed internationally to remember those lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and raise awareness about the disease. Health …

In Arkansas, foster parents and adoptive parents must be at least 21 years of age. In adoptions, an age difference of no more than 45 years between the child and adoptive applicant is preferred.(Gajus/Adobe Stock)
'Project Zero' Aims to Get More Arkansas Foster Kids Adopted

National Adoption Month comes to an end today, but in Arkansas, almost 300 children are waiting to be adopted. Project Zero is a nonprofit …


In 2021, the rate of people without health insurance in Arkansas was 9.2%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (Joyfotoliakid/Adobe Stock)
Health Centers Clash with 'Big Pharma' Over Drug Savings Program

A case involving "Big Pharma" and Community Health Centers serving low-income and uninsured patients began with opening statements this month…

In Arkansas, completing a bachelor's degree is the first step to becoming a licensed teacher, according to the Arkansas Department of Education website. (Iofoto/Adobe Stock)
AR Partners with Nonprofit University to Train More Teachers

Arkansas is working to overcome the state's teacher shortage, especially in rural areas, with a new residency-based program for would-be educators…


 

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