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2014 calm year
Posted Tuesday, December 16, at 12:27 PM
By objective measures, 2014 has been a fairly calm year weather-wise in Arkansas. We've seen instances of drought, wildfires and flooding, but they've been fewer when compared to historic instances in the past five years. There were some extreme conditions in the winter and summer, but again, nothing unusually lengthy or unprecedented. ...

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Recognizing research
Posted Tuesday, December 9, at 9:29 AM

Economic development is usually looked at from the standpoint of recruiting new businesses and entities to our State and nurturing the industries and businesses that already call Arkansas home. We endeavor to make certain that the work force is well-suited for the high-paying jobs we are busy establishing in Arkansas. ...

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Forever home for the holidays
Posted Tuesday, December 2, at 1:12 PM

The holiday season is a special time of year for families. It is a time filled with old and new memories that are cherished for a lifetime. And the bonds that we form, strengthen and rekindle with family members over Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas mornings throughout the years can have a profound impact on all of us. ...

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Giving thanks and giving purpose
Posted Tuesday, November 25, at 10:50 AM

This Thanksgiving, many of us are looking forward to joining with family and friends and to the break from life's demands that the holiday affords us. But in President John F. Kennedy's final Thanksgiving proclamation, he urged Americans not to use it simply as a day of rest. ...

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Two final budgets
Posted Tuesday, November 18, at 1:55 PM

During my last year in office, I have visited many annual events and celebrated many annual traditions with a sense of nostalgia. At each of these occasions, I was acutely aware that it was my last time there as governor. This week brought my final visit to the legislature's Joint Budget Committee. ...

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Governor Beebe's statement on the death of Ruth Whitaker
Posted Tuesday, November 11, at 11:59 AM

"Ruth Whitaker was a strong, independent Arkansan who didn't fear anyone or shy away from anything. While we didn't always agree politically, most conversations between Ruth and me would still end with both of us laughing. She carried a deep love of Arkansas and her people, and I will miss her wry smile and sensibility." - Governor Mike Beebe...

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Granting chances
Posted Tuesday, November 4, at 11:27 AM

When our communities have the proper workforce in place for the 21st-century economy, we have the most critical piece of the economic development puzzle. But building a vibrant economy does not end there. The State has tools and resources that local leaders can utilize to not only improve their communities for residents, but also to attract businesses...

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Private options
Posted Tuesday, October 28, at 1:36 PM

During his recent trip to Louisiana, Bill Clinton took time in his speech to thank the people of Louisiana. He thanked them for playing a role in paying for Arkansans' health insurance. And he was right. Every state that borders Arkansas is helping to pay for the health care of our citizens. That's a direct result of the Private Option...

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Contagious diseases
Posted Tuesday, October 21, at 10:28 AM

The latest outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has claimed more than four thousand lives, and for the first time, the virus has made its way to the United States. Constant news about Ebola, combined with speculation and the unknown, have generated both greater awareness and heightened fear among Americans...

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Advancing scores
Posted Tuesday, October 14, at 1:03 PM

Education continues to be our top priority in Arkansas, and we know that one of our biggest educational challenges is increasing the number of Arkansans who earn college degrees. This week, we received positive news reinforcing our long-term progress toward that goal. ...

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Nighthawk visits State Capitol
Posted Tuesday, September 23, at 11:45 AM

A robot, named Nighthawk, whizzed around my conference room in the State Capitol last week. The machine spun on its four wheels while flashing its bright lights and stopping on a dime at my feet. It chased a ball around the room, tossing it and fetching it, even catapulting it to me from across the room. It entertained all of the adults in the room, including leaders from across this State. But they were not the ones who built Nighthawk...

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20 years of Americorps
Posted Tuesday, September 16, at 11:54 AM

Every day, you can witness Arkansas's volunteer spirit in action. You may see individuals, families and groups who show up to lend a hand at the site of a natural disaster. There are many in our communities who take the initiative and give their own time and resources to start programs that help make our hometowns better places to live. ...

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Investing in research
Posted Wednesday, September 10, at 2:59 PM

With every passing year, science and technology grow more and more important to economic success. It is research that fuels technology's advances and creates opportunities for tomorrow. Therefore, one of the most important steps we can take as a society and as a state is to invest in research. ...

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Training future stem eductors
Posted Tuesday, September 2, at 3:23 PM

LITTLE ROCK - Another academic year is underway, and we are one step closer to 2020. That is the predicted date when three-fourths of the jobs in Arkansas will require advanced skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics: the STEM disciplines. ...

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Arkansas pays its debt
Posted Tuesday, August 26, at 9:23 AM

Arkansas and America are still feeling the after effects of the Great Recession. Since the global economic collapse of 2008, our State has worked tirelessly to replace lost jobs and restore economic growth. While there are many national factors that influence the speed and scope of any recovery effort, there is a benchmark we are about to reach in Arkansas. Again, we show our capacity to work together and meet challenges...

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Big potential for broadband
Posted Tuesday, August 19, at 10:35 AM

Arkansas has made great strides in national measurements for health care, excellence in education, and continued economic stability. We will keep building on that progress by embracing the tools, skills and resources necessary for us to remain competitive. One of those vital resources is a stronger broadband Internet infrastructure in our state, especially in our schools...

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Leading the nation
Posted Tuesday, August 12, at 1:02 PM

While we've made great advances as a state in recent years, there are still areas where we sit toward the bottom in national rankings and need to improve. So, although we often see success, we stop only briefly to enjoy it before moving on to the next task. Happily, one of those pauses came along this week with some great Arkansas news...

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Degree Matters
Posted Tuesday, August 5, at 3:56 PM

In our ongoing efforts to increase the number of Arkansans completing college degrees, a new program shows promise for rapid results. This new initiative, called Degree Matters, targets approximately 6,000 people who have already completed three-fourths of the coursework required for an Associate's Degree. The initiative has such great potential to make a difference that all of Arkansas's two- and four-year colleges and universities are on board to help it succeed...

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Pursuing International investment
Posted Tuesday, July 29, at 1:56 PM

This past week, I returned from what is likely to be my last international trade mission as Governor of Arkansas. The journey to three European countries showcased the full range of all that can be gained through in-person contact with current and potential international investors. ...

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Firewise continues to combat wildfires
Posted Tuesday, July 15, at 9:55 AM

Even though wildfires got off to an alarming start earlier this year, the threat of wildfire danger across Arkansas has fortunately lessened. But because of many factors, including storm damage, many areas are still at risk. In an effort to prevent fires in our State, the Arkansas Forestry Commission continues encouraging communities to join the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise program. ...

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