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Emily Walkenhorst

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JPs approve money for rails to halt 2nd-story leaps at jail

Subscriber onlyThe Pulaski County sheriff's office can begin installing a guardrail to prevent anyone from jumping from the second floor of the county jail, after a Quorum Court vote approving the expenditure Tuesday night. Continue reading...

JPs vote to move meeting up 1 hour

Subscriber onlyThe Pulaski County Quorum Court passed an ordinance Tuesday night that sets the starting time for its second meeting each month at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. Continue reading...

New gear on hold for all but 4 counties

Subscriber onlyOnly four Arkansas counties will have the state's new voting equipment in time for the primary elections, Rob Hammons, elections division director for the secretary of state's office, told the Arkansas County Election Commissions Association on Tuesday. Continue reading...

Judge lets state intervene in suit over Haze Rule

EPA, Sierra Club also parties

Subscriber onlyA federal judge on Monday granted the state's motion to intervene in a lawsuit that led the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to issue a draft compliance plan for Arkansas on a 1999 law on haze. Continue reading...

Officials: State ready for EPA emissions rule's changes

First stakeholder meeting to develop reduction plan set

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK -- Meaningful environmental policies can coexist with economic development, Arkansas' Department of Environmental Quality director said Monday about the state's planning for compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. Continue reading...

'Reasonable' the crux in views on EPA's haze-pollution plan

Subscriber onlyLITTLE ROCK -- The debate on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal for Arkansas to comply with a 1999 rule on haze centers on what federal, state, industry and environmental groups find "reasonable," according to public comments published by the EPA last weekend. Continue reading...

'Reasonable' the crux in views on EPA's haze-pollution plan

Subscriber onlyThe debate on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposal for Arkansas to comply with a 1999 rule on haze centers on what federal, state, industry and environmental groups find "reasonable," according to public comments published by the EPA last weekend. Continue reading...

5-year hog-farm ban passes legislative test

It goes to commission for final say

Subscriber onlyA proposed five-year ban on new medium and large hog farms in the Buffalo National River watershed cleared its second-to-last hurdle Wednesday morning when it passed through the Arkansas Legislature's Rules and Regulations Committee with only one representative objecting. Continue reading...

'Borrowing' diverts funds to firefighting

Some Forest Service funds frozen in case of wildfires

Subscriber onlyAn increase in the costs of fighting wildfires nationwide has trickled down into the ability of agencies in Arkansas to survey and manage forests in the state. Continue reading...

Kids get hour of class on coding

Governor joins in session trying to make characters move

Subscriber onlyOn Saturday, hundreds of children -- and Gov. Asa Hutchinson -- spent an hour on the second floor of the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock trying to make a computer version of Elsa from the Disney film Frozen move on their computer screens by writing lines of code. Continue reading...

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