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State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague June 10, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – The new director of the state Human Services Department presented to legislators the details of a restructuring plan that is designed to make business operations more efficient. The expectation is that the changes will save money and allow caseworkers more time to perform their duties ...

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State Capitol Week in Review from Senator Larry Teague

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague May 13, 2016 LITTLE ROCK – In a decision that has financial implications for schools across Arkansas, a Pulaski County judge has ruled in favor of the state and against a small, isolated district in the Ozark Mountains. The Deer/Mount Judea School District filed a lawsuit claiming that the state failed ...

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State Reports Record Lottery Sales

Bids Open on 25 State Highway Project BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The enormous Powerball prize generated record sales of lottery tickets in Arkansas and increased income for college scholarships. However, legislative leaders said they would take a long term view of the program’s finances and be cautious about any attempt to raise scholarship amounts. Arkansas ...

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Ark. Increases Number of Foster Homes; Eliminates Backlog

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Since August the state has added 109 foster homes with space for 232 more children, the governor announced at the dedication of a 33-bed residential home for children in Charleston. The state Division of Children and Family Services has eliminated a backlog of more than 1,200 foster parent inquiries, which is ...

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EDMC Student Loans to be Forgiven After Fraud Probe

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – More than $703,000 in loans to about 800 former college students in Arkansas will be forgiven under a global settlement between state attorneys general, the federal Justice and Education Departments and the nation’s second largest for-profit higher education company. It’s called Education Management Corporation (EDMC) and nationally it has about 100,000 ...

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State to Open New Veteran’s Facility; Seeks Long-Term Water Plan

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – More than 249,000 veterans live in Arkansas and more than 106,000 of them are older than 65. The state’s second long-term care facility for veterans is scheduled to open in North Little Rock at the end of 2016. Ground was broken in late July and in August the facility received a ...

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Highway Funding Group has December Deadline

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The deadline is approaching for the Governor’s Working Group on Highway Funding to formalize its list of ideas on how to generate revenue for highway and bridge projects. The group has been working since June, and its goal has been to come up with funding options that would raise about $160 ...

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State Continues Statewide Broadband Planning

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – With the support of Senate and House leadership, a legislative committee voted to begin the complex process of providing broadband Internet access to all areas of Arkansas. The President Pro Tem of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives urged the Joint Committee on Advanced Communications and Information ...

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Arkansas Ranks 38th in State Exports

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The value of produces exported by Arkansas companies went down by 4.1 percent last year, but the long-term trend for exports remains positive. In 2014 Arkansas sent $6.9 billion worth of goods to overseas markets. That is a drop from the previous year, when Arkansas exports totaled $7.2 billion. However, it ...

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ACT Scores Remain the Same

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – The results of this year’s ACT tests are now available. They’re the commonly used standardized tests for college admission. Arkansas high school seniors averaged a composite score of 20.4 out of a possible 36. That is the same average score as last year. Nationwide, the average score was 21, and it ...

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