Arkansas attorney general rejects marijuana plan
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the proposed wording for a prospective ballot item that would let voters decide whether to legalize marijuana in the state.
McDaniel's office on Thursday said the name and ballot title on the proposal sponsored by Rockie Barley of Malvern is ambiguous and has "misleading tendencies." McDaniel says changes are needed to more fully and correctly summarize the proposal.
McDaniel has approved two other marijuana-related ballot proposals for the 2016 ballot. One would legalize medical marijuana and the second would allow voters to decide whether to approve making it legal to grow and possess marijuana and all products derived from the cannabis plant.
LITTLE ROCK DESEGREGATION
Court ends part of Arkansas desegregation lawsuit
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge is ending a large part of an Arkansas desegregation case rooted in the Little Rock Central High School crisis of 1957.
The lawsuit was originally filed by a Little Rock school district in 1982. It said state policies were still creating racial imbalance despite changes made since nine black teenagers needed federal troops to enter Little Rock Central nearly six decades ago.
Arkansas went on to give three school districts more than $1 billion to promote integration.
Judge D.P. Marshall Junior ruled in January the schools had made enough progress to allow the state to end its payments in four years.
He formalized that decision Thursday by dismissing the state and two districts from the case. The rural Pulaski County district remains under court supervision.
DRINKING WATER-FORT SMITH
Fort Smith to begin adding fluoride to water
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Fort Smith officials have announced the city will use a $1.8 million grant to add fluoride to its water system.
The Southwest Times Record reports city officials authorized the execution of a fluoride grant agreement between Fort Smith and the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation. The grant will fund fluoridation equipment and storage buildings for the fluoride.
The grant stipulates that Fort Smith complete the project within 18 months.
The city expects to spend about $100,000 each year on the project.
In 2011, the state passed a law requiring water systems serving at least 5,000 people to add fluoride to its public supply. The law applies to 34 systems in Arkansas.
Construction resumes on Vilonia school after storm
VILONIA, Ark. (AP) - Crews have resumed the construction of a Vilonia school after much of their work was destroyed in a tornado.
KTHV-TV reports that the project was several weeks away from completion when hundreds of hours of labor were destroyed in just a few minutes.
Project manager Lance Wright says construction of the 95,000-square-foot intermediate school was more than 90 percent complete before the tornado hit. The school was set to open its doors this week, but Wright says mother nature had other plans.
Vilonia Superintendent David Stephens says the crews will be able to make improvements to the school during its rebuild. He says it should be ready next year.
MINING SAFETY GRANT-ARKANSAS
Arkansas labor dept. receives mining safety grant
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Labor has been chosen to receive a nearly $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Mining Safety and Health Administration.
The $99,335 grant was announced Thursday.
The money is to be used to provide federally required training to miners. The grants cover training and retraining of miners working at surface and underground coal and metal and nonmetal mines, including miners engaged in shell dredging or employed at surface stone, sand and gravel mining operations.
The grant is among more than $8.3 million in total grants being awarded for 47 states and the Navajo Nation.
Bella Vista man claims $1 million Powerball prize
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Bella Vista man has claimed a $1 million Powerball prize.
Arkansas Lottery officials said Thursday that David Dahlqvist turned in the winning ticket that he bought for $2 at Casey's General Store in Bella Vista.
The winning ticket is from the August 9th Powerball drawing.
Dahlqvist told lottery officials he plans to use the money to pay some bills and to save "for a rainy day.
Officer in Wal-Mart shooting involved in 2010 case
CINCINNATI (AP) - Authorities confirm a police officer on leave after the fatal shooting of a man at an Ohio Wal-Mart also was involved in a 2010 fatal shooting but wasn't indicted after evidence showed he acted in self-defense.
Authorities haven't said which of the two responding officers in the Wal-Mart case fired the shot killing 21-year-old John Crawford the Third on August 5th in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. Beavercreek city attorney Stephen McHugh says Officer Sean Williams remains on administrative leave. Sergeant David Darkow is back on the job.
McHugh said by email Thursday that Williams and Darkow aren't commenting.
A county grand jury in 2010 didn't charge Williams in the fatal shooting of an intoxicated man authorities said attacked Williams and another officer.
Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated is based in Bentonville, Arkansas.
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