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Ebony Mitchell Hired as Director of External Affairs at Arkansas Foodbank (Movers & Shakers)

Mitchell, previously Miss Arkansas, will oversee the organization’s marketing, communications and advocacy work. read more >

Rich Huddleston Joins Arkansas Community Foundation

After nearly 30 years with Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, he was ready for something different. But he has no plans to step away from philanthropic work any time soon. read more >
Keesa Smith, executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

Keesa Smith Named Executive Director of AACF

She joins AACF after spending the past decade at the Arkansas Department of Human Services, where she was deputy director of youth and families. read more >
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Rich Huddleston Stepping Down as AACF Director

The organization expects to have a new director in place before the Arkansas General Assembly convenes in January. read more >
Matthew C. Boch is an attorney with Dover Dixon Horne PLLC.
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Tax Fighters Take Aim at Arkansas Income LevyLock Icon

If Arkansas politicians succeed in a push to abolish the state personal income tax, partly to avoid losing ultra-wealthy residents, the state must reckon with what it will give up: $3 billion a year in revenue. read more >
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Arkansas Heart Hospital Adds Lishmanov (Movers & Shakers)

Dr. Anton Lishmanov has joined the cardiology team at Arkansas Heart Hospital and is seeing patients at clinics in Saline County, Little Rock, Hot Springs, Danville and Russellville. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state Department of Human Services Director Cindy Gillespie.
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Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules in Arkansas, Kentucky

The Trump administration's efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency were dealt a blow Wednesday, when a federal judge ruled that Medicaid work requirements undermined the program's mission of providing health care for the needy. read more >
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AACF Pushes for More Focus on Children in Upcoming Election

Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families encourages constituents to consider issues that affect children as they decide who to vote for in the upcoming election. read more >
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Arkansas Climbs 8 Spots in National Child Economic Well-Being Rankings

For the first time in six years, the number of Arkansas children living in poverty decreased, according to data released Tuesday in the annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book. read more >
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Rich Huddleston: Improving Welfare Will Benefit Arkansas’ Future

Before being named the executive director of Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families in July 2004, Rich Huddleston was the research and fiscal policy director for the nonprofit and was the lead program staff for its State Fiscal Analysis Initiative. read more >
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Arkansas Groups Launch Effort to Promote Federal Health Law

Several Arkansas advocacy groups announced Tuesday they were partnering to promote enrollment options through the federal health care law, saying they hoped to help fill the void left by legislation blocking the state from funding similar efforts. read more >
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Study: Nearly 1 in 3 Arkansas Kids Live in Poverty

Nearly three out of 10 kids are living in poverty in Arkansas, but the number of children without health insurance has gone down, according to a national study released Tuesday that shows how children fare in each state. read more >
The Rev. Steve Copley, chair of Give Arkansas a Raise Now, said increasing the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour will help more than 168,000 Arkansas workers.  Montine McNulty, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association, said that if the minimum wage rises, restaurant owners would have two choices: lay off workers or raise the menu prices. (Photo of Copley by Jason Burt)
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Minimum Wage Proposals Spark Disagreement

Whether raising the minimum wage — a burning issue in the tourism and hospitality industries — will actually help all the people it’s aimed at is a question of deep disagreement, even among experts. There does appear to be, however, consensus on the minimum conditions necessary to have a sustainable economy. read more >
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Arkansas Highway Funding Bill Fails In House Committee

A proposal to divert tax revenue from car sales in Arkansas to the state's highways failed before a House panel Thursday after finance officials and education advocates warned the move could threaten state services. read more >