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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.

Arkansas sales tax holiday this weekend

FORT SMITH — The second-biggest spending season of the year, back-to-school shopping, is upon us, and a tax holiday is set to begin Saturday in Arkansas.

Pryor, Cotton talk veterans issues

With the Department of Veterans Affairs in a state of turmoil amid the resignation of its former secretary, Arkansas’ two U.S. Senate candidates on Saturday touted their credentials to be advocates for military personnel.

Sports

Clarke: No Hard Feelings Toward UA

BELLA VISTA — Rotnei Clarke didn’t finish his college career with the Arkansas basketball program, transferring to Butler after his junior season.

Arkansas Staff Eager to Open Camp

BELLA VISTA — Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith spent his two-week hiatus traveling across the Midwest in what he called a “Griswold summer vacation.”

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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