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EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

EPA to power plants: Clean up your act

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is clamping down on power plant pollution in 27 states, including Arkansas, that contributes to unhealthy air downwind.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced on Thursday a plan to reduce smokestack pollution causing smog and soot in downwind states - where it combines with local air contaminants, making it impossible for those states to meet air quality standards on their own.

The rule differs from one proposed by the Obama administration in July.

End is near for unlimited wireless

End is near for unlimited wireless

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Verizon Wireless kills off its unlimited data plan for new smartphone customers on Thursday, it will mark another blow for endless Web surfing and video streaming.

The move by the nation's largest wireless carrier has long been anticipated. More people are switching to smartphones and using an increasing amount of data for all manner of wireless activities. The shift could help wireless carriers ensure that they can handle the traffic flowing over the new higher-speed "4G," or fourth-generation, data networks they're rolling out.

AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA, the second- and fourth-largest U.S. carriers, respectively, have already set limits on monthly data usage. AT&T uses tiered data plans like the one Verizon is rolling out, while T-Mobile slows data speeds for unlimited data plan customers who use up their monthly allotment.

Main Street Arkansas awards revitalization grants to 13 programs

Main Street Arkansas awards revitalization grants to 13 programs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Main Street Arkansas has awarded $69,329 for Arkansas projects through its Main Street Arkansas Downtown Revitalization Grant program, Governor Mike Beebe announced today.

Arkansas’ unemployment rate increases to 7.8 Percent

Arkansas’ unemployment rate increases to 7.8 Percent

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 7.7 percent in April to 7.8 percent in May. Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 3,600, a result of 1,200 more unemployed and 4,800 fewer employed Arkansans. At 9.1 percent, the United States’ jobless rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point.

DWS Communications Director Kimberly Friedman said, "Arkansas’ unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point in May, as the civilian labor force declined slightly.

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Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Consider this: Where would you turn for advice on assisting a loved one affected by Alzheimer's? How will your basic needs be met should your child become ill with cancer? What kinds of chemicals and additives are in your food -- and how is it affecting your health?

Do you know where to go to even get these answers?

Earlier this spring I was able to attend an event at War Memorial Stadium called "Little Rock Serves," which is sponsored by Create Little Rock, an arm of the Little Rock Chamber.

ADEQ selects finalists for environmental award

ADEQ selects finalists for environmental award

One of five finalists will be chosen later this month to receive the 2011 Arkansas Environmental Stewardship Award (“ENVY Award”), presented by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to recognize efforts to enhance and protect Arkansas’ natural resources. The winning entry will be announced during the April 22 meeting of the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (APC&EC) at the ADEQ headquarters building, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, as one of the featured events during the agency’s annual Earth Week observance.

The “ENVY Award” was established by the ADEQ in 2005 to honor a major contribution by an individual or organization involving environmental stewardship activities in Arkansas.