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A Big Lebowski in Little Rock: Jeff Bridges Comes to AR to Leave No Kid Hungry

Jeff Bridges - A Place at the TableIf you ask The Dude, the progress Arkansas is making towards leaving no kid hungry is a "Big Lebowski" deal. Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges is coming to little old Little Rock to celebrate the success Share Our Strength's "No Kid Hungry" campaign has had in making sure children get enough to eat.

According to Kathy Webb, executive director of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, a partner of Share Our Strength, the state has been one of the best for providing more school breakfasts. And she said that in the last year, summer feeding programs have grown by 1.6 million meals, the most in the country.


International Paper Donates 7,000 Acres in Arkansas

International PaperInternational Paper announced the donation of its Lake Erling property in southwest Arkansas to the American Gamebird Research Education and Development (AGRED) Foundation. The AGRED Foundation will preserve and improve the property to protect wildlife and will maintain the lake for public recreational use in perpetuity. The approximately 7,000-acre donated property includes the lakebed, a controlling dam and a small park that provides public access to the lake. The lake is a man-made impoundment that was constructed in the 1950s as a water source for International Paper's nearby Springhill Mill, which closed more than 30 years ago.  


Deadly bat disease confirmed in Arkansas

White-nose syndrome confirmed in Arkansas Arkansas becomes 23rd state to confirm deadly disease in bats

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has confirmed the presence of white-nose syndrome, a disease fatal to several bat species, in Arkansas. The disease was documented in two northern long-eared bats found at a cave on natural area managed by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission in Marion County.


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