State News

Lawmakers approve moving up primaries

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas is poised to move its primaries from May to March next year after lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a measure supporters say would give the state a greater say in deciding the presidential nominees.

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Arkansas legislators endorse $87 million incentive package

LITTLE ROCK -- An $87 million incentive package intended to bring a military vehicle assembly plant to south Arkansas easily won initial approval from lawmakers Wednesday, with a handful of Republicans opposing the move as the wrong way to attract business to the state.

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Fewer students choose to study botany

MOUNT IDA -- The teeming plant world could become a virtual mystery in the coming decades as college students increasingly shy away from studying botany and universities across the U.S. shutter their long-standing herbaria.

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Lawmakers to meet for special session

LITTLE ROCK -- A little over a month after wrapping up their regular session, Arkansas lawmakers are returning to the Capitol this week to take up an incentive package aimed at luring a major defense project to the state.

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Graduation rates rise

LITTLE ROCK -- The number of degree seekers at Arkansas' public universities remains steady, but those students are graduating more quickly than in the past.

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Forgotten for seven decades, fallen soldier finally honored

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Carroll Heath didn't have it easy growing up in the Great Depression. His father wasn't around, his mother was a patient in a mental hospital and he kept largely to himself. Soon after graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army and wound up in the Philippines, where he's believed to have died sometime in 1942.

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More rain projected over holiday

LITTLE ROCK -- Downpours have flooded lakeside campsites and made the Arkansas River unsafe for recreation heading into the Memorial Day weekend, when even more rain is projected to fall across the state.

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Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson details agenda for special session

LITTLE ROCK -- A special legislative session focusing on economic development incentives also will include an effort to move up Arkansas' primary, a reorganization of some agencies and a change in the state's driving while intoxicated law, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday.

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Economic incentives on Gov.'s special session agenda

LITTLE ROCK -- A special legislative session focusing on economic development incentives also will include an effort to move up Arkansas' primary, a reorganization of some agencies and a change in the state's driving while intoxicated law, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday.

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