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Teacher pay, insurance key issues at forum

Teacher pay, insurance key issues at forum


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas educators say the next governor of the state will need to help teachers overcome low pay and high health insurance premiums.

At a forum Tuesday in Hot Springs, the major-party nominees for governor told a meeting of the Arkansas Public School Resource Center they were sympathetic but that their ability to help is limited.

Responding to a question from the audience, Democratic candidate Mike Ross said tax cuts passed last year amid negotiations in Arkansas' Medicaid program will likely limit revenue growth to $50 million next year.

Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson agreed to the need to increase teacher pay and control insurance costs but told the crowd the next governor will face a challenge doing so.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales

County Judges Association opposes statewide liquor sales


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (September 16, 2014) — The County Judges Association of Arkansas voted to adopt a resolution in opposition to the "Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment" during its summer meeting in Little Rock.

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment is a proposed amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to provide that, effective July 1, 2015, the manufacture, sale, distribution and transportation of intoxicating liquors is lawful within the entire geographic area of each and every county of this state.

According to the resolution, "traditionally, under the Arkansas Constitution and Amendment 55, the people of Arkansas have proclaimed their view in favor of 'home rule' and local control."

Hearing set in case over Hot Springs water issue

Hearing set in case over Hot Springs water issue

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A judge has scheduled an emergency hearing for Monday on a complaint that seeks to force a local water issue onto the November ballot.

Two identical petitions filed this week sought to have an ordinance placed on the ballot to direct Hot Springs officials to stop taking water from DeGray Lake and build a new water treatment plant.

City officials say they rejected the petitions due to missing language they say is required by Arkansas law.

The hearing is planned for 3 p.m. Monday before Garland County Circuit Court Judge Marcia Hearnsberger.

Hot Springs City Attorney Brian Albright declined to comment to The Sentinel-Record (http://bit.ly/1pOSbpV ) on the petitions but says he's hopeful there's a ruling soon in the case.

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Lawsuit filed to get water petitions on ballot

Lawsuit filed to get water petitions on ballot


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The authors of two, identical rejected petitions over a water project have filed a Garland County lawsuit to force the initiative onto the November ballot.

The Sentinel-Record reports (http://bit.ly/1sdirzT) Greg Pritchett and Bob Driggers filed the suit against Hot Springs' city clerk and the Garland County Election Commission on Monday.

The identical petitions sought to have an ordinance placed on the ballot to direct Hot Springs officials to stop taking water from DeGray Lake and build a new water treatment plant.

City officials say they rejected the petitions due to some missing language they say is required by Arkansas law.

The lawsuit claims the city misinterpreted the law.

Downtown “Game Plan” Task Force continues research

Downtown “Game Plan” Task Force continues research

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (HOT SPRINGS) – The public hearings by the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce/Metro Partnership-sponsored Downtown Game Plan Task Force are completed, but the Task Force members are still hard at work.  Continued meetings, conversations and research are ongoing in preparation for an early summer release of their findings.

“We’re continuing the dialogue with county government, arts community representatives, downtown property owners, developers and dozens of others who have brought forth some great ideas,” said Chamber/Metro CEO, Jim Fram.  “We conducted an online survey that indicated community leadership is solidly behind our efforts and people are ready to get involved financially.”

Fire ratings affect homeowner insurance

Fire ratings affect homeowner insurance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - New requirements for fire departments may affect your insurance rates.

After being forced to meet two separate standards for insurance purposes, fire departments are now able to roll those standards into one.

First downtown “game plan” meeting scheduled for Mon., March 31

First downtown “game plan” meeting scheduled for Mon., March 31

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (GHSCC) – The first of a scheduled four hearings by the downtown Hot Springs “Game Plan” Task Force will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 31 in the Board of Directors Chambers at Hot Springs City Hall.   The panel will hear presentations from City Manager David Watkins, Fire Chief Ed Davis, Deputy City Manager Bill Burrough, Chief Building Official Mike Scott, Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce President Jim Fram and Visit Hot Springs CEO, Steve Arrison.

The meeting is open to the public and will be televised on the city’s public access Resort Cable Channel 12.  Questions, comments or suggestions from the public may be submitted in writing at the meetings or via a blog set up at the City of Hot Springs web site.  Go to  hotsprings.net and choose City Blog under the Our Community tab.  

The nine community leaders who make up the task force are: