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PHOTO: It may appear that many popular websites are loading slowly today. It's a symbolic protest of government plans to create online "fast lanes" and "slow lanes." Photo credit: Microsoft Images

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Internet may seem to be slowing down today - but it's actually part of an effort to prevent a future where, according to Internet freedom advocates, some people online would have priority over others. If you go to websites such as Reddit, Netflix, Etsy and Wordpress, chances...Read More

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PHOTO: Social Security is being heralded for Labor Day. A report finds the benefits bring nearly $9 million a year to Arkansas. Photo credit: FBI.gov

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Labor Day Weekend is a salute to working people, and a report from the group "Social Security Works" shows how the federal program helps keep Arkansans who have spent a lifetime working out of poverty - as well as boosting local economies with an influx of nearly $9 billion each ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, such as the Asian tiger mosquito which is found in Arkansas. Photo credit: CDC/James Gathany

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience in Arkansas. Hunters, anglers, bird-watchers and hikers have long known they have to cover up and w...Read More

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PHOTO: According to Feeding America's new Hunger in America 2014 report, one in seven Americans depends on food bank assistance, while one in five U.S. households served by Feeding America food banks has at least one member who has served in the military. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. - A new report issued by Feeding America lends new insight into the breadth of hunger issues across the U.S., and how close hunger comes to many Americans. The report indicates one in seven Americans currently turns to a food bank for help, and of those who go to a food bank, abou...Read More

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PHOTO: According to the Center for Rural Affairs, rural areas have higher percentages of households receiving SNAP benefits than urban areas or small cities. Photo credit: National Agricultural Library

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high. But a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grown and raised. That characterizes much of Arkansas. Jon B...Read More

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PHOTO: Congress is considering two bills to help ease child care expense burdens for working families. Arkansas working parents pay upwards of $6,200 a year per child for care. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As the cost of child care in this country continues to grow, so does the chorus of voices calling on Congress to take action. For many working families, the cost of child care is one of their biggest monthly expenses. Arkansas parents pay from $4,600 to $6,200 a year, pe...Read More

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – National Breastfeeding Month begins Friday, and it's being marked this year by a campaign based on just six words. Mothers and others are encouraged to post six-word messages on social media sharing the benefits and their experiences breastfeeding. Marian Tompson, one o...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows Arkansas has seen success in making sure low-income children are served healthy meals when school lunchroom is closed. Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas is at the front of the line for healthy summer meals for students. The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) says in a new report the state boosted its participation rate in the Summer Nutrition Program by 39 percent last year, and is on track for record summer ...Read More

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