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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Arkansas Newsletter for Sunday October 06, 2019 ( 5 items )  

Federal Judge: American Atheists Free Speech Lawsuit Has a 'Fair Chance of Prevailing,' Can Move Ahead
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, Sept. 30 -- American Atheists issued the following news: An Arkansas federal judge ruled today that American Atheists' lawsuit against Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert has a "fair chance of prevailing" and allowed it to move forward. Judge Kristine G. Baker of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas denied Jason Rapert's motion to dismiss the lawsuit against him. "Rapert has repeatedly called our lawsuit against him 'frivolous.' Today's  more

Friends Committee on National Legislation: Eight States Now on Both Hungriest and Poorest Lists
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 -- The Friends Committee on National Legislation issued the following news release: Eight states now rank in the top ten as both the hungriest and poorest in the country, according to recently released government data. New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, and West Virginia were on both lists in 2017. Now, for 2018, Oklahoma has joined their ranks. While there have been reductions in national poverty and hunger rates, the recent Census and Agricult  more

Nearly 54 Million Americans Have Pre-Existing Conditions That Would Make Them Uninsurable in the Individual Market Without the ACA
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation issued the following news release: An updated KFF analysis estimates that almost 54 million people - or 27% of all adults under 65 --have pre-existing health conditions that would likely have made them uninsurable in the individual markets that existed in most states before the Affordable Care Act. The share of adults under 65 with such declinable pre-existing conditions varies significantly across states, from at least a third in Wes  more

PETA: Alert to Police - Pony Attack at Roadside Zoo Violates State Law
GENTRY, Arkansas, Oct. 3 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - PETA Calls For Investigation After Bear Pins Down, Bites Pony at Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari * * * This morning, PETA sent a letter asking the Benton County Sheriff's Office and the Arkansas State Police to investigate Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari over an incident last month in which visitors to the roadside zoo caught on video a bear biting a pony while pinning  more

Talented Latino Educators Selected for UnidosUS National Institute for Latino School Leaders 2019 Cohort of Fellows
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- UnidosUS issued the following news release: UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), the nation's largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, announced today that 15 leaders from across the country were selected from a competitive pool of applicants as the 2019 Fellows for the National Institute for Latino School Leaders (NILSL). The 2019 NILSL cohort is comprised of educators from California, Arkansas, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Tennes  more