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Voters asked to renew $575M in highway bonds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Voters are being asked to vote on a proposal to renew a $575 million bond issue to pay for interstate improvements in Arkansas.

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

From the office of Senator Mark Pryor:

To create jobs in Arkansas and across the country and strengthen the American tourism industry, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor this week joined with Senator Mark Begich (D-AL), Chuck Shumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to introduce the Travel Regional Investment Partnership (TRIP) Act.  The TRIP Act will promote domestic tourism by partnering public and private dollars through a competitive matching grant program within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Tourism supports over seven million domestic jobs and accounts for 2.8% of the United States’ gross domestic product.

Governor appoints 43 to state commissions

Governor appoints 43 to state commissions

GOVERNOR BEEBE ANNOUNCES 43 APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

 

 

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Kenneth Baim, Pine Bluff, reappointed to the Southeast Arkansas College Board of Trustees. Appointment expires July 1, 2018.

Mary Bassett, Fayetteville, reappointed to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. Appointment expires June 30, 2017.

Roger Carter, Hot Springs, reappointed to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. Appointment expires June 30, 2017.

Rick Collins, Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas HIV/AIDS Minority Taskforce.

Gay military ban ends

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- More than 17 years after a ban on openly gay U.S. service members was implemented, "don't ask, don't tell" has been lifted.

The policy that allowed gays to serve only so long as they kept their sexual orientation private was first implemented by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Since then it's been the source of a cultural battle between conservatives and liberals. 

Catherine Crisp with the Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) says this is an historic moment for the entire nation.

"This is a policy that never should have happened," says Crisp.

Crisp's partner of 17 years served in the Army and they both experienced first-hand the effects of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

HRC 'Road to Equality' Tour Comes to Arkansas

HRC 'Road to Equality' Tour Comes to Arkansas

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will be holding a press conference on Saturday, September 17 in Little Rock at the Central Arkansas Library. Arkansas is the ninth stop on HRC’s “On the Road to Equality,” a nationwide bus tour to spread the message of equality.

'Sound Off' Episode 4: Stonewall Democrats

'Sound Off' Episode 4: Stonewall Democrats

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (RSM) -- Our third interview is with Eric McDaniel of the Stonewall Democrats, a gay activist political organization that made headlines recently when addressed by Gov. Beebe earlier this year. CLICK HERE to listen.

Stonewall was caught up in controversy when leaders in the organization refused to publicly criticize the governor for making what some viewed as unfavorable remarks regarding gay rights in Arkansas. McDaniel has taken heat for this decision, and addresses that here in this interview. What do you think? Should the Stonewall Democrats have rebuked Gov. Beebe's comments, or did they do the right thing?

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Ross continues Town Hall meetings

Washington, D.C. (UNDATED) -- U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott will continue his town hall tour across Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District this year by hosting 14 town hall meetings in August.

Ross, who held a series of town halls earlier this year, said the public forums are in addition to the series of monthly telephone town hall meetings he has also been hosting throughout the year for residents of Arkansas's 4th Congressional District.

"I believe it's absolutely critical for members of Congress to get out of Washington, come home and listen to the people they represent. That's why I never moved to Washington and why I come home every weekend and during August to listen to folks," said Ross.

"We've got some major issues facing our country, particularly jobs, the economy and our national debt. More than ever, I want to hear from the people I represent and take their concerns and priorities back to the nation's capital to fight for them."