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News Minute: Here is the latest Arkansas news from The Associated Press

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A judge has rejected an effort by Arkansas Republicans to force Governor Mike Beebe to disclose documents they say are public. A Pulaski County judge yesterday threw out the GOP Freedom of Information lawsuit. The judge agreed with the Democratic governor that the records fall under an exemption in state law. The GOP filed the lawsuit after it was denied access to some application documents.

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A Whirlpool spokesman says a toxic chemical found in the groundwater of a Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club doesn't pose a health risk. Spokesman Jeff Noel announced the results of the company's summer testing yesterday. The club's director says the chemical was found on an undeveloped edge of the property that will be separated by planned road construction.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - President Barack Obama has nominated the chairwoman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The White House announced yesterday its nomination of Colette Honorable as a commissioner on the agency that regulates the transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. Honorable has served on the Public Service Commission since 2007.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas state board says schools that train yoga teachers will soon need to attain a license. The Board of Private Career Education oversees private, postsecondary career schools for fields such as real estate, bail bonds and tattoo piercing. Board director Brenda Germann says yoga teacher-training schools in Arkansas should have been licensed sooner.

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