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Minimum wage plan meets initial signature count

Minimum wage plan meets initial signature count
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A proposal to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot after petitions for the measure passed an initial signature count. Secretary of State Mark Martin said Wednesday an initial count found that 64,000 signatures were submitted for the proposed initiated act backed by Give Arkansas a Raise Now. The group needs 62,507 signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot. The office is now checking to make sure the signatures are from registered voters. Clearing the initial count means supporters of the measure can have 30 more days to gather additional signatures if they fall short during the verification stage. The proposal would raise Arkansas' minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017. (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Upgrades planned for Batesville storm sirens

Upgrades planned for Batesville storm sirens

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Batesville City Council is preparing to upgrade their tornado sirens after some failed to go off during a storm last week.

Officials from the city and Independence County said they're aware of numerous sirens that haven't worked for years. They have been relying on a phone alert system, but only 3,000 residents are signed up. That's less than 10 percent of the county.

The Batesville council expects upgrades to cost between $15,000 and $25,000.

 

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

The agency surveyed other state lotteries and found that it's common for lotteries with ties to education to market through universities.

For instance, Woosley says the lottery could sell instant tickets with an Arkansas Razorbacks theme and have in-game ads that promote how much lottery money goes toward scholarships.

The idea is one of several Woosley is proposing to increase revenue.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

Law change creates possible public auction deals

Law change creates possible public auction deals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There's a boost coming to public auctions pushing to get tax money back from delinquent properties.

The state's biggest public sale arrives Tuesday at Verizon Arena.

A recent change in the law starts bidding at how much is owed in taxes, not assessed value.

Commissioner of State Lands, John Thurston, said that it's changing the crowd at the sale.

"And it's bringing more folks out. People that may not have had as deep a pocket can actually come out and be involved in the bidding," said Thurston.

Bidding can begin possibly thousands of dollars lower, but be aware, even if you pay a small amount at the auction, there are still several possibly steep expenses that come with tax delinquent property.

 

Governor Beebe discusses White House visit

Governor Beebe discusses White House visit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Governor Beebe will be discussing his recent meeting with President Obama regarding the fiscal cliff Wednesday, December 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Governor's Conference Room in the State Capitol. Beebe was invited to meet with the President as a member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee.

AETN to host four debates in ‘Election 2012’

AETN to host four debates in ‘Election 2012’

Democrat, Green, Independent, Republican candidates to participate in debates

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — Candidates in four races have agreed to participate in “Election 2012: The Debates,” which will tape and air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Oct. 23-25.

All debates will be held at the AETN studios, 350 South Donaghey Avenue, on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Seating is limited, and seats may be reserved by calling 800-662-2386. Doors will open one hour prior to taping times.

Debates, which will air on the same day they are taped, include:

Election results for Independence Co. judge, sheriff

Election results for Independence Co. judge, sheriff

Today's THV will be giving you complete coverage of the election on THV2 and THV2.com. For more news on politics, including the latest in the presidential race, visit our Campaign 2012 section on todaysthv.com.

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY JUDGE STANDINGS

  • Robert Griffin (incumbent) runs unopposed in the primary and general elections.

INDEPENDENCE COUNTY SHERIFF STANDINGS

  • Steve Jeffery (incumbent) runs unopposed in the primary and general elections.