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Drilling lawsuit settled

LITTLE ROCK — Oil and gas company SEECO has agreed to pay $950,000 to the federal government to resolve allegations that it drilled into unleased, federally owned natural gas in Conway and Van Buren counties.

Murray lock closed, not dewatered

LITTLE ROCK — Although the Army Corps of Engineers closed Murray Lock on the Arkansas River on Sunday so workers could “dewater” it to assess and repair the downstream lock gates, workers could not dewater the lock because maintenance issues made installation of a temporary dam impossible.

Punishment policies under scrutiny by UA education policy office

For the second year in a row, the University of Arkansas Office Of Education Policy presented its findings on a continuing study of how students in Arkansas public schools are disciplined for rules infractions, including how strict and how often, and who receives it and who dishes it out. One of the findings dealt with groups of students who are disciplined more often and more strictly than others for the same types of infractions.

Governor says coding just start of computer education

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Tuesday that his initial goal of at least one computer science course in each school is intended to be a starting point, with plans to grow taking shape already, and that the Computer Science Task Force has voted to make the Arkansas Department of Education responsible for development and implementation of a full computer science curriculum to be offered statewide.

Tech on Wheels

To showcase the sleek look and new name of the former Central Arkansas Transit Authority, one of the new Rock Region METRO compressed natural gas-fueled buses is displayed at the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce Plaza in Little Rock on Tuesday. The new buses, 15 in all, will offer free WiFi and soon will be linked to a GPS-based mobile app, which will provide passenger information in real time. (Special to the Arkansas News Bureau/Dale Ellis)

Arkansas AG joins battle against EPA rule

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that Arkansas has joined Florida in a 17-state coalition to challenge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for illegally invalidating the individual air quality protection plans in those states.