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1 killed, 2 hurt in east Arkansas interstate crash

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) - Authorities say one person was killed and two others injured in a crash on Interstate 40 in east Arkansas.

Arkansas State Police say the wreck happened early Friday at the 270 mile marker in Crittenden County. According to a preliminary report, 57-year-old Jerry White of Memphis, Tenn., was killed when his SUV crossed the median and flipped over.

State police say White was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers in his SUV, both from Memphis, were injured and taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

The report didn't indicate what may have caused White to lose control of his vehicle.


Arkansas unemployment rate dips below 7 percent

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate has dropped below 7 percent for the first time in more than five years.

The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.9 percent in March, down from 7.1 percent in February. Agency spokeswoman Becky Heflin says it's the first time Arkansas' jobless rate has been below 7 percent since January 2009.

All major industry sectors posted gains in March. Jobs in leisure and hospitality rose by 3,200, while employment in trade, transportation and utilities increased by 3,000.

Construction added 1,900 jobs and government employment increased by 1,200.

The national unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in March.


Shoe company laying off 56 in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A shoe company says more than half its workforce at a Hot Springs manufacturing facility will be laid off, leaving 56 people out of work.

Munro & Co. says the first round of layoffs will happen in June with a second round occurring in July. The company produces the Munro American line of women's footwear and also imports shoes.

Last year, Munro & Co. closed its Mount Ida facility, putting 85 people out of work.

CEO Bruce Munro says the company has moved some operations to the Dominican Republic to remain competitive.

The Sentinel Record reports that after the layoffs, Munro will have 80 employees at its Hot Springs facilities, which include administrative positions. The company will also have more than 120 workers at its Clarksville plant.


Wildlife refuge to be renamed after Bumpers

ST. CHARLES, Ark. (AP) - A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a renaming ceremony Friday afternoon for the White River National Wildlife Refuge after Bumpers, a Democrat who was Arkansas' governor during the early 1970s before serving four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Bumpers, his wife Betty, and other family members are expected to attend the event in addition to wildlife service director Dan Ashe.

A new sign bearing Bumpers' name will be unveiled at the ceremony.


Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton's publisher says her upcoming book on her role as President Barack Obama's secretary of state will be called "Hard Choices."

Publisher Simon & Shuster said Friday the new book will offer Clinton's "inside account of the crises, choices and challenges" she faced as secretary of state and "how those experiences drive her view of the future."

The book will be released June 10.

The title could also reference another big decision looming for Clinton: whether to run for president again in 2016. Polls show her as the leading Democratic contender if she seeks the White House, which was once held by her husband, Bill Clinton.

The former first lady and New York senator is already a best-selling author of the 2003 memoir, "Living History."

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