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FRIDAY, MARCH 27TH
The Arkansas Legislature has approved two workforce training-related bills. The House voted 90-1 on Wednesday to approve a bill that would help the state comply with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, provide $27 million in funding and help build a workforce development plan for the state. Representative Rick Beck of Center Ridge has been an advocate of workforce development efforts since his first day in office and campaigned on the idea to increase those opportunities in the state.  The Senate, meanwhile, approved a key part of the governor’s workforce training initiative. The Senate voted 34-0 to approve a bill sponsored by Senator Jane English of North Little Rock to create a ten-member board to build a plan for vocational-technical education in the state, as well as an overall workforce development plan. The board would control the state’s adult education funding, as well as have a supervisory role for every vocation, technical and occupational education program in Arkansas. That bill also was approved in the House last week...

Though late in the typical flu season, the number of deaths in Arkansas attributed to influenza has gone up substantially in the past two weeks. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, the total number of flu deaths in the state this season is up to 55 with ten of those reported within the past two weeks. Although this year's strain has mutated, making the vaccine only 23 percent effective, officials still say you're better off getting the flu shot than not...

The Conway County Library hopes to expand its services to areas in rural areas of the county with a Bookmobile if a proposed grant is approved for the project. The Conway County Quorum Court on Monday approved a resolution authorizing County Judge Jimmy Hart to apply for a $15,000 grant through the Arkansas Department of Rural Services on behalf of the library.  If approved for the grant, the library would be able to transport books and other materials to elderly and homebound residents in distant areas of the county who can't make it to the library in Morrilton on a regular basis...

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has selected a Florida official to lead the state's economic development efforts. Hutchinson on Thursday announced he had hired Mike Preston as the new executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Preston has served as director of government relations for the past several years for Enterprise Florida, that state's official economic development organization. Hutchinson's office said Preston was part of a team that helped create more than 147,000 jobs and generate more than ten billion dollars in capital investment. Preston replaces Danny Games, who has been serving as interim economic development director for the past three months. Hutchinson's office said Games will continue as the commission's deputy director...
A new commissioner of the Arkansas Education Department has also been named. Governor Hutchinson announced former Senator Johnny Key has been named to that post. Key is a Republican from Mountain Home who now lives in Little Rock. He replaces Commissioner Tony Wood...
































































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When school resumes next week, so will our broadcasts of area high school baseball and softball games. On Monday, we'll bring you Sacred Heart softball against Mount Vernon-Enola. On Tuesday, we'll have Sacred Heart's baseball game against Guy-Perkins. Then next Wednesday, we'll have our first Morrilton High School broadcast of the season when the Devil Dog baseball team takes on Vilonia for a 5-A West conference doubleheader. All of those games will air live on KVOM AM 800...

The University of Arkansas baseball team pounded out 15 hits and scored ten runs to knock off Ole Miss, 10-3, Thursday evening in the SEC series opener at Baum Stadium. A pair of three-run innings fueled the offensive output as Joe Serrano and Brett McAfee tallied three hits apiece, while Tyler Spoon tied a season high with three runs batted in. The Hog continue that series with the Rebels Friday night. First pitch from Baum Stadium is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. The teams will play the series finale on Saturday at 2:00 p.m...