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AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

AGFC approves grant of fine money to counties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 18, 2014) – When the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission collects fines from game law convictions, the money goes back to the county where it was collected. During Thursday's monthly Commission meeting, the agency approved a grant of more than $679,100 to the Arkansas Department of Education as a result of fines collected during the 2014 fiscal year.

The money is used to fund educational programs focused on fish, wildlife and conservation in the counties where the offenses occurred. The highest amount of fine money went to Drew County with just over $28,000. The next highest amount went to Arkansas County with more than $25,900 in fines.

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Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent

Wal-Mart to increase holiday hiring by 10 percent


NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it plans to hire 60,000 temporary holiday workers for the crucial holiday season, an increase of 10 percent from last year.

The world's largest retailer also says current workers who want more hours during the holidays will get priority for them. The retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been criticized by labor groups for low pay and intentionally keeping employees' hours low.

The news follows similar announcements from UPS, FedEx and Kohl's, which are also making more temporary hires this year.

A retailer's hiring plans can indicate its expectations for the holiday shopping season, which accounts for 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

Most Arkansas colleges, universities enroll slightly lower numbers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADHE) – The number of students enrolled in higher education on the 11th day of classes in Arkansas is down one percent overall as compared to last fall, said officials with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) Thursday, with a total of 168,816 at both public and private schools.

“Final enrollment numbers won’t be available until after the semester ends,” said Shane Broadway, director of ADHE, “but we don’t expect big changes based on what we’ve been seeing the last couple years.

“Numbers are trending to what they were before the recession when many Arkansans lost their jobs,” Broadway continued, “and began looking for more opportunities by way of a higher education.”

The four-year universities saw an average increase in enrollment of 0.3 percent, while the two-year colleges saw a decrease in enrollment of 4.7 percent. Total public institution enrollment decreased by 1.5 percent.

Arkansas' 4 House members back plan on rebel aid

Arkansas' 4 House members back plan on rebel aid


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - All four members of Arkansas' U.S. House delegation have voted in support of President Barack Obama's request to train and arm rebels battling Islamic State militants in Syria.

The House passed the measure on a 273-156 vote on Wednesday, and the Senate is expected to take up the request Thursday.

Arkansas congressmen Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack were among 159 Republicans who voted in favor of the president's plan. The measure also had the backing of 114 Democrats in the House.

The proposal was added to a must-pass, stopgap spending bill to keep government agencies operating into December. The measure is the last major business on Capitol Hill before lawmakers depart this week.

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UCA approves mutli-use facility that will bring business


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV)- After 18-months, The University of Central Arkansas has approved a multi-use facility that will bring local business to its campus. After the university's Board of Trustees unanimously voted Tuesday they will now begin to speak with Donaghey Hall's potential tenants.

TJ Johntson, the director of Special University Projects hopes the new building will create a culture around the campus. "
It's to improve the experience you have," said Johntson. "Whether you're already here or you're coming for the first time to visit."

The L-shaped building will take half of the block of Donaghey Ave and half of Bruce Street. The school hopes to bring in local retail stores, restaurants, a pharmacy and local bank.

UCA faculty to recognize October as LGBTQ history month


CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV)- In a part of central Arkansas where residents support upholding the same-sex marriage ban, faculty at the University of Central Arkansas are preparing to celebrate October as LGBTQ history month.

It all started as an idea from a professor in the Writing and Communications department. "It's the first time the UCA campus has ever done anything like this," said associate professor Dr. John Vanderslice. "We've organized a series of visiting writers and lecturers on issues that the LGBTQ community feels are important."

Local parents respond to NFL child abuse case

Local parents respond to NFL child abuse case


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Whether you call it cultural or criminal, the debate over spanking and other corporal punishment has come center stage in the United States.

A national conversation over parenting continues to grow in the wake of a child abuse case involving NFL star Adrian Peterson, who is charged with felony child abuse after reportedly spanking his 4-year-old son with a tree branch.

"The scars on the kid's leg and bruises look pretty excessive," said Nicholas Dudley, a Little Rock father of two. "My wife and I decided early on that we wouldn't spank our children, we just believe there are multiple other ways to send a good message to your children as far as what needs to be done."