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The Clinton School Board held a special meeting Monday evening. During the meeting, they voted to move on to the next phase of the K-3 construction project; accepted the proposed personnel policy that has been presented to the PPC for review; and voted to uphold the recommendation of the superintendent to terminate an employee.


Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks into pregnancy. House Bill 1037, if it became law, “would squarely contradict Supreme Court precedent” by imposing a ban on a woman’s right to choose an elective, non-therapeutic abortion before viability, Beebe said. The nation’s highest court has ruled that states cannot ban abortions prior to viability, which the court has established at 23-24 weeks.

“When I was sworn in as governor, I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend both the Arkansas Constitution and the Constitution of the United States. I take that oath seriously,” the governor in a statement.

Overriding a gubernatorial veto takes a simple majority vote — 51 votes in the House and 18 votes in the Senate — well below the bipartisan margins that HB 1037 passed in both chambers. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Andy Mayberry, R-Hensley, had no immediate comment about Beebe’s veto.

Beebe said adoption of unconstitutional laws can be costly to Arkansas taxpayers.


The Arkansas Attorney General’s office is warning resident to look out for a scam in which con artists pose as representatives of a sweepstakes company and make false promises of cars and cash. The “winner” is asked to send a few hundred dollars to pay taxes and processing fees.

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