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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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Trade missions important to Arkansas
Posted Tuesday, July 8, at 9:44 AM

This month, I will lead the last overseas trade mission of my administration. It has often been difficult to convince me to leave Arkansas for more than a few days at a time. However, I recognize the importance of these trips, the personal relationships they establish and the economic opportunities they provide for our State. Whether connecting with existing Arkansas companies or meeting new prospective employers, these trips can also produce more investments and new jobs for Arkansans...

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A milestone in veterans care
Posted Tuesday, June 24, at 9:06 AM

I, like most Americans, am deeply concerned about the recent revelations of systemic problems and allegations of misconduct within our U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The men and women who have served our country are forced to maneuver a health-care system with a massive backlog, outdated equipment and, sometimes, dangerously long waits at VA hospitals. Federal leaders must find the solutions to fix medical-care failures and meet the needs of our veterans...

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Data coming in on Private Option health-insurance program
Posted Tuesday, June 3, at 3:36 PM

While we have been talking about Arkansas's Private Option health-insurance program for a long time now, it's actually only been active for five months. Those who work but can't otherwise afford health insurance have only been signing up for eight months. Still, we are beginning to get some real data about our progress so far, and there is encouragement that this trailblazing experiment can live up to its potential...

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National cuts to the National Guard
Posted Tuesday, May 13, at 9:40 AM

This winter, I spoke about the unified front demonstrated by our nation's governors over the worrisome matter of potential cuts to the National Guard. Cuts are planned over the next two years to reduce the size of the Guard nationwide from 350,000 to 335,000. This includes about 300 soldiers in Arkansas...

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Strength and recovery
Posted Tuesday, May 6, at 5:19 PM

Last year, Arkansas had an unusually calm year for tornado activity. It was a nice reprieve, but we knew it wouldn't last. On the night of April 27, powerful storms tore through Central Arkansas. A high-end EF4 tornado devastated Mayflower and Vilonia, staying on the ground for more than 40 miles through three counties. Fifteen Arkansans lost their lives, making it the deadliest day for twisters in our State since the storms of March 1, 1997...

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Keeping pace with global competition
Posted Tuesday, April 29, at 10:59 AM

The United States is a country built by exceptional achievements and a drive to always set the bar higher. However, in recent years, our national education system has not met those standards. The latest international educational survey was released late last year by the Program for International School Assessment. ...

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Tourism treasurers
Posted Tuesday, April 22, at 2:39 PM

Throughout my time as Governor, we have seen many twists and turns in the national economy that have made their impact known in Arkansas. Throughout both the tumultuous and brighter times, I've been extremely pleased by the accomplishments of the Arkansas tourism industry. Its members have worked hard to promote Arkansas's unfailing hospitality and the many wonders our State has to offer...

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Rewarding educational excellence
Posted Wednesday, April 16, at 2:19 PM

As part of our ongoing quest to improve educational outcomes, the State of Arkansas now provides financial awards to public schools for academic achievement, academic growth and high graduation rates. This motivational approach is called the Arkansas School Recognition and Reward Program. ...

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