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State budget announcement delayed


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Governor Hutchinson called a special meeting on Tuesday where he reiterated his plans to cut tax rates for the middle class by one percent.

He gave a visualization by comparing Arkansas' income tax rate to surrounding states, showing that our state holds the highest percentage.

The governor said there had been concerns over whether there was a glitch since the plan wasn't rolled out as planned on Tuesday, but he denied these claims.

"There's no glitch. It's just a matter of making sure we get feedback from the legislature if there's any concerns we haven't addressed. I wanted to be able to hear from them first," said Hutchinson.

The finalized plan will move from draft to print next Tuesday after a comment period from lawmakers.

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Mild, dry weather sparks wildfire concern


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- Breezy, mild and dry weather has led to an increase in wildfires across the state. The number one culprit is burning debris outside.

More than 1,300 acres burned in 86 wildfires across Arkansas this past weekend, according to Adriane Barnes with the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

"Hundred acre fires happened in Pulaski County, Faulkner County, Izard and Searcy County. All on Sunday."

A separate fire in Grant County resulted in the loss of 2 homes and Barnes said another incident in Saline County took 10 fire agencies before it was contained.

"A driver of a truck was either dragging a chain behind a camper or had a flat tire on the camper itself and created sparks along a five mile radius of highway that created 19 individual wildfires."

Trojan Idol: UALR asks students, faculty, and staff for new song


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Do you think you have what it takes to write the next great college fight song? If you're part of the UALR family, now you have the chance to gain fight song immortality.

The University of Arkansas- Little Rock posted on their website asking current and former students, faculty, and staff to send submissions for new lyrics to their fight song.

If your song gets picked by the university, it will officially be adopted as the Trojan fight song. The winner will also receive a $500 prize.

Sen. Boozman named to chair US Senate subcommittee


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John Boozman has been named chairman of a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate's Appropriations Committee.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran announced Tuesday that Boozman, a Republican, will chair the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.

The subcommittee has jurisdiction over annual funding for various federal agencies in the Executive Branch, Federal Courts and the District of Columbia.

It oversees funding for financial-related agencies including the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The subcommittee is also responsible for recommending funding for independent agencies that include the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Postal Service.

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NLR Business sponsors 200 students to see "Selma"


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "I felt it's vitally important for our youth to understand the struggle of the civil rights and voting rights," Leanna Godley explained. Godley is the President of Goddess Products in North Little Rock and purchased 200 tickets for middle and high school students to see the highly-acclaimed movie "Selma".

The movie follows the three-month period in 1965 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a historic movement to get equal voting rights for all people. A part of history Little Rock teacher, Taliba Ali, said many students do not know much about. "Our children are no longer reading as much as they used to and they depend on television," Ali explained.

Thought-provoking exhibition coming to Arkansas Art Center


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 19, 2015) – The Arkansas Arts Center, the state's premiere center for visual and performing arts, presents 30 Americans, on view April 10 through June 21, 2015, in the Jeannette Edris Rockefeller and Townsend Wolfe Galleries.

"This exhibition presents a sweeping survey of artwork by many of the most influential African-American artists of the last four decades," said Arkansas Arts Center executive director Todd Herman. "For years, I've searched for an exhibition of this kind but couldn't quite find what I was looking for – an exhibition with powerful interpretations of cultural identity and artistic legacy. When I came across 30 Americans, I knew this was exactly what I wanted patrons and visitors of the Arts Center to experience. These themes are universal in nature and speak to the larger human experience."

'The Young & The Restless' star visits Ark. on MLK Day


BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Please join the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission for the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday "A Day Of Service – A Day On Not A Day Off" at the Benton Event Center.

The event will feature special guest and keynote speaker, Eric Braeden, famously known as "Victor Newman" on "The Young and the Restless" with special appearances by Miss Arkansas Ashton Campbell and the Honorable Asa Hutchinson, 46th Governor of Arkansas.

The event will be on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the main celebratory ceremony will commence at 10:00 p.m.

** This event is free and open to the public**