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Trump now wants Putin to visit the White House this fall; Also on the Friday rundown: health insurance rates to rise by almost 9 percent in California; and as the climate crises reaches “Zero Hour” young people take a stand.

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Public News Service - AR: Consumer Issues

A recent report says 31 percent of Arkansas children live in homes where their parents lack secure employment, and 24 percent of Arkansas children live in poverty. (401(K)20Twenty)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The State of Arkansas is ending this fiscal year with almost $42 million more in its coffers than previously projected. And the Department of Finance attributes that to higher-than-expected individual income tax and sales tax collections. But while the money is no doubt

The energy-efficiency industry reports increased interest in solar in Arkansas, and now generates at least 136 megawatts of energy annually, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. (Pete Jelliffe/flickr)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Saving energy in Arkansas is giving the state money to spend in its economic sector. Tuesday, industry experts will join local and state leaders at the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Summit in Little Rock. The AEPC program has saved public entities in the state

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 22 percent of teenagers log onto their favorite social media sites more than 10 times a day, and 75 percent own cell phones. (Twenty20)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – It may not be enough to periodically take a peek at your children's pictures or texts on their smartphones. App developers are one step ahead of well-intentioned parents and have developed programs that hide photos and videos and in some cases disguise them as things such a

The average worker bee produces only about one-twelfth teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas beekeepers may be hearing less buzz from their hives this spring. A new survey by the Bee Informed Partnership found that beekeepers reported a 40 percent bee colony loss in the last year. A typical colony loss is less than half that, year over year, and advocate

Dozens of migratory waterfowl and other species, many of them endangered, can be found at the Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge in Central Arkansas. (USFWS)

CLARKEDALE, Ark. – Commercial farms leased in many national wildlife refuges, including several in Arkansas, have been sprayed with nearly a half million pounds of toxic pesticides. According to a report by the Center for Biological Diversity, the refuges are fragile environments that are ho

It's time to round up and shred documents such as old tax forms and bank statements, or anything that could be used by a thief to steal your identity. (GettyImages)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The income-tax filing deadline is next week, and experts warn it's prime time for thieves looking to steal your identity. According to the AARP Fraud Watch Network, someone's identity is stolen every two seconds and can be used to access bank accounts and credit cards or open bo

Arkansas ranks ninth in the nation in the value of grain sorghum produced annually, exporting the majority of it to China. (Arkansas Farm Bureau)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – If President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports start a trade war, Arkansas could take an almost $400 million hit to its economy. Agricultural economists at the University of Arkansas say if the state's major trading partners retaliate with similar impor

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma announce a waiver Monday allowing a work requirement for enrollees in the Arkansas Works health-care program. (YouTube)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas officials say they will soon begin requiring most Medicaid recipients to work, but advocacy groups say it's just another burden on people whose lives are already difficult. Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the approval Monday of a federal waiver allowing Arkansas t

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