Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
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JOBS. Custom Aircraft Cabinets, a North Little Rock-based cabinetmaking firm that supplies upholstery and cabinets to the aerospace industry, announced that it's planning a $5.9 million expansion into Sherwood. The plant will hire 150 new workers, at wages between $15 to $20 per hour. CAC's sister firm, Reliable Fire Protection, will also add 20 jobs at $20 per hour, bringing Reliable's total workforce to 70.
EXPLORING A PARTNERSHIP. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and St. Vincent Health System are contemplating joining forces in some capacity. How UAMS could ensure that taxpayer dollars it receives don't go to support a private hospital is just one of many questions officials say they're considering.
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ALLEN MEADORS. The former University of Central Arkansas president was charged with one misdemeanor count of tampering with a public record over allegations that Meadors asked a subordinate at UCA to shred a letter from food vendor Aramark. Aramark had made a $700,000 donation to a fund that was used to renovate the president's on-campus house. The letter in question spelled out that a stipulation of the donation was the renewal of Aramark's contract with UCA.
BILL WALKER. The Arkansas Department of Career Education director called his hiring of an interpreter, Clara Taylor, for the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Division a mistake. Taylor was not certified as an interpreter, scored second lowest among nine applicants and failed to translate a simple video in either of two types of sign language. Walker transferred Taylor to a new position in the agency.
MIKE HUCKABEE. Never afraid of bending (or stomping all over) the truth in order to score political points, Mike Huckabee said in his speech at the Republican National Convention that President Obama thinks infanticide is OK. Said the Huckster, "Of the four people on the two tickets, the only self-professed evangelical is Barack Obama, and he supports changing the definition of marriage, believes that human life is disposable and expendable at any time in the womb or even beyond the womb ... ."