The unemployment rate in Arkansas in October was 6 percent, down from 6.2 percent the month before. The workforce also grew by 9,400 jobs, putting the total working up over the same month a year ago. /more/
The monthly report:
Labor force data, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and released today by the Department of Workforce Services, show Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.1 percent in December to 7.2 percent in January. /more/
I find myself in league with some unusual allies, including Rep. Nate Bell, in opposition to the legislatively referred constitutional amendment that would pledge state revenues to support huge loans to private business and also legalize taxpayer subsidies of chambers of commerce. The political majority takes fiscal prudence, but this and a new office building for Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr show they don't put their savings where their mouths are.
A college student and his dad who visited a gun range over the weekend for some bonding time over target practice were told to leave after the owner grew suspicious that the pair were...Muslims! Nope, not Muslims — they just happened to not be white. Either way, though, it's rank discrimination.
On residency requirements for LRPD officers and why many of his officers choose to live outside the city, community policing, mass incarceration, juvenile justice, assault rifles and gun control and more.
The University of Texas opened classes in Austin this week with a bit of student protest. The "Cocks Not Glocks" campaign encourages students to carry dildos and sex toys to mock the beginning of a new state law that allows concealed weapons on campus.
The Arkansas Bar Association has already announced it opposition to the nursing home-backed amendment to limit damages in medical lawsuits. Today, it is expected to announce a list of former bar presidents who oppose the amendment and the filing of a lawsuit challenging the ballot title.
A petition drive has begun to encourage a demand that Sen. Jason Rapert pay for the legal fees in defending his Ten Commandments monument proposed for the state Capitol grounds. It's more work by the Satanic Temple, which has fought church-state entanglement around the country.