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Arkansas ACT scores show improvement

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ high school graduating class of 2014 took the ACT college entrance exam in higher numbers and on average scored higher than the 2013 senior class, the state Department of Education said Wednesday in a news release.

Upswing in personal savings seen in state, nationally in ‘erratic’ recovery

FORT SMITH — Although a Federal Reserve survey taken last fall found 40 percent of people don’t feel like they have enough money to save, the Fed’s most recent numbers tell a different story with personal sector savings deposits showing a drastic increase since fourth-quarter 2013 levels of $207.1 billion to 2014’s first quarter figure of $574.3 billion.