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Cutline1 Composite Photo By Dale Ellis State rep. Stephen Meeks, R-Greenbrier, who has nurtured a lifelong passion for astronomy, gazes up at the night sky, although earthbound glare from artificial lighting obscures most of the stars. This view, made from a composite, illustrates what the night sky above the earth reveals away from sources of artificial light. Meeks said, although there are areas in Arkansas that afford relatively clear views of the Milky Way, no place in Arkansas is free of glare, which he hopes to change through legislation meant to curb light pollution.

Meeks looks to the stars to promote science education

Dec 29, 2015 4:01pm

For millennia, humans have cast their gaze to the heavens seeking solace, guidance, spiritual direction, portents of future events, and clues to the origins of the cosmos and time itself. In a...

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Court makes state history with 4 female justices

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Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, is co-sponsoring The Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2105. (Arkansas News Bureau file photo)

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Measures to cut state income taxes, change the way lottery scholarships are awarded and give legislators rule-making authority over state courts are among the bills Arkansas legislators have filed...

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