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GRAPHIC: According to a new poll performed for AARP, many older Arkansans report age discrimination.  Graphic courtesy AARP.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Older Arkansans overwhelmingly think age discrimination is a problem, an AARP survey shows, and almost all of them favor more legal protection. The poll taken last month spoke to registered Arkansas voters 50 and over. A large number said age discrimination is a reality in the wo...Read More

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Americans for Prosperity, funded by oil and chemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, is campaigning aggressively in Arkansas, but the group's own positions are less well known. PHOTO courtesy of the Center For Public Integrity.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A shadowy billionaires' political organization is campaigning heavily in Arkansas. But what does Americans For Prosperity actually want? Steve Wamhoff, legislative director of Citizens for Tax Justice, says Charles and David Koch are using the group to push policies that would be...Read More

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PHOTO: Bunnies are a symbol of the season, but animal welfare personnel caution parents considering bringing one home for Easter to make a thoughtful decision that is best for the animal and the family. Photo credit: morguefile.com user bobby.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Easter is almost upon us, and while some parents might be tempted to give their children live bunnies or baby chicks, Amanda Mullen, director of Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, says bringing any animal into the home should be a well thought-out decision, and not just a holiday whi...Read More

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According to federal figures, nearly 5000 pre-school kids were suspended from school in the most recent year. A disproportionate number were minority children. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Almost 5000 American children have been suspended from pre-school for behavior issues, acording to the latest federal figures, and a disproportionate number were minority kids. According to Jerri Derlikowski, education policy director at Arkansas Advocates for Families and Chil...Read More

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PHOTO: Construction and hydraulic fracturing are industries where workers are exposed to silica dust. OSHA is proposing rules to minimize exposure, since the dust is linked to chronic respiratory illnesses and deaths. Photo credit: New Jersey Dept. of Health

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently wrapped up nearly three weeks of hearings on a proposed rule to limit workers' exposure to silica dust. General construction, masonry and foundries were among the industries examined. Silica dust is connec...Read More

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PHOTO: A new rule clarifying where the Clean Water Act applies seems to be drawing a lot of support from farmers like Steph Larsen, seen here watering her sheep. Photo courtesy of Steph Larsen.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A change in federal clean-water rules appears to be popular with some major stakeholders, especially farmers, hunters and anglers. Two federal court decisions had muddied the rules on just where the Clean Water Act applies, but a new revision has been proposed to clarify the issu...Read More

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PHOTO: Swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy swung in favor of "big spenders" in the U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country. The 5-to-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission means instead of a total of $123,000, a singl...Read More

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PHOTO: A new study finds Arkansas children, and particularly children of color, are falling behind in education and other measures of well-being. Photo courtesy the U.S. Dept. of Education.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The serious gaps in achievement for children of color in Arkansas are the subject of a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation checked the progress of America's kids and found that in Arkansas, white children are not doing especially well - but black and Latino children are doi...Read More

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