No Looking Back: Dustin McDaniel
The largest casualty, of course, was the state Democratic Party, which itself dominated local and state politics for more than 100 years and with rare exceptions accounted for the state’s entire congressional delegation.
But it could be argued that Dustin McDaniel represents the biggest individual political casualty. McDaniel, elected the state’s attorney general in 2006, was the next presumed leader of the party and even the state, the heir to Gov. Mike Beebe, the popular two-term Democrat who left office in 2015. But the crimson tide washed those presumptions away. Read the full story here.
The Meteor Shifting Its Operations to Northwest Arkansas
The Meteor is shifting its Arkansas operations from Little Rock to the northwest part of the state.
In a Facebook post, the company announced that it would be relocating its operations to Bentonville. The move is scheduled to take place in early to mid-December. Read the full story here.
Efforts to Expand Literacy Paying Dividends
Arkansas has made a strong commitment to making sure that children learn to read at an early age, and the federal government has recognized our efforts with a grant of $38 million to improve literacy.
The money will be sent to Arkansas over the next five years. It is the highest amount possible in the category of literacy grants distributed by the U.S. Education Department. Read the full story here.
UAMS Breaks Ground on $150 Million Energy Project
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has broken ground on its new $150 million energy project that is designed to address the institution’s energy needs and efficiencies. The project includes a $49 million electrical power plant.
Girls Who Code CEO to Deliver Speech in Fayetteville
In December, the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code will deliver a keynote speech as part of the University of Arkansas Distinguished Lecture Series.
Reshma Saujani will present her speech on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Fayetteville Town Center, at 7 p.m. The free event will open for students at 6:15 p.m. and for the general public at 6:30 p.m. Read the full story here.