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Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Marijuana Proposal
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Marijuana Proposal

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again rejected a proposed constitutional amendment for the 2018 ballot to legalize marijuana in the state.
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Arkansas Unemployment Unchanged at 3.9 Percent

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.9 percent in July, according to a report Friday by the state Department of Workforce Services.
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Seedlings to Sawmills: Forestry Is Key to Arkansas Economy (Commentary)

Arkansas forestry has a total economic impact of $3.2 billion annually, with wages averaging $49,000 per year. Of the forests covering more than 19 million acres of Arkansas, only 13 percent is owned by private industry.
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Donald Trump Names Leslie Rutledge, Others to Agriculture Panel

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has named Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge to his newly created Agriculture Advisory Committee.
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