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FRIDAY, MARCH 24TH
With the state's 91st General Assembly winding down next week, Representative Rick Beck of Center Ridge is pleased that he was able to get some of the bills he sponsored passed into law. One of those is a visitation bill that honors the late iconic radio host Casey Kasem and many others who have died in isolation. Kasem's daughter, a proponent of the bill, testified at the State Capitol last week that her stepmother kept her and her siblings from seeing their dad the year leading up to his death. The legislation allows a judge to decide who gets to visit an incapacitated person. Representative Beck says it's a bill that protects visitation rights for relatives of wards.  The bill has passed through the House and Senate and is now waiting Governor Asa Hutchinson's signature...
Beck is also excited about the support he received for his local foods bill that will require agencies to include locally-grown foods in state contracts.  Beck hopes to have a public signing for that bill when the governor signs it into law...

A former University of Central Arkansas student who pleaded guilty to falsely reporting a terrorist threat has been sentenced to five years of probation. Nineteen-year-old Samuel Dalton Davies was charged with falsely reporting a terrorist threat following a social media post in October 2015 that suggested an act of terrorism was to take place on the university’s campus. The Log Cabin Democrat reports Davies is required to pay court fees along with a $1,500 fine and must also complete 120 hours of community service within three years. Davies, who was banned from UCA following the posts, could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison...

Local unemployment rates ticked up a bit in January, according to the latest data released by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. In Conway County, the jobless rate increased from 5.2% in December to 5.8% in January, matching the rate from a year ago. In Perry County, unemployment increased eight-tenths of a percentage point to 5.2%, still seven-tenths of a point below the same month last year. Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point, from 3.9% in December to 3.8% in January. The United States’ jobless rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.8% for the month.​..

Petit Jean State Park officials are asking for the public's help to clean and maintain some of the park's landmarks. The park will host Volunteer Day on Saturday, April 1st. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., volunteers will organize at Pavilion A to go out and do various projects around the park. Volunteers will break into different teams to clean graffiti left on landmarks and also do trail work, including moving gravel, sawing and pruning limbs. Officials say the event is a great chance to help leave a lasting legacy of your own at Arkansas’s first state park. Officials encourage anyone who loves Petit Jean State Park including large civic groups, community-minded sports teams, scout groups, families, or anyone else to attend. Good work gloves, closed-toe shoes, and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty are recommended. You are also encouraged to bring a sack lunch and to meet back at pavilion A for fellowship at around noon. For more information about Volunteer Day, you can contact the park at petitjean@arkansas.com or by phone at 727-5441.​..































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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The 24th-ranked University of Arkansas baseball team hits the road for just the second time this season when the Razorbacks travel to Columbia, Missouri for a three-game series against the red-hot, 18th-ranked Missouri Tigers beginning Friday. Missouri has won 20 consecutive games entering this series. Friday's game is set for noon...

The Arkansas softball team also plays on the road against a ranked opponent this weekend when they face No. 20 Kentucky for a three-game series in Lexington...

In high school action, the Nemo Vista baseball team is scheduled to take on Greenland on Friday in a tournament in Atkins...






































































































































































































































































 









































































































































































































































































































































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