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Arkansas Supreme Court: Minimum wage can stay on ballot

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' highest court says the November ballot can include a proposal to gradually increase the state's minimum wage.

The Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling on Monday rejects a challenge by a Little Rock businessman who wanted to block a ballot question that asks voters to raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 by 2017.

Arkansas is one of the few states with a minimum wage below the federal level of $7.25 an hour. Democrats had pushed for the issue to be on the ballot.

The businessman, Jackson T. Stephens Jr., had challenged the deadline that the state used to accept petitions for the ballot proposal. He also argued that the signatures submitted by supporters were invalid.

Early voting for the election began Oct. 20.

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