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June 21st

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.

June 20th

Ark. panel accepting comments on voter ID rules

June 20, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' law requiring voters to show photo identification faced questions Wednesday about who would resolve disputes when people don't look like their ID photos, as the state's top election panel began finalizing rules for its enforcement.

The state Board of Election Commissioners voted to begin accepting public comments on the new law, which is set to take effect next year. The panel is expected to hold a public hearing on the rules and give final approval to them on Aug. 21.

House rejects farm bill, 62 Republicans vote no

June 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — The House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.

Those cuts weren't deep enough for many Republicans who objected to the cost of the nearly $80 billion-a-year program, which has doubled in the past five years. The vote was 234-195 against the bill, with 62 Republicans voting against it.

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