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  1. New Criteria for Academic Distress

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    August 25, 2011 by Sue Madison

    Several members of the state Board of Education suggested newer and tougher standards for determining whether an Arkansas school district should be classified as being in academic distress.

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  2. Improvements Coming to State Hospital

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    August 21, 2011 by Sue Madison

    The State Hospital has agreed to a far-reaching improvement plan that will keep federal funding of the facility intact for the next year.

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  3. Arkansas’ Tourism Revenue Sees Small Increase

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    August 6, 2011 by Sue Madison

    Tourism’s contribution to the Arkansas economy increased about 1.4 percent last year, from $5.38 billion to $5.45 billion. The number of visitors to the state actually went down slightly, but their spending was up.

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  4. Sales Tax Holiday Coming Up

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    July 30, 2011 by Sue Madison

    By Senator Sue Madison (D) District 7 LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas shoppers can enjoy the state’s first sales tax holiday the weekend of August 6 and 7, when retail stores will not charge sales taxes on purchases of school supplies and articles of clothing costing less than $100. Accessories under $50 also will be exempt from the sales tax. Shoes, boots and sandals will also be exempt if they cost less than $100. The sales tax holiday is a result of Act 757, enacted earlier this year by the legislature. Although it was labeled a “back to school” tax holiday, it will benefit all consumers who buy clothes and accessories. No sales taxes at all will be collected, neither state nor local sales taxes. That means shoppers will pay what the sticker price indicates for clothing, accessories and school supplies. Clothing that will be exempt from the sales tax includes footware, diapers, wedding apparel, gloves, aprons, hats, neckties and even rubber pants. Exempt accessories include jewelry, cosmetics, briefcases, watches, wigs, hair notions, umbrellas and non-prescription sunglasses. Exempt school supplies include binders, paper, notebooks, markers, pencils, rulers and protractors. It is a long list of items that common sense dictates are …

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  5. State Closes Books on 2011 with $94 Million Surplus

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    July 22, 2011 by Sue Madison

    Thanks mainly to very conservative budgeting, Arkansas state government ended its fiscal year on June 30 with a surplus of about $94 million.

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