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Rehousing for the homeless lacking in state

Last round of U.S. funding for programs in Arkansas was in ’17

Subscriber onlyAt least 20 percent of Arkansas counties reported to the federal government that they have no rapid rehousing programs, which place homeless people in houses as quickly as possible. Continue reading...

Housing authority board denies employee bonuses

Subscriber onlyDespite an impassioned plea from the Little Rock housing authority's executive director, the board denied his request Thursday for $266,000 to give out performance bonuses to employees. Continue reading...

Agencies serving older Arkansans face budget debate

Subscriber onlySouth Arkansas' declining population has meant a drop in funding for its senior citizens, and legislators last week engaged in heated debate over whether to revitalize the region's programs for the aged by pulling dollars from other parts of the state. Continue reading...

Suicides top 600 in state; group pushes for new laws

Subscriber onlyMore than 600 Arkansans died by suicide last year, the highest number over the past decade, and one prevention group is working to get laws in place to help people in rural areas, college students and gay and transgender people, among other groups. Continue reading...

Can't verify complaints that Little Rock officers mistreated Ebby Steppach's family, police say

Subscriber onlyLittle Rock Police Department administrators say they found "insufficient evidence" that three officers mistreated the family of Ebby Steppach at the beginning of a 2015 investigation into the teenager's disappearance. Continue reading...

Well's long dry in state low-income housing trust fund

Subscriber onlyDespite waning interest from government officials, housing interest groups are pushing to revive a state fund that launched three projects geared toward helping the elderly and the homeless in 2013. Continue reading...

Legal dispute delays Little Rock housing revamps

Subscriber onlyRenovations at Madison Heights public housing apartments off 12th Street in Little Rock have been delayed by at least a year over a disagreement about how to interpret a contract signed two decades ago. Continue reading...

Violent Reality

Arkansas ranks 7th in gun deaths, but weapons restrictions not on table

Subscriber onlyFrancisco Zamora looked like he was asleep, his arms folded under his stomach and head turned to the side. Continue reading...

Firearms groups, shops join push to stop suicides

Subscriber onlyThe gun safe keys were in the bottom of a bucket, which was filled with solid ice. The time it took to melt the ice, unlock the safe and load the gun gave the woman enough time to rethink suicide. Continue reading...

Medicaid rule frustrates advocates for homeless

Subscriber onlyHomelessness service providers said they are confused and frustrated when it comes to filing for exemptions and reporting hours worked to the state so their homeless clients can keep their health insurance. Continue reading...

Arkansas group's study on education, health of black males finds systemic hurdles

Subscriber onlyAn Arkansas advocacy group has set out to prove what group members and community leaders say they already know: that black men and boys face systemic barriers white males don't. Continue reading...

New screening helps find diagnosis for Arkansas girl with rare genetic mutation

Subscriber onlyMaebel Leonard raps her knuckles on the window, rattling the glass in its frame, grunts and points across the street -- her way of asking to go over to a friend's house to play. Continue reading...

Suit alleges Arkansas city's mobile homes ban based on price targets poor

Subscriber onlyA ban on mobile homes based on price rather than livability discriminates against poor people at a time when housing options are limited, a federal lawsuit filed against the city of Newark says. Continue reading...

All by myself: In the age of information overload, alone time can be good for the soul

Subscriber onlyThe first time he left to be alone, he was afraid. Continue reading...

Families of the missing, police gather at Arkansas event again to lament, wonder

Subscriber onlyWhen she was a teenager, Amy Whitcomb learned that the man who raised her isn't her biological father, who disappeared before Whitcomb was old enough to remember him. Continue reading...

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