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State aid available for storm victims in three counties

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe has released $300,000 from the Governor’s Disaster Fund to provide assistance to eligible, uninsured victims of severe storms and flooding that occurred at the end of June, Beebe’s office announced Tuesday.

Windstream announces plan to spin off some assets

LITTLE ROCK — Little Rock-based telecommunications company Windstream said Tuesday it plans to spin off some of its assets into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust, a move the company said would reduce its debt by by about $3.2 billion.

State drug director to retire

LITTLE ROCK — State Drug Director Fran Flener will retire effective Thursday, Gov. Mike Beebe’s office said Monday.

Survey cites discrimination against LGBT community in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK — A survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Arkansans found that one in four has experienced employment discrimination and more than one in three has experienced harassment at work, a group that promotes gay rights said Monday.

Tyson selling operations in Mexico, Brazil

LITTLE ROCK — Springdale-based Tyson Foods said Monday it will sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million to help pay for its acquisition of Hillshire Brands.

Sports

KING: Lining Up Viewing Schedule

LITTLE ROCK — Inspired by the SEC’s announcement that all 14 schools will play football on the conference’s new network during the first four weeks of the season, the exercise in long-range planning was to identify the must-see game of the week while dealing with some self-imposed parameters.

Opinion

Editorial: Keep E-Cigarettes Away From Minors

Electronic cigarettes, now a $1.5 billion to $2 billion business, have become difficult to ignore. The electronic devices, which might look like cigarettes or cigars or even pipes, come with different battery sizes and burn a variety of vapors that might contain a greater or smaller amount of nicotine and a flavor enhancer, according to a February Southwest Times Record report .

Editorial: Different goals should lead to different tests for alternative schools in Arkansas

Although we have always supported the hypothetical goal of leaving no students behind, we also have always held that in reality, not all students will make the same progress. Thus we have argued that alternative schools like Fort Smith’s Belle Point secondary school, which enrolls students who do not succeed in traditional schools, should not be judged by the same criteria as traditional schools face.

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