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Five States Receive Funding to Turn Around Low Achievement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Arkansas Free Press Staff   

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that five states will receive funding to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. The funds are part of $546 million available to states for the SIG program in fiscal year 2010. In fiscal year 2009, states received a total of $3.5 billion for the SIG program.

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Call For Photographs: $10,000 In Cash Awards PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tracy Crain   


Submitted Works From The Art Of Photography Show

The Art of Photography Show is seeking entries for their 2011 exhibition. Photographers interested have until May 31 to enter.  Entry fee is $25 for the first photo and $10 for each additional photograph.
 

Last Updated ( May 25, 2011 at 11:25 PM )
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Cotton Growers Hit Accelerator: May See Ugly Cotton PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Hightower   



Courtesy of The Farmer's Wife, "Farming Ugly."

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Arkansas cotton growers planting where possible
Early maturing varieties suggested due to compressed time frame 

STATE--Arkansas' cotton producers have hit the accelerator, planting wherever they can find a dry spot. Cotton was 80 percent planted, according to Monday's crop progress report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. That compared with 47 percent of the crop last week and just 11 percent the previous week. "By Friday, most producers had finished planting cotton south of I-40, with the exception of fields that remain under water,” said Tom Barber, associate professor and cotton agronomist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. "Producers in the northeast haven't been able to finish due to wet fields and cool weather.”

Last Updated ( May 25, 2011 at 09:06 PM )
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OpEd: Storms Drown Early-Season Optimism PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cooperative Extension Service Analysts   

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Repeated rains weighing down early season hopes
Each day of delays accelerating decline in yield potential, cash flow 

STATE - Round after round of flooding rains, hail and tornadoes are weighing down early season high hopes borne from strong prices for cotton and other crops, according to Robert Coats, professor and extension economist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. "Just as optimism was returning to the Arkansas row crop sector turbulent, weather returned," he said. "It’s now late in the row crop planting season, and with each passing day late planting and poor growing conditions likely means reduced production at harvest."

Last Updated ( May 25, 2011 at 09:43 PM )
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Hazardous Weather Alert Through Thursday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Arkansas Free Press Staff   

A HAZARDOUS WEATHER ALERT WAS ISSUED WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 AT 8:30P.M. BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN ARKANSAS:

ARKANSAS-BAXTER-BOONE-BRADLEY-CALHOUN-CLARK-CLEBURNE-CLEVELAND
CONWAY-DALLAS-DESHA-DREW-FAULKNER-FULTON-GARLAND-GRANT-HOT SPRING
INDEPENDENCE-IZARD-JACKSON-JEFFERSON-JOHNSON-LINCOLN-LOGAN-LONOKE-
MARION-MONROE-MONTGOMERY-NEWTON-OUACHITA-PERRY-PIKE-
POLK-POPE- PRAIRIE-PULASKI-SALINE-SCOTT-SEARCY-SHARP-STONE
VAN BUREN-WHITE- WOODRUFF AND YELL

Last Updated ( May 25, 2011 at 08:49 PM )
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Little Rock Film Festival Opens With Hank PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Kraus   

“The Last Ride,” a movie depicting the last few days of the life of country music legend Hank Williams, Sr. opens the 2011 Little Rock Film Festival. It was shot in the state by director Harry Thomason, an Arkansas native. From June 1-5, various locations around Little Rock host all types of film: narratives, documentaries, and shorts from around the world.

Last Updated ( Mar 02, 2013 at 04:31 PM )
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Bracing For More Severe Weather PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Hightower   



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West, NW Arkansas bracing for severe weather Tuesday night
Area still recovering from high winds, heavy rain Monday night
National Weather Service says violent tornadoes possible

BENTONVILLE-– Parts of western and northwest Arkansas were bracing for another round of severe weather Tuesday night. Northwest Arkansas was still reeling from the news of the tornado that ripped through Joplin, Mo., about 50 miles north, on Sunday, killing more than 100 people. In Arkansas, residents were doing their own cleanup from flash floods and tree-toppling winds that accompanied storms Monday night.

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