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Clinton School Students to Compete in National Policy Competition

Clinton School Students to Compete in National Policy Competition

LITTLE ROCK - A team of students from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will compete this weekend in the finals of Policy Solutions Challenge USA, a national competition among U.S. schools of public policy, public affairs and public administration.

 

The competition requires student teams to develop innovative solutions to the most important policy problems facing the country. The topic of this year’s challenge is “Responses to Childhood Obesity in the U.S.” Student teams are required to create policy solutions and present them to a panel of judges.

 

Clinton School students Mara D’Amico, Angela Bukenya, Christine Sumner and Jillian Underwood won the South Region competition in February and will compete in the finals Friday and Saturday at the American University School of Public Policy in Washington D.C. They will compete against seven other teams from across the country.

 

Regulating body art in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The 1970s marks the last time serious body art legislation has been passed in Arkansas. Though some artists say the current regulations are good, more laws are needed to keep tattoo needles out of the wrong hands.

Right now, tattoo artists must go through more than 300 hours of training, including class work, to get a license in Arkansas. Though it is illegal, some practice without licenses and tattoo whoever they want out of their home; a serious health and business concern for lawful tattoo artists.

"I mean I know it's going to hurt, but I'm not really worried about the pain," said Savannah Hargis bracing for her first tattoo.

Lawmakers file 600+ bills before deadline

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Legislators made their final pitch of ideas to the General Assembly on Monday. Lawmakers filed more than 600 bills surrounding headliner discussions like Medicaid, education and taxes. The rush was brought on by the deadline for proposing legislation.

Representative Terry Rice plans to fight crime with his newest bill. He proposed a ban of selling copper for cash. The concept came just days from an enormous copper heist in Jefferson County, where thieves stole an estimated $5.5 million in copper from rail cars.

"Authorities cannot be everywhere. That's the problem. This is happening in rural areas; it's happening in metro areas; it's happening everywhere. You can't just simply be everywhere. We're going to have to find some place at the source to get some more help," said Rice.

Metal buyers will have to use numbered checks or credit cards so authorities can see who's doing business.

Ark. AG outlines election reform proposals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is pushing legislative proposals that would toughen the penalties for fraudulently gathering signatures for a ballot measure and require more disclosures from those working on ballot question campaigns.

McDaniel said Wednesday that recent initiative petition campaigns revealed "severe" problems with forged and fraudulent signatures. In one case, he said, a single petition had more than 100 repeat signatures with some voters' names appearing as many as 30 times.

The proposals, filed by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram, would make it a felony to write someone else's name on a petition or knowingly pay someone in exchange for a signature. They would also require a ballot question committee to disclose information about their financial contributors and the names of their paid canvassers.

Beebe appoints 21 to boards and commissions

 Beebe appoints 21 to boards and commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

This Week in Argenta

This Week in Argenta

Now - March 16: "For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights" at Laman Library, Main Branch. Through a compelling mix of photographs, television clips, and other historic artifacts, For All the World to See traces how images disseminated in popular magazines like LIFE, JET, and EBONY, and real-time events brought into homes via television coverage helped transform public opinion about racism and racial justice in America.

The Argenta Film Series Presents Academy Award Winner UNDEFEATED

The Argenta Film Series Presents Academy Award Winner UNDEFEATED

The Argenta Film Series Presents Academy Award Winner UNDEFEATED, Febuary 21st, 7p.m., Argenta Community Theater with special guest Bill Courtney, coach of the Manassas Tigers football team.

Set against the backdrop of a high school football season, Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s documentary UNDEFEATED, winner of the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature, is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

Founded in 1899, Manassas High School in North Memphis has never seen its football team, the Tigers, win a playoff game. In recent decades, the last-place Tigers had gone so far as to sell its regular season games to rival schools looking to chalk up an easy win.