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Early voting begins for Jacksonville School District

Early voting begins for Jacksonville School District


JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Early voting started on Tuesday for a proposal to create a school district in Jacksonville.

Currently, the city's schools are part of the Pulaski County Special School District. Only people living in Jacksonville can vote.

Early voting ends on Monday with the general election next Tuesday. Voters must have an ID when voting this year.

For polling times and places, click here.

Minimum wage plan meets initial signature count

Minimum wage plan meets initial signature count
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A proposal to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot after petitions for the measure passed an initial signature count. Secretary of State Mark Martin said Wednesday an initial count found that 64,000 signatures were submitted for the proposed initiated act backed by Give Arkansas a Raise Now. The group needs 62,507 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot. The office is now checking to make sure the signatures are from registered voters. Clearing the initial count means supporters of the measure can have 30 more days to gather additional signatures if they fall short during the verification stage. The proposal would raise Arkansas' minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017. (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

POTUS lands at Little Rock Air Force Base

POTUS lands at Little Rock Air Force Base

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has landed at the Little Rock Air Force Base. He will soon tour communities in Arkansas that were hit hard recently by severe tornadoes.

Obama plans to meet with victims, local officials and emergency personnel. Fifteen people were killed April 27 when tornadoes ripped through the Little Rock suburbs.

Wednesday's visit will be Obama's first to the state as president. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, U.S. Congressman Tim Griffin, and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola will ride with the president in his helicopter from the Little Rock Air Force Base where the president will arrive in Air Force One, to Vilonia.

Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor invited Obama to tour the damage and was expected to accompany him. Pryor is running for a third term against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton in one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country.

The arrival and departure of Air Force One is closed to the public.

Robert Reich documentary ‘Inequality for All’ showing at Ron Robinson Theater

Robert Reich documentary ‘Inequality for All’ showing at Ron Robinson Theater

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s ‘Inequality for All’ documentary will show at Ron Robinson Theater Thurs., May 1 at 7 p.m.

Fire ratings affect homeowner insurance

Fire ratings affect homeowner insurance

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - New requirements for fire departments may affect your insurance rates.

After being forced to meet two separate standards for insurance purposes, fire departments are now able to roll those standards into one.

Little Rock AFB Reserve unit may see changes

Little Rock AFB Reserve unit may see changes

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (LRAFB) – Significant changes would come to the Air Force Reserve at Little Rock AFB under the proposed Department of Defense budget request for fiscal 2015.

If enacted into law, the 22nd Air Force, Detachment 1, a C-130 Air Force Reserve unit at the central Arkansas base, would convert to the 913th Airlift Group, and be equipped with 10 C-130 J-model aircraft.  The unit would also be authorized to grow to more than 600 Reserve Airmen.

The proposed change in force structure at Little Rock AFB is just one part of an Air Force Reserve-wide shift as detailed in the Air Force portion of the fiscal 2015 President’s Budget Request (PBR).

Arkansans vote against tax increase in Pulaski County

Arkansans vote against tax increase in Pulaski County

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The polls are closed and results are in.

Pulaski County voters voted against a tax increase to raise millions of dollars for Pulaski Technical College. 25.31 voted for the tax, and 74.69 voted against it.

The school would need mote than $11 million for renovations and upgrades, and some voters thought the school should come up with the funding itself.

If the vote had passed, homeowners would be paying $38 on a home valued at $100,000.

Meanwhile, Stuttgart residents also voted on a tax increase.

They voted 'yes' to support the Baptist Health Medical Center there. The 1 percent tax increase is expected to generate $2.4 million annually for the Stuttgart hospital.