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Weekly Updates

Efforts to Expand Literacy Paying Dividends

Arkansas has made a strong commitment to making sure that children learn to read at an early age, and the federal government has recognized our efforts with a grant of $38 million to improve literacy.

Legislators Work to Close Achievement Gap in Public Schools

Adequately funding public schools is one of the most complex, time-consuming and important duties of the legislature.

College-going Rate Continues to Decline

The Higher Education Coordinating Board heard a disappointing report about the continuing decline in the number of Arkansas high school graduates who go on to college.

Division of Children and Family Services Reports Progress

The state's child welfare agency has improved its performance over the past three years and continues to make progress, according to its most recent annual report.

Division of Children and Family Services Reports Progress (1)

The state's child welfare agency has improved its performance over the past three years and continues to make progress, according to its most recent annual report.

Crime Lab Opens New Facility in Northwest Arkansas

Earlier this month the state Crime Lab opened a new facility in Lowell, in northwest Arkansas.

State Education Department Releases School Report Cards

The annual report cards for Arkansas public schools has been released by the state Education Department, and they show improvement over last year.

Corrections Board Explores Contract for Privately Operated Prisons

The state Board of Correction has voted to pursue an agreement with Bradley and Drew Counties in southeast Arkansas to set up a private prison.

Arkansas Tourism Continues to Grow

Tourism in Arkansas grew at a healthy rate last year, whether it's measured in total spending or how many people visited the state or how many jobs are supported by the travel industry.

Public Health Committee Focuses on Marketing of E-Cigarettes to Youth

The joint Senate and House Committees on Public Health, Welfare and Labor approved a study proposal to combat the dramatic increase in teenagers' use of vaping products, also known as e-cigarettes.

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