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9/05/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Investing in Scientific Research Gov. Mike Beebe 8/29/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Training Future STEM Educators Gov. Mike Beebe 8/22/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Arkansas Pays Its Debt Gov. Mike Beebe 8/15/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Big Potential for Broadband Gov. Mike Beebe 8/11/14 Arkansas Partners with National Nonprofit Group to Connect Arkansas Students to High-Speed Broadband Gov. Mike Beebe 8/08/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Leading the Nation Gov. Mike Beebe 8/05/14 Arkansas Sees Sharpest Drop in Uninsured Rate in the Nation Gov. Mike Beebe 8/01/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Degree Matters Gov. Mike Beebe 7/25/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Pursuing International Investment Gov. Mike Beebe 7/23/14 Federal Disaster Declarations Made for 10 Arkansas Counties Gov. Mike Beebe 7/17/14 Letter to John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Harry Reid, Majority Leader; Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader; Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader - Export-Import Bank Gov. Mike Beebe 7/11/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Firewise Continues to Combat Wildfires Gov. Mike Beebe 7/11/14 Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Firewise Continues to Combat Wildfires Gov. Mike Beebe 7/09/14 Even though wildfires got off to an alarming start earlier this year, the threat of wildfire danger across Arkansas has fortunately lessened. But because of many factors, including storm damage, many areas are still at risk. In an effort to prevent fires in our State, the Arkansas Forestry Commission continues encouraging communities to join the National Fire Protection Association's Firewise program. The Commission's Firewise team works collaboratively with statewide fire departments on issues of wildfire prevention, response, and awareness-building. The program provides excellent hands-on training to firefighters, teaching them to recognize the unique challenges presented where developed areas are in close proximity to forested areas. In Arkansas, almost all communities fit this profile. The program encourages local solutions for safety, involving homeowners in preparing in advance for the risk of wildfire. It educates firefighters on ways to communicate with residents about the particular risks in those surroundings, so that brush, grass and forest fires don't have to become disasters. A major component of the program is the development of Community Wildfire Preparedness Plans. By identifying high wildfire-risk areas, departments can make wiser decisions about station locations, resource allocations and the distribution of safety material. And this is valuable training, because wildfires present different challenges than structural fires. That knowledge alone makes communities safer. And, by completing different steps in the program, fire departments also earn grant money that is used to purchase wildland firefighting gear, making communities safer still. Additionally, when community fire departments obtain their Firewise certification, it improves the department's Insurance Service Office ranking. This could potentially lower insurance premiums for area residents. And one day, Arkansans in communities that have obtained Firewise certification may automatically receive lower insurance rates, as is the case in California. I'm proud that for almost 10 years, Arkansas has had more Firewise communities than any other state. Last year, one of those communities - the town of Norphlet in Union County - was one of five recognized nationally for its fire-mitigation efforts. Norphlet, like many other towns in Arkansas, has been a Firewise community for several years. The high recertification rate indicates that Arkansas communities see much value in the program. Interested communities can receive help from Forestry Commission staffers, who are willing to visit fire crews and walk them through program requirements. This support is especially useful considering that most Arkansas fire departments are volunteer-based. Firewise is an easy-to-understand program with handouts, resources, how-to guides and carefully planned training initiatives. So far this year, the Arkansas Forestry Commission has suppressed more than 1,000 wildfires that burned approximately 15,000 acres. More than 75 structures have been lost. We are hopeful that Mother Nature will bring mild weather to Arkansas, thereby lowering wildfire risk, but our communities must always be prepared to protect lives and property. Firewise is one of the best ways to insure that preparation, and it's easy. By investing time in training, communities across Arkansas can avoid devastation from fires and maintain the signature lush beauty that our State is known for. Gov. Mike Beebe 7/04/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: European Opportunities Gov. Mike Beebe 6/27/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Calling in the Legislature Gov. Mike Beebe 6/20/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: A Milestone in Veterans Care Gov. Mike Beebe 6/13/14 Governor Beebe Calls for Arkansas Schools to Regain Access to Statewide Broadband Network Gov. Mike Beebe 6/13/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Aaddress: New Jobs Across Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe 6/06/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Keeping Arkansas Beautiful for 25 Years Gov. Mike Beebe 5/30/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Healthy Results Gov. Mike Beebe 5/28/14 Governor Beebe's Statement on the Death of Maya Angelou Gov. Mike Beebe 5/23/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Standing To Volunteer Gov. Mike Beebe 5/16/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: A Promise That Still Delivers Gov. Mike Beebe 5/09/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: National Cuts To The National Guard Gov. Mike Beebe 5/02/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Strength and Recovery Gov. Mike Beebe 4/25/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Keeping Pace With Global Competition Gov. Mike Beebe 4/18/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Tourism Treasures Gov. Mike Beebe 4/11/14 Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Rewarding Educational Excellence Gov. Mike Beebe 4/04/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Our Underground Infrastructure Gov. Mike Beebe 3/28/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Arkansas Grown Gov. Mike Beebe 3/21/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Feeding Our Future Gov. Mike Beebe 3/17/14 Governor Beebe Issues Line-Item Veto Gov. Mike Beebe 3/14/14 Blog: Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Firewise Statewide Gov. Mike Beebe 3/10/14 Governor Beebe Announces Intent to Grant Pardons Gov. Mike Beebe 3/07/14 Blog: Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: The Private Option Passes Gov. Mike Beebe 2/28/14 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Army National Guard Cuts Gov. Mike Beebe 2/28/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Protecting Those Who Protect Us Gov. Mike Beebe 2/21/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Good Results From Health Care Payment Reform Gov. Mike Beebe 2/14/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Agents of Change and Equality Gov. Mike Beebe 2/07/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Farm Families Persevering Gov. Mike Beebe 1/31/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: How Health Care Policy Impacts Prisons Gov. Mike Beebe 1/24/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Still Time for Flu Protection Gov. Mike Beebe 1/17/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Budget Decisions Ahead Gov. Mike Beebe 1/10/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: More Improvement Needed Gov. Mike Beebe 1/03/14 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: A New Election Year Gov. Mike Beebe 12/27/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Progress In Fighting Hunger Gov. Mike Beebe 12/23/13 Letter to President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Pelosi - Clear Path for Trade and Investment Gov. Mike Beebe 12/20/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Closer To Home For Christmas Gov. Mike Beebe 12/13/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: A Stronger Health Care Infrastructure Gov. Mike Beebe 12/11/13 Governor Beebe's Statement on the Death of Senator Jim Hill Gov. Mike Beebe 12/05/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Winter Weather Gov. Mike Beebe 11/27/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Setting Our Mega-Sites Gov. Mike Beebe 11/22/13 Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Thankful For More Than We Know Gov. Mike Beebe 11/15/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Arkansas's New Promise Gov. Mike Beebe 11/08/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Parole Corrections Gov. Mike Beebe 11/04/13 Arkansas State Police Administrative Investigation Regarding Department of Community Correction Complete Gov. Mike Beebe 11/01/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Remote Help to Fight Stro Gov. Mike Beebe 10/25/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Simplifying Government Services Gov. Mike Beebe 10/18/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Special Session Gov. Mike Beebe 9/30/13 Governor Beebe's Statement on the Potential Federal Government Shutdown Gov. Mike Beebe 9/27/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Arkansas's Health Insurance Marketplace Gov. Mike Beebe 9/27/13 Arkansas Receives Federal Approval for Arkansas Private Option Gov. Mike Beebe 9/20/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Offering Hope to Keep People Alive Gov. Mike Beebe 9/13/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address - Insurance Solutions for School Employees Gov. Mike Beebe 9/06/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Giving Newborns a Healthy Chance Gov. Mike Beebe 8/30/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: New Expectations in Education Gov. Mike Beebe 8/23/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Human Trafficking Gov. Mike Beebe 8/16/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Watching the Buffalo Gov. Mike Beebe 8/09/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Expanding Arkansas Manufacturing Gov. Mike Beebe 8/02/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Remembering "The Forgotten War" Gov. Mike Beebe 7/26/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Microscopic Science, Massive Achievements Gov. Mike Beebe 7/19/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: A Common Sense Solution Gov. Mike Beebe 7/17/13 Letter to Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House of Representatives - Immigration Reform Gov. Mike Beebe 7/12/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Arkansas's Second Harvest Gov. Mike Beebe 7/05/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Wildfire Season Gov. Mike Beebe 6/28/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: A New Budget Year Begins Gov. Mike Beebe 6/21/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Summer Learning Gov. Mike Beebe 6/14/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: More Summer Food for Arkansas Children Gov. Mike Beebe 6/07/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Virtual Technology with Real Potential Gov. Mike Beebe 6/05/13 Governor Beebe to Request Rainy Day Funds for Health Education Grants Gov. Mike Beebe 5/31/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Preserving Our Safety Net Gov. Mike Beebe 5/24/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Remebering Those Gone and Caring for Those Here Gov. Mike Beebe 5/21/13 Governor Beebe's Statement on the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado Gov. Mike Beebe 5/17/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Broadband Health Care Gov. Mike Beebe 5/10/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Building a History of Better Care Gov. Mike Beebe 5/03/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Supporting Arkansas Scholars Gov. Mike Beebe 4/26/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: End of the Session Gov. Mike Beebe 4/19/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Artistic Tourism Gov. Mike Beebe 4/12/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Keeping Children and Families Together Gov. Mike Beebe 4/05/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Arkansas's Option for Health Care Gov. Mike Beebe 4/02/13 Governor Beebe Receives Arkansas Private Option Letter From HHS Secretary Sebelius Gov. Mike Beebe 3/29/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Stopping Sexual Violence Gov. Mike Beebe 3/25/13 Governor Beebe Vetoes Senate Bill 2 Gov. Mike Beebe 3/22/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: 100 Years of the Arkansas Department of Health Gov. Mike Beebe 3/15/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Replanting Arkansas Trees Gov. Mike Beebe 3/08/13 Governor Beebe's Weekly Column and Radio Address: Helping to Feed More Children Gov. Mike Beebe 3/05/13 Governors Fight to Keep Wrestling in Olympics Gov. Mike Beebe 3/04/13 Governor Beebe Vetoes Senate Bill 134 Gov. Mike Beebe 3/01/13 Governor Beebe's weekly column and radio address: Finding Answers in Washington Gov. Mike Beebe