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Batesville lands new DHS processing center, up to 100 jobs coming

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Human Services plans to open a new processing and cell center in Batesville, creating up to 100 jobs.

The agency says the Batesville site was selected out of 75 proposals from 35 communities. Funding for the center comes from federal stimulus money.

The center will house 50 workers initially, building up to 100 full-time workers within six month. The agency says the workers will process applications and case changes for several public assistance programs, including ARKids First, Medicaid and SNAP, which was formerly known as the food stamp program.

The department expects to break ground later this year and plans to be processing applications in the fall of 2010.

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