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

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Entergy Arkansas says a line of strong thunderstorms have knocked out power to more than 39,000 homes and businesses. Several northwest counties have been on alert for severe weather, including hail and 60 mile-per-hour winds.

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - There may not have been a suspicious person on the Little Rock Air Force Base after all. Military officials who locked down the base for about five hours Wednesday said after lifting the restriction that the earlier report is no longer credible. They say the incident wasn't part of a planned emergency exercise at the base.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The federal Labor Department is giving Arkansas another $1 million to help pay for the cleanup after a storm last December. Fourteen counties are eligible to get public assistance. The money will go to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and let the state agency keep on temporary workers who are helping with the recovery.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The secretary of state says people seeking to raise the Arkansas minimum wage will need more than 15,000 signatures from registered voters to get that question on the ballot in November. The group Give Arkansas a Raise Now has until August 18th to submit more petitions. The group wants to boost the hourly wage from $6.25 to $8.50 by 2017.

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