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2018 Economic Security Report

2019-11-05T22:16:54+00:00 Oct 18th, 2019|In the News|

On average, an Arkansan with a bachelor’s degree will earn $700,000 more in a 30 year career than those who drop out of college. The gap climbs to $1.5 million for those with a doctorate. This information is included in the 2018 Economic Security Report which was presented this week to the Arkansas Legislative Council [...]

National School Bullying Prevention Month

2019-11-05T22:15:29+00:00 Oct 11th, 2019|In the News|

  A 2017 study titled “Indicators of School Crime and Safety,” published by the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education, reported that 20% of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied at school during the previous school year. The same study also reported that about 33% of students who reported [...]

Flu Season

2019-11-05T22:11:56+00:00 Oct 4th, 2019|In the News|

Last flu season, 113 influenza related deaths were reported in Arkansas. According to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), 71% of the adults who died were unvaccinated or had an unknown vaccine history. ADH also reported that 28 schools closed briefly due to the flu last season. While only moderate in severity, the 2018-2019 season [...]

Arkansas BreastCare program

2019-09-30T17:11:09+00:00 Sep 27th, 2019|In the News|

In 2016 in Arkansas, a total of 2,226 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 400 women died from the disease. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. October is breast cancer awareness month. This is an opportunity to remind Arkansans of the importance of mammograms for [...]

Domestic Violence Legislation

2019-09-30T17:11:53+00:00 Sep 20th, 2019|In the News|

In Arkansas, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men will be the victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime. In 2018, 44 Arkansans died as a result of domestic violence. Domestic violence occurs among all types of families, regardless of income, profession, region, ethnicity, educational level or race. This week, a rally was [...]

2020 Census

2019-09-30T17:07:14+00:00 Sep 13th, 2019|In the News|

By April 1, 2020, each of you will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Responding to the census will be easier than ever, as this will be the first time you can respond online. The Constitution mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 [...]

Suicide Prevention

2019-09-30T17:06:35+00:00 Sep 6th, 2019|In the News|

In the United States, someone dies by suicide every 11.1 minutes. In Arkansas, someone dies by suicide, on average, every 14 hours. Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives. The second week of September has [...]

Elections Legislation

2019-09-30T17:05:39+00:00 Aug 30th, 2019|In the News|

During the 2019 Regular Session, the General Assembly passed several pieces of legislation concerning our elections. One of those pieces of legislation will change the date of our primaries. Arkansas will join 13 other states holding a March 3, 2020 primary. Only 4 other states will hold their caucus or primary before March 3. Act [...]

Arkansas Labor Market

2019-08-30T22:11:15+00:00 Aug 25th, 2019|In the News|

Arkansas recently set a new record low for unemployment. The unemployment rate for July was 3.4 %, breaking the previous record of 3.5% last month. There are 19,200 more jobs in our state than this time last year. But the story of our work force does not end there. As we approach Labor Day, it’s [...]

Flashing Red means Kids Ahead

2019-08-30T22:10:03+00:00 Aug 13th, 2019|In the News|

During any given day in the school year, there are 350,000 children riding a bus on Arkansas roadways. This week, legislators joined the Governor, Education Secretary Johnny Key, and state police in reminding drivers that Flashing Red means Kids Ahead. It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus whenever its red lights are flashing, [...]