Monthly Archives: June 2017

Hutchinson: Healthcare Bill “$500 Million Hit” To Economy

Governoe Asa Hutchinson said Thursday (June 29)  the U.S. Senate healthcare bill as drafted could lead to a “$500 million hit” to the Arkansas economy and could end the popular Arkansas Works program.

While acknowledging  the Affordable Care Act was not a “safe path” or sustainable for Arkansas or the nation, Hutchinson wavered on his support for the Senate bill to replace the federal healthcare law also known as Obamacare. He also identified positive features of the Senate bill, including deficit cuts, reduction in federal costs and more regulatory flexibility to states.

“These are all good things. These are things that we have advocated and are delighted that are included in the current version. But, the big problem is that the Senate bill does continue to shift costs to the state, and that leaves states like Arkansas with few choices,” he said.    MORE

A-State Announces 2017 Spring Chancellor’s, Dean’s Lists

JONESBORO – Students on the Chancellor’s and Dean’s Lists for spring 2017 at Arkansas State University have been announced. Combined, the group numbers 2,174 students.

The two lists recognize undergraduate students who achieved the highest grade point averages while enrolled in 12 or more credit hours of study.

The Chancellor’s List (designated as CL) includes students who earned a grade point average of 3.80 to 4.0 for spring classes. The Deans’ List (DL) includes students with a grade point average of 3.6 to 3.79.    MORE

Rural Airbnb Becoming More Popular In Arkansas

Airbnb stays in less-populated areas of the state outpaced urban markets last year, according to a report released June 27 by Airbnb.

About 350 active rural Arkansas hosts took in $1.3 million, one of 10 states where Airbnb use grew faster in rural areas than it did in cities, according to the report. In fact, it showed the third-highest year-over-year growth in that realm, with a 267% increase in guest arrivals to rural Airbnb listings, totaling 12,000 in 2016. The company said its designation of rural and urban areas is based on the 2010 U.S. Census.

Rural hosts in Arkansas took in an average of $3,900 last year, and rural properties now make up 40% of the state’s Airbnb listings. In a press release from Airbnb, the company wrote: “While regions known for their resort areas and national parks, such as the Mountain West, Northeast and West Virginia, have the highest percentages of hosts in rural areas, the Midwest and South are seeing the fastest growth.”    MORE

Charges Filed In Traffic Death

A Lonoke County man has been arrested in connection to a crash that killed one person and injured another in February.

Little Rock police arrested 28-year old Jerry Justin Standridge, of Cabot, on charges of driving while intoxicated and felony counts of negligent homicide and second-degree battery.

27-year old Bethany Leigh Cross, of Ward, was killed in the crash.

Authorities say Standridge surrendered to police on an arrest warrant Wednesday morning.

Registration Now Open For The 13th Annual T Tauri Movie Camp

The T Tauri Movie Camp is accepting registrations for its 13th annual summer youth program, which takes place July 17 through 29 in Batesville. Launched in 2005, T Tauri has offered a wide variety of video production workshops for aspiring filmmakers up to the age of 18. Workshops range from two to three and a half days in duration.

The 2017 Movie Camp offers four workshops: Script to Screen Narrative Filmmaking, Home Town Documentary, Poetry in Motion, and BrickFilms (stop motion animation utilizing LEGO characters). Workshop fees range from $60 to $110, based on the length of the workshop. T Tauri workshops are taught by experienced filmmaker/educators and the student to teacher ratio is 6 or 7 to 1. All supplies and equipment are
included in the tuition cost.

The T Tauri Movie Camp is not a residential program. Students and their parents or chaperons from outside the Batesville area are encouraged to take advantage of a discounted rate at the Batesville Comfort Suites Hotel; ask for the Movie Camp rate for reservations made before July 10. In addition to the workshop sessions, the T Tauri experience also includes an official T Tauri t-shirt and a Finale Screening on the evening of Saturday, July 29. The Finale Screening is free and open to the public and showcases all of the films created in the current year’s workshops.

For workshop descriptions, dates and locations, biographies of instructors, and registration and consent forms, visit or call 870-251-1189.

The T Tauri Movie Camp is the youth division of Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc., a 501(c)(3) rural non-profit organization dedicated to excellence and accessibility in the cinema arts. “T Tauri” is the astronomer’s term for a new star.

4th Of July Travel & Law Enforcement

Starting today, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will take to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways making 2017 the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever.

If you driving there’s good news as gas prices are the lowest in a dozen years.

Beginning today and continuing through Tuesday, July 4th, Arkansas law enforcement officers are participating in the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over operation. Motorists should expect to see more sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols involving a unified police force working to keep the highways and streets safe.

On the water, wildlife officers throughout Arkansas and the United States are gearing up for Operation Dry Water. It’s a weekend of increased enforcement throughout the nation to prevent instances of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Bond Set In Monument Destruction

LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Bond is set at $100,000 bond for a 32-year-old man who police say intentionally crashed his car into the Ten Commandments monument outside Arkansas’ Capitol.

Michael Tate Reed appeared in court today via a video feed from the Pulaski County jail. Reed made multiple outbursts and told his public defender, Peggy Egan, that he did not need her services.

Authorities say Reed destroyed Arkansas’ monument less than 24 hours after it was placed outside the Capitol. He was arrested in 2014 for doing the same thing to Oklahoma’s Ten Commandments statue.

Egan told the judge that there may be “mental health concerns” in Reed’s case. Reed’s relatives told The Oklahoman in 2014 that he has bipolar disorder and “some type of schizophrenia.”

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