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BSD To Allow Guns

In an effort to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, the Batesville School District will allow staff members to carry guns during the upcoming school year.

KARK reports the district plans to arm staff members to act as special deputies if there is an emergency.

Superintendent Michael Hester says candidates must complete 110 hours of training, testing, certification, and must go through intense physical and psychological evaluations before they are considered.

Boat Registration Requires Physical Proof

LITTLE ROCK – New state laws to match federal guidelines add an extra step to boat registration, but they may help prevent fraud or theft.

According to Act 694 of the 90th General Assembly of Arkansas passed in 2015, all boats registered in Arkansas must have verified proof of a valid hull identification number. This law is to comply with federal regulations mandated by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Verification may be a legible printed photograph of the HIN plate with its number, or a legible pencil rubbing of the plate. The Arkansas Department of Finance has included letters explaining the process with all renewal notices issued since Jan. 1, 2017.   MORE

Senate Bill Proposes $1.3 Billion Added To Wildlife Conservation Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators James Risch (R-Idaho) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) along with their colleagues Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) introduced groundbreaking legislation in the United States Senate yesterday to provide a critical source of funding for conservation across the country. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S. 3223) will redirect $1.3 billion annually from energy development on federal lands and waters to the existing Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program.

This solution, recommended initially by the energy sector, is in addition to existing natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation programs, and will not require taxpayers or businesses to pay any additional funds toward conserving America’s fish and wildlife. Instead, existing funds generated will be reallocated to provide the boost needed for the conservation of our nation’s wildlife.    MORE

UAMS Awarded Telemedicine Grant To Serve Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors

A new telemedicine program to provide care and services to traumatic brain injury survivors recently received funding through a $450,000 federal grant to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living awarded the three-year grant for The Traumatic Brain Injury State Partnership Program State Funding Opportunity.

The Arkansas Department of Health is contributing $75,000 annually toward the program.    MORE

State Police Commission Meeting & Graduation

The Arkansas State Police Commission will convene in a regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 3 PM on Thursday, July 19, 2018.  The meeting will occur at Arkansas State Police Administrative Headquarters located at One State Police Plaza Drive, Little Rock.
Immediately following adjournment of the meeting, the commissioners and state police command staff will attend the graduation ceremony for thirty-eight state police recruits.
The graduation ceremony will begin at 6 PM at the Pleasant Valley Country Club.

Leftover WMA Deer Hunt Permits Available Online July 23rd

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will sell all leftover permits to participate in special deer permit hunts on Arkansas wildlife management areas beginning at 8 a.m., July 23.

The AGFC offers many excellent opportunities to hunt deer on wildlife management areas throughout the state. Some WMAs, however, have become so popular or have so little room to breathe that hunts must be managed to maintain healthy wildlife populations and high-quality hunting experiences. For these hunts, the AGFC has a special draw process that people may enter each year. The application fee is $5 and applications are taken from June 1-July 1 each year.

While most hunts are completely filled, some still have a few permits left because hunters did not initially apply for them.    MORE

Walmart Cuts Optical Center Jobs In Arkansas And Indiana

Just three years ago, Walmart was ramping up its manufacturing operation in Fayetteville that makes optical lenses sold by the retail giant. This week, roughly 150 workers in Fayetteville were told their jobs are being eliminated along with similar jobs in Crawfordsville, Ind.

Walmart released the following statement regarding the local job cuts to Talk Business & Politics early Wednesday (July 18): “In response to changing business needs, we are making adjustments at our Walmart Optical Labs in Fayetteville to help ensure we have the right people in the right place at the right time. We are committed to helping the associates impacted by this decision take advantage of new opportunities and are hopeful that we will be able to help many of the associates find other roles at Walmart stores or Sam’s Clubs.”    MORE

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