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Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

From the office of Senator Mark Pryor:

To create jobs in Arkansas and across the country and strengthen the American tourism industry, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor this week joined with Senator Mark Begich (D-AL), Chuck Shumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to introduce the Travel Regional Investment Partnership (TRIP) Act.  The TRIP Act will promote domestic tourism by partnering public and private dollars through a competitive matching grant program within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Tourism supports over seven million domestic jobs and accounts for 2.8% of the United States’ gross domestic product.

Gay military ban ends

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- More than 17 years after a ban on openly gay U.S. service members was implemented, "don't ask, don't tell" has been lifted.

The policy that allowed gays to serve only so long as they kept their sexual orientation private was first implemented by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Since then it's been the source of a cultural battle between conservatives and liberals. 

Catherine Crisp with the Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) says this is an historic moment for the entire nation.

"This is a policy that never should have happened," says Crisp.

Crisp's partner of 17 years served in the Army and they both experienced first-hand the effects of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

'Sound Off' Episode 4: Stonewall Democrats

'Sound Off' Episode 4: Stonewall Democrats

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (RSM) -- Our third interview is with Eric McDaniel of the Stonewall Democrats, a gay activist political organization that made headlines recently when addressed by Gov. Beebe earlier this year. CLICK HERE to listen.

Stonewall was caught up in controversy when leaders in the organization refused to publicly criticize the governor for making what some viewed as unfavorable remarks regarding gay rights in Arkansas. McDaniel has taken heat for this decision, and addresses that here in this interview. What do you think? Should the Stonewall Democrats have rebuked Gov. Beebe's comments, or did they do the right thing?

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Pryor, Rockefeller introduce legislation to protect consumers’ personal info

Pryor, Rockefeller introduce legislation to protect consumers’ personal info

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) today reintroduced legislation to require businesses and nonprofit organizations that store consumers’ personal information to put in place strong security features to safeguard sensitive data, alert consumers when this data has been breached, and provide affected individuals with the tools they need to protect their credit and finances.  Currently, there is no single federal standard for guarding many types of consumer information.

“If companies are going to collect and store consumers’ personal information, safeguarding that information should be priority number one.  Unfortunately, we’re seeing some very popular companies outsmarted by hackers.  In fact, since we first introduced this legislation, we’ve seen major data breaches affect customers at Target, Best Buy, Walgreens and Sony,” said Senator Pryor, Chairman of the U.S.

Sound Off (Ep. 001): Patrick Kennedy

Sound Off (Ep. 001): Patrick Kennedy

Our first interview for "Sound Off"! Had a good time talking Arkansas politics with Patrick Kennedy. Who do you want to hear from on the next episode? Go to Rogue Star Media Group and let us know.


Governor's schedule for May 28 – June 2

Governor's schedule for May 28 – June 2

Saturday, May 28

6:15 p.m.

Governor Beebe addresses Unity Fest

Riverside Park, 1770 Cheney Drive, Batesville


Monday, May 30

10:00 a.m.

Governor Beebe addresses the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Memorial Day Ceremony

Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 West Maryland, North Little Rock


Wednesday, June 1

7:00 p.m.

Governor Beebe addresses the 2011 Girls State Swearing-in Ceremony

Benson Auditorium, Harding University, Searcy


Thursday, June 2

7:00 p.m.

Governor Beebe addresses the 2011 Boys State Swearing-in Ceremony

Old Main Auditorium, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey, Conway

Bookout: Redistricting work likely on Monday

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas Senate President Paul Bookout says the Legislature will work Monday on redrawing the state's congressional boundaries.

The House and Senate recessed Friday. Bookout said legislative leaders plan to call lawmakers back to the Capitol on Monday afternoon solely to complete work on redistricting. A redistricting proposal that has passed the House but faces heavy Republican opposition has met resistance in the state Senate.

Bookout told reporters that the proclamation would call lawmakers back to the Capitol to work on redistricting.

The House-passed proposal would move the city of Fayetteville from the 3rd Congressional District to the 4th, the only Democratic congressional district in the state. Bookout said he didn't know how long it would take to complete redistricting work.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)