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Program gives Ark. dogs, prisoners a second chance

June 21, 2013

TUCKER — Arkansas has a number of dogs behind bars, but they're not in the pound.

They're part of a program called Paws in Prison that pairs pooches with prisoners for obedience training.

The program works with animal shelters and rescue groups across the state to set up training for the dogs, including some that were at risk of being euthanized. Convicts in six state prisons then teach the dogs to sit, stay and sometimes dramatically play dead — all before the pets are adopted by people across the country.

Arkansas unemployment rate rises slightly in May

June 21, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' unemployment rate rose slightly in May.

The state Department of Workforce Service reported Friday that the jobless rate increased from 7.2 percent in April to 7.3 percent in May. The department said that although there were 600 more jobs in the state in May — there were 2,400 more people looking for work.

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