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Day: April 17, 2014

GOP gubernatorial candidates face off in Tea Party forum

Both republican candidates vying for the governor’s office faced off in a forum on Monday night. The forum ran the gamut, covering topics from tax reform to education, and the setup for the forum made for some interesting situations. The forum was an opportunity for a meet and greet with the two GOP candidates running for governor.

Although former Congressman Asa Hutchinson is considered the front runner for the May primary, challenger businessman Curtis Coleman appeared to be a favorite at the Tea Party sponsored event. But the people in attendance were there to listen and better…

‘Money, Class and Opportunity’ focus of Racial Attitudes Conference

An expert panel will discuss Arkansas’s economic future at the 11th annual Racial Attitudes in Pulaski County Forum from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock.

The event, titled “Money, Class and Opportunity,” is free and open to the public. Senator Joyce Elliott of the 33rd District will moderate a panel of civic leaders as they discuss what class, finance, and business means to Arkansas residents. In addition, Chief Economist and State Economic Forecaster Dr. Michael Pakko of Institute for Economic Advancement at UALR will give an…

President Obama, “Papi” Ortiz, selfie at the White House

The Boston Red Sox were at the White House Tuesday morning to celebrate their 2013 World Series championship. “Beards or no beards, it is an honor to welcome the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox to the White House,” said President Obama. “I think for the nation as a whole, there was something about this particular squad that was special, that will go down in history.”

At one point during the ceremony, team captain, Dominican Big Papi’ David Ortiz snapped an impromptu selfie with president Obama holding a No. 44 Red Sox jersey with his Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, which looked almost…

Mike Ross wants to expand Arkansas’ Pre-K Program

Little Rock, AR During a campaign stop on the steps of Fair Park Early Childhood Development Center, democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross introduced his plan to make pre-kindergarten accessible to every 4-year-old in Arkansas by 2025.

Ross said his “Start Sooner, Finish Stronger” education plan will do so by gradually making the state’s quality pre-k program, known as ABC, Arkansas Better Chance, accessible to every 4-year-old child in Arkansas through a sliding fee scale based on the child’s household income. Ross said his pre-kindergarten education plan could cost the state of…