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POTUS lands at Little Rock Air Force Base

POTUS lands at Little Rock Air Force Base

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has landed at the Little Rock Air Force Base. He will soon tour communities in Arkansas that were hit hard recently by severe tornadoes.

Obama plans to meet with victims, local officials and emergency personnel. Fifteen people were killed April 27 when tornadoes ripped through the Little Rock suburbs.

Wednesday's visit will be Obama's first to the state as president. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, U.S. Congressman Tim Griffin, and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola will ride with the president in his helicopter from the Little Rock Air Force Base where the president will arrive in Air Force One, to Vilonia.

Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor invited Obama to tour the damage and was expected to accompany him. Pryor is running for a third term against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton in one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country.

The arrival and departure of Air Force One is closed to the public.

Robert Reich documentary ‘Inequality for All’ showing at Ron Robinson Theater

Robert Reich documentary ‘Inequality for All’ showing at Ron Robinson Theater

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s ‘Inequality for All’ documentary will show at Ron Robinson Theater Thurs., May 1 at 7 p.m.

Little Rock AFB Reserve unit may see changes

Little Rock AFB Reserve unit may see changes

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (LRAFB) – Significant changes would come to the Air Force Reserve at Little Rock AFB under the proposed Department of Defense budget request for fiscal 2015.

If enacted into law, the 22nd Air Force, Detachment 1, a C-130 Air Force Reserve unit at the central Arkansas base, would convert to the 913th Airlift Group, and be equipped with 10 C-130 J-model aircraft.  The unit would also be authorized to grow to more than 600 Reserve Airmen.

The proposed change in force structure at Little Rock AFB is just one part of an Air Force Reserve-wide shift as detailed in the Air Force portion of the fiscal 2015 President’s Budget Request (PBR).

Arkansans vote against tax increase in Pulaski County

Arkansans vote against tax increase in Pulaski County

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The polls are closed and results are in.

Pulaski County voters voted against a tax increase to raise millions of dollars for Pulaski Technical College. 25.31 voted for the tax, and 74.69 voted against it.

The school would need mote than $11 million for renovations and upgrades, and some voters thought the school should come up with the funding itself.

If the vote had passed, homeowners would be paying $38 on a home valued at $100,000.

Meanwhile, Stuttgart residents also voted on a tax increase.

They voted 'yes' to support the Baptist Health Medical Center there. The 1 percent tax increase is expected to generate $2.4 million annually for the Stuttgart hospital.

Same-Sex Marriage Initiative Group to start collecting signatures on Saturday

Same-Sex Marriage Initiative Group to start collecting signatures on Saturday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AIME) - The Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality (AIME) is prepared to collect signatures for The Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (ASSMA) after the certification of their popular name and ballot title by the Attorney General, the filing of the petition part with Elections, and the first batch of petitions being printed.  They will start collecting on January 18th at the Fourth Annual Rally for Reproductive Justice (1:00pm on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol).

Arkansas lawmakers approve insurance exchange funds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers have narrowly approved federal funding to continue operating the insurance marketplace under the federal health care law, despite objections from some Republican legislators over the overhaul's rocky start.

The Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday approved the $10.6 million grant for the insurance exchange. The insurance exchange is an online marketplace set up under the federal law where consumers can shop for policies. The panel approved the grant on a 21-18 vote.

The grant was approved after some GOP members of the committee vented frustration with the start of the exchange, including Internet glitches that prevented many from signing up for coverage when it launched in October.

Arkansas is operating its exchange in partnership with the federal government.

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New program showcases the state’s large-acre sites to prospective companies

New program showcases the state’s large-acre sites to prospective companies

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AEDC) The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) joined Governor Mike Beebe today to announce a new initiative to better position Arkansas to strategically compete for projects requiring large acreage. Those locations worthy of the “Advance Arkansas Sites” distinction must be ready for rapid industrial development and meet AEDC’s highest standards of quality.

Two large-acreage sites, the Little Rock Metro Mega Site and West Memphis Mega Site, are already featured on www.AdvanceArkansasSites.com. Each location lists property information, demographics and workforce information to educate prospective businesses on the economic and environmental landscape of Arkansas.