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Meeting

There will be a public meeting concerning the Clinton Water system at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at the Clinton Municipal Airport, Clinton Mayor Roger Rorie has confirmed. Notice of the meeting was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, he said. The meeting is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

Certified

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Monday certified the popular name and ballot title of a proposed constitutional amendment that would make every county in Arkansas a wet county.

The proposal by attorney David Couch would allow the manufacture, sale, distribution and transportation of alcohol in every county in the state effective July 1, 2015. McDaniel rejected three previous versions of the proposal because of ambiguities in the text but certified the fourth version after Couch made revisions.

The certification clears the way for Couch to begin collecting signatures. About 78,000 signatures of registered Arkansas voters are needed to place the proposal on the November general election ballot.

Jobless

Arkansas’ unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.6 percent in April, according to labor statistic released Friday.

The state’s jobless rate last month was down from the April 2013 rate of 7.5 percent, the state Department of Workforce Services said.

Arkansas’ unemployment level last month exceeded the national rate of 6.2 percent, which was down from 6.7 percent in March and 7.5 percent a year ago.

DWS said 1.2 million Arkansas were employed in April and 86,700 were unemployed.

Eight major industry sectors added jobs last month, one declined and two were unchanged. The biggest growth was in leisure and hospitality, which increased by 2,800 jobs.

The only major industry sector to report overall losses was education and health services, which declined by 200 jobs.

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